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University Assistant Professor in Natural Hazards

The Faculty of Earth Sciences and Geography at the University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a University Assistant Professor in Natural Hazards. The post is available from 1 January 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Geography and the Department of Earth Sciences are separate Departments but constitute a single Faculty. The main buildings of both Departments are on the Downing Site in the centre of Cambridge, but both Departments also include other centres, including the Scott Polar Research Institute and the Bullard Laboratories. The research agendas of each Department intersect, but their teaching programmes at undergraduate level have hitherto remained separate.

We seek an individual ready to embrace the epistemological diversity found across the two Departments and capitalise on the possibilities of interdisciplinary research and teaching. This could include forging new cross-departmental (and cross-University and external) research collaborations, as well as bringing innovation to existing areas of interest. There are several wider initiatives in Cambridge that might also be relevant to the successful candidate, such as the Disaster Research Network, the Centre for Risk Studies, the Cambridge Global Challenges network, and the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.

Candidates should hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and will have an academic record appropriate for their career stage. We specifically seek candidates whose research concerns understanding of natural hazards, defined loosely to include geophysical (e.g. volcanic eruptions, tsunami, earthquakes, landslides), and climatological classes (e.g. drought, flooding, atmospheric and oceanic processes, and/or their interactions, such as hurricanes and volcanic forcing). Candidates should demonstrate how they can bridge the research interests of both Departments.

Candidates should be able to, or have the strong potential to, inspire and educate a diverse range of students at all levels of the Departments' undergraduate degrees and at Masters level, including the ability and willingness to contribute to laboratory and/or field-based teaching and training, and a willingness to take a leading role in the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

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Please provide a curriculum vitae and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. In the covering letter you are encouraged to describe how your knowledge, skills and experience match the Person Specification for the role. Full contact details of three referees are required, at least two of whom we may contact if you are invited for interview.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place in Cambridge between 13 and 15 September 2023.

Please quote reference LC36486 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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