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Future Leaders Programme with the Centre

University of Cambridge
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (GB)
Cambridge Real Living Wage, at a rate of £10.90ph
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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This summer, Cambridge Zero and the Centre for Landscape Regeneration at the University of Cambridge are offering paid project assistant positions to undergraduates and recent graduates. These roles present an opportunity to get involved at a critical time for climate and environmental issues globally. Project assistants will be given the opportunity to gain experience of working on current research in climate change, biodiversity and environmental science in an impactful way.  You will also gain experience of lab and fieldwork, working alongside researchers from a range of disciplines.

Projects available include:

  • investigating the effect of chemical additives on the production and consumption of greenhouse gases by fenland peat soils
  • using fluorescent dyes to determine the abundance of fungi and bacteria in soils as the drivers of peat degradation
  • surveying habitats for pollinators and earthworms in the Cambridgeshire Fens

These project assistantships are funded in line with the NERC Diversity and Inclusion Living Action Plan to improve diversity and inclusion in environmental sciences, so we would particularly welcome applications from those from under-represented backgrounds.

The Future Leaders Programme runs for 8 weeks, from 17 July to 15 September 2023, and are paid the Cambridge Real Living Wage, at a rate of £10.90ph.

All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK. 


Closing date: 9am on Monday 27 March 2023.





The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most successful Universities, with an outstanding reputation for academic achievement and research. It was ranked first in the 2011 QS World University Rankings and its graduates have won more Nobel Prizes than any other university in the world. The University comprises more than 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institutions, plus a central administration and 31 independent and autonomous colleges.

Chemistry in Cambridge aims to support fundamental science of the highest quality in a first class physical environment. The Department includes a large number of internationally recognised research groups covering an exceptionally broad spectrum of chemical science ranging from molecular biology to geophysics. Our enthusiastic research culture embraces new challenging areas, including strong collaborations with other academic disciplines and institutions, while maintaining a powerful presence in the traditional core areas of chemistry.

The Chemistry Department hosts around 200 postdoctoral research staff, over 250 postgraduate students, and around 60 academic staff, including newly independent researchers.

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