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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Postdoctoral Research Associate in ancient and historical land use, water use and water management in India University of Cambridge - McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research Vacancy Reference No: Salary: £31,604 - £38,833 Limit of tenure applies*

Defining a Second Green Revolution for India. The Research Associate will work on a Flagship Project that is exploring aspects of land use, water use and water management in a changing monsoon climate in India. Specifically, this role will identify resilient and sustainable farming and water-use practices in the past as a means to inform policy and practice in the present. The Research Associate will collect data on ancient and historical land cover, crop use/diversity, water availability and water use in northwest India (Haryana, Punjab and northern Rajasthan) and south India (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) by compiling available archaeological, palaeoclimate and historical data sets. These data will be correlated with data on modern practices collected by the other PDRAs on the Flagship Project (based in India) in order to identify resilient and sustainable farming and water-use practices from the past that can be used to inform policy and practice in the present. This integrated data analysis will inform models in this and other Flagship Projects that explore water efficient options for modern practice.

The work is funded under a Global Challenges Research Fund project TIGR2ESS: Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies (, which is a multi-institution research collaboration led by the University of Cambridge. The post holder will work under the supervision of Dr Cameron Petrie in the Department of Archaeology, and will be based in the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

The TIGR2ESS project will be recruiting Post Doctoral Research Associates for other positions related to this Flagship Project in India.

The closing date for applications will be Sunday 15th July 2018. The successful candidates would be expected to start work on 1 October 2018.

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Informal inquiries should be directed to Dr Cameron Petrie by email,

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years. The successful applicant will be expected to start at the base of the scale shown above.

It is expected that interviews will be held in July either in person or by SKYPE. Provisional interview date: 27th July 2018

Please quote reference JC15866 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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