University Assistant/Associate Professor in Climate and Environmental Fluid Dynamics

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Applications are invited for an Assistant/Associate Professorship in Climate and Environmental Fluid Dynamics, jointly held in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) and the Department of Earth Sciences (DES) to commence on 1 September 2024 or shortly thereafter.

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent and be able to demonstrate an outstanding research track record within the broad area of Climate and Environmental Science, for example in areas including but not limited to:

  • Atmospheric dynamics
  • Cloud microphysics
  • Flooding
  • Extreme weather
  • Response and adaptation to climate change
  • Groundwater transport and/or composition

Applications are particularly encouraged from those in climate and environmental fluid dynamics that significantly exploit the unique facilities of the GK Batchelor laboratory in DAMTP, and which complement and extend pre-existing strengths across Climate and Environmental Sciences at the University and the British Antarctic Survey.

It would be beneficial, though not essential, for applicants' work to be informed by, or combined with, the collection or interpretation of field data. An ability to teach in both the Mathematical Tripos and the Natural Sciences Tripos is essential. Experience in encouraging and supporting applicants and students from groups underrepresented in STEM subjects, including women will be an advantage.

This is one of two faculty positions in support of a new MPhil in Quantitative Climate and Environmental Sciences jointly developed by DAMTP and DES in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey.

The successful candidate will be expected to give undergraduate and masters-level lectures, in particular contributing to the new MPhil in Quantitative Climate and Environmental Sciences.

The successful candidate will also take feedback from students and provide career or pastoral advice and perform other usual departmental duties such as those associated with examinations. They will be expected to investigate and lead new areas of research, seek out new funding opportunities and submit grant applications. They will also be required to write papers for publication, attend conferences, network with national/international colleagues and give presentations.

Appointment will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for University Assistant or Associate Professors. Appointment as an Assistant Professor will normally be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance. Appointment as Associate Professor will typically require a demonstrable history of exceptional achievement.

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You will need to upload a 1-2 page cover letter addressing the Assistant or Associate Professor person specification and your relevant experience, a full curriculum vitae, research, teaching and equality, diversity and inclusion statements, a list of publications and the contact details (including email address) of three academic referees. Please ensure that your referees are contactable at any time during the selection process and are made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; please encourage them to do so promptly.

Informal enquiries about the position may be made to Professor Colm-cille Caulfield (DAMTP) by email:

Please quote reference LE40014 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. 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 departments. The University of Cambridge values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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

Complete applications are due 31 March 2024, and interviews will be conducted in Cambridge during the first half of May 2024.

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