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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Environmental impacts of people's diets (fixed term)

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with an understanding of conservation science and/or agriculture, a strong interest in the environmental impacts of farming, and advanced skills in data manipulation and interdisciplinary analysis.

You will be an excellent communicator, with enthusiasm for working with colleagues in different disciplines and an interest in addressing real-world problems. The preferred start date is from 1 November 2021, but there is flexibility.

The successful candidate will join the UKRI-funded Mandala programme, led by Professor Martin White at the MRC Epidemiology unit in Cambridge. This programme aims to generate evidence on urban food system transformation, in order to inform promising interventions for improving city-wide health and sustainability outcomes.

This job is to develop datasets and techniques for estimating the environmental impacts of people's diets and of large-scale interventions aimed at lessening them. The outcomes will be critical in designing and evaluating pilot interventions.

You should hold a PhD in conservation science, agriculture or another relevant subject, and demonstrable skills in data manipulation, analysis and interpretation, as well as scientific communication. Experience with Life Cycle Analyses, food production data and/or species distribution information is highly desirable, as is knowledge of the empirical literature on the environmental impacts of farming. You will enjoy working with a wide range of people, as part of a team, and be able to organise your time effectively.

You will work in the Department of Zoology's Conservation Science Group and work there with Professor Andrew Balmford, and Dr Lynn Dicks, who runs the Agroecology Group. You will be based in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative's campus in the David Attenborough Building – a global hub which brings together over 500 conservation researchers, practitioners and policy makers from across the University and 9 different conservation organisations.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up until 31 October 2024.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

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Please quote reference PF27434 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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