Research Assistant: Consequences of forgone production from natural climate solutions (fixed term)

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Salary: £27,116-£31,406

Reference: PF31448

Closing date: 12 June 2022

The Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits (4C) – an interdisciplinary group founded in 2021 that is run across the Department of Computer Science, Zoology and Plant Sciences is looking for a motivated researcher with a knowledge of agricultural systems and their trade-offs with conservation of natural habitats.

The successful candidate will join 4C at Zoology Department, which aims to produce a digital infrastructure to direct climate finance to where it is most needed. They will work as part of a team developing a novel method to quantify the agricultural production forgone as a result of natural climate solutions. The role will involve compiling the best available layers on agricultural production, farm-gate prices, and calories. The successful candidate will work with colleagues to use these data to evaluate the most likely crops that would have been produced in the absence of natural climate solutions, as well as total financial and calorific consequences.

Candidates will need to hold a degree in a subject relevant to the project, ideally in agricultural or biological sciences. A good understanding of the principles of research and a passion for sustainability are essential as well as an enthusiasm for working with colleagues from different disciplines.

Candidates will need to have a good understanding of agricultural systems, including reasons for variations in yield and farm economics, and the trade-offs between agriculture and natural habitats. An appreciation of reproducible research methods, including coding in R, tidy data principles, data manipulation and statistics will be helpful. Candidates will need to be able to effectively communicate with scientists and other stakeholders, both within the University of Cambridge and elsewhere, in order to achieve 4C’s goals.

The research assistant will be working in the Department of Zoology’s Conservation Science Group with Professor Andrew Balmford, Dr Thomas Swinfield and Dr Alison Eyres, as well as investigators from the Centre for Carbon Credits. Work 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.

The preferred start date for the project is August 2022 and is negotiable.

Interview dates: interviews will be held between 20th and 24th of June 2022. This may be done remotely following current guidelines.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Dr Alison Eyres (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 12 months.

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.

Flexible working requests would be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from women candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (

Please quote reference PF31448 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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