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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Consequences and co-benefits of carbon credits (Fixed-term)

Department of Zoology

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 09th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £33,309-£40,927
  • REF: PF28930
  • Closes: 22nd November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with an understanding of conservation science, a strong interest in the impacts of nature based climate solutions for both people and nature, 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 December 2021.

The successful candidate will join the Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits which aims to verify the claims and consequences of carbon credit generating activities, to ensure these have the most beneficial impact as we transition to a net-zero future.

This purpose of this job is to develop datasets and techniques for estimating the livelihood and biodiversity benefits, as well as leakage, resulting from carbon projects. The outcomes will be used to identify carbon credits which benefit people and nature most.

You will hold a PhD in conservation science, economics, agriculture or another relevant subject, and demonstrable skills in data manipulation and statistics using Google Earth Engine, R and Python. You will also be a competent scientific communicator with evidence of publication and spoken communication. Experience with data on species range data and habitat preferences as encoded by the IUCN Red List is essential, as is knowledge of the empirical literature on the environmental impacts of nature-based climate solutions and agriculture. 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 Tom Swinfield, as well as investigators from the Centre for Carbon Credits. 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 until 31 December 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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If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia NezhentsevaEmail: an286@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PF28930 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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