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Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)


Location:  University Park
Salary:  £29,762 to £38,474 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £33348 with relevant PhD).
Closing Date:  Friday 02 June 2023
Reference:  SOC173823

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate/fellow to work as part of a team on a Leverhulme Trust funded project ‘Integrated ClimAte Resilience UnderStanding (ICARUS) Belize’. The project will develop and apply an approach that integrates climate information drawn from instrumental records, community experience, historical accounts and palaeoenvironmental (including archaeological) data to enable a deeper understanding of resilience to extreme climate events in Belize, with the overall objective of building improved resilience in future. 

The role of this post holder will be to undertake a desk-based review of the palaeoenvironmental and archaeological literature relating to Belize and the adjacent areas of Mexico and Central America using available databases (e.g. WoS) to develop a project bibliography. They will then analyse, interpret and synthesise information from these sources focusing on evidence for 1) climate change (including extreme events such as droughts and hurricanes), 2) changes in natural vegetation, landcover and landuse, and 3) human responses to climate change including changes in diet and nutrition, changes in traditional practices, abandonment or structural changes in settlements and changes in water management practices.   The role holder will be expected to work closely with other members of the project team working on developing understanding of extreme climate events, responses and resilience using a range of methods and disciplinary perspectives.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with palaeoenvironmental records from different sources and have an ability to synthesise this information. They will have experience of working in interdisciplinary teams and communication within and beyond these teams. The ability to access sources written in Spanish would be an advantage.

Candidates will be expected to contribute to the dissemination of research findings in peer-reviewed publications and at international conferences.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree in Geography, Archaeology, Anthropology or a related discipline, or be near to completion. 

The post is offered on a full time (36.25 hours per week), fixed term contract until 31 January 2024. Interviews will be held in June 2023.

The School of Geography is committed to high-quality research and knowledge transfer, and we have a strong culture of interdisciplinary and collaborative research. This project intersects with interests in the Geosciences and Environment and Society Research themes in the School Research Themes - The University of Nottingham and the Environmental Risk Collaborative Research Hub Environmental Risk Collaborative Research Hub - The University of Nottingham.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Sarah Metcalfe, Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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