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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Plant Sciences

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 03rd Dec 2021
  • Salary: £33,309-£40,927
  • REF: PD29218
  • Closes: 15th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

The Pellegrini lab in the Department of Plant Sciences is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow funded via a Joint Newton-Wellcome Trust grant titled “Public health burden of wildfires in the United Kingdom: establishing a baseline and attributing health impacts of climate change.”

We seek a postdoctoral research fellow for a tenure of 18 months (possibility of a 6 months extension) to evaluate the threat of wildfires to human health through their production of smoke and how changing fire regimes in the UK has increased the smoke exposure of human populations. Ideal skills include experience working with remote sensing products (particularly GOES-17 satellite data), climate projections, geospatial statistics, artificial intelligence classification algorithms, and production of interactive maps.

The fellow will be hosted in the Pellegrini lab in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Our lab is committed to fostering a diverse work environment grounded in collegiality and equality; thus we strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. Cambridge is a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment, with opportunities to be involved in the Cambridge Conservation Research Institute and the Centre for Earth Observation. Training for postdoctoral fellows, teaching opportunities, and collaborative grants are available.

Any queries should be submitted to Adam Pellegrini, ap2188@cam.ac.uk. Include a 2 page CV (including contact information for two letters of reference), 1 page statement on your past research, and 1 page statement on how you would evaluate the contribution of climate change to an environmental hazard at large spatial scales.

As a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), the University of Cambridge does not use journal level metrics when assessing the quality of research outputs. Applicants should not include journal level metrics, such as the Journal Impact Factor, anywhere in their application materials. Applicants should highlight a select subset of what they consider to be their most important research outputs and provide a brief narrative account of their significance.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

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Please notice that if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Please quote reference PD29218 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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