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Research Assistant/Associate (Drosophila Gene Function Analyst)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 19, 2014.

FlyBase (http://flybase.org/) seeks a research assistant/associate to join our group at the University of Cambridge, UK. This is a fly-related post away from the bench, assisting Drosophila research by contributing to the FlyBase database of genetic and genomic data. If you have been frustrated by the lack of simple summaries of fly gene function in the FlyBase gene reports, here is your opportunity to fix that, by soliciting, editing and writing such summaries.

The primary aim of FlyBase-Cambridge is to identify biological data from scientific articles concerning Drosophila and to record these data in a systematic manner. Curated data are subsequently integrated into the FlyBase database and website to aid the international research community. The successful applicant will contribute to this effort by editing and writing short gene function summaries, and also making sure these functions are represented with the standardized terms of Gene Ontology annotation (geneontology.org). Liaison with other members of the Gene Ontology consortium will ensure accurate and up to date annotations.

Depending on their previous experience, the successful applicant may also highlight sets of genes involved in a pathway or function, or liaise with the Drosophila research community and FlyBase's software developers to improve the display and searching of Gene Function and Gene Ontology annotations in FlyBase.

Essential skills/experience include:

  • a biological sciences degree
  • research experience using Drosophila
  • excellent written English
  • strong self-motivation and ability to work as part of a team

Useful skills/experience include:

  • familiarity with databases
  • programming
  • knowledge of biomedical ontologies
  • annotation/curation experience

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

Interviews are anticipated to occur the week of 16 February 2015.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role and a CV.

Please quote reference PR05021 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University 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. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working, funds for returning carers and other family-friendly schemes.

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 19, 2014.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals to work on: Epidemiological models to inform strategies for detection, management and inoculum reduction of wheat stem rust. The project is led by Professor Chris Gilligan at the University of Cambridge. You will be based in central Cambridge. Applicants will have a PhD in mathematical biology, applied mathematics, or economic modelling. Experience in scientific programming and a scripting language is essential. Familiarity with mathematical modelling of biological and/or meteorological systems is desirable. In addition to developing mathematical, statistical and computational models of the pathosystem, the successful applicant will work with collaborators in Africa, India and elsewhere to deliver practical solutions to reducing disease threats to food security.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Applicants should provide a CV, the filename of which should be "CV-followed by your name", including contact details of two or more referees, and a covering letter addressing the selection criteria.

For further information contact Sally Hames (sah57@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PD05026 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 18, 2014.

Post-doctoral synthetic (peptide) Chemist

A post-doctoral Research Associate/Senior Research Associate position is available to work on the design and synthesis of biologically-active peptides, to support and extend the use of the Collagen Toolkits peptides (http://collagentoolkit.bio.cam.ac.uk), and for uses including the construction of cell-reactive biomaterial scaffolds. The post is based in Department of Biochemistry, Tennis Court Road, Central Cambridge in Professor Richard Farndale's laboratory, and is for 6 months initially, funded by a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Resource Grant. There is the possibility of extension for another 3 years, depending on the success of grant renewals currently in progress. The level of appointment will depend upon skills and experience.

The successful applicant will be qualified in synthetic organic chemistry, and have a strong interest in applied protein chemistry. He or she will be fully trained and have significant experience in solid-phase peptide synthesis. Microwave technology for peptide synthesis will be very useful, although training will be provided if necessary.

Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant biological or chemical science or the equivalent.

Closing date: 20 Jan 2015. Interviews are anticipated during January/early February.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance with the possibility of renewal for up to September 2018.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please direct any enquiries to Personnel - personnel@bioc.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PH04993 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 18, 2014.

A postdoctoral position is available to work in the research group of Professor Daniel St Johnston (see: http://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/research/stjohnston) at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge.

The project will focus on genetic screens for epithelial polarity proteins in the gut. The candidate should have a PhD in Biological Sciences and must be highly motivated with prior graduate and preferably postgraduate experience in the study of epithelial polarity. Expertise in the structural analysis of protein-protein interaction domains and the Drosophila adult midgut would be advantage.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2017 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload a CV, a brief statement of your research interests and cover letter with your application.

Please contact Vanessa Stefanak if you require further information at jobs@gurdon.cam.ac.uk or telephone 01223 334088.

Please quote reference PR05003 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working and funds for returning carers and other family friendly schemes.

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

Research Associate in Synthetic Biology (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 16, 2014.

A position is available for a post-doctoral research associate based at the OpenPlant Laboratory in Cambridge, based in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and directed by Dr Jim Haseloff. OpenPlant is a BBSRC-EPSRC funded Synthetic Biology Research Centre. It is based in the United Kingdom and is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory. The successful candidate will benefit from engagement with laboratories in all partner organisations.

The appointee will develop a research project based on the development of new synthetic biology tools for engineering gene expression in the model plant Marchantia polymorpha. Work with Marchantia allows streamlined approaches to genome modfication, secondary metabolism and morphogenetic engineering. We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral scientist to work in this area. The position is available immediately, either as a full-time position for 2.5 years, or as a 50% position until August 2019.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in plant molecular biology or synthetic biology, including a PhD in a relevant area. Experience with synthetic biology, plant molecular biology and advanced microscopy will be advantageous. The role-holder will possess research experience of targeted misexpression systems in plants and knowledge of new quantitative imaging techniques for bioengineering.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2.5 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applicants should provide a CV, the filename of which should be "CV-followed by your name", including contact details of two or more referees, and a covering letter addressing the selection criteria.

For further information contact Dr Jim Haseloff (jh295@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PD04989 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Trainee Horticultural Technician

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 16, 2014.

Each year vacancies under the Trainee Technician scheme are available for people wishing to pursue a career in horticulture by gaining practical experience. The training is for a period of one year starting at the beginning of September. Based within the 40-acre Botanic Garden, the trainees are able to learn and perform the wide range of horticultural skills that are required to maintain a diverse collection of over 8,000 plants, which is of international importance. The scheme is demanding and is intended for those wishing to gain experience in practical horticulture, collection management and plantsmanship. Trainees are part of the staff of the Botanic Garden and receive a salary.

Trainees who successfully complete the scheme will be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education in Practical Horticulture and Plantsmanship by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, which works closely with the Botanic Garden. This award attracts 120 credits (Credit Accumulation Transfer [CAT] Points) at FHEQ level 4 (first-year undergraduate level). By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the roles of botanic gardens
  2. Discuss and review issues relating to plant diversity and conservation
  3. Demonstrate their ability and skill to cultivate and manage plant collections according to scientific principles

The trainees work with experienced Garden staff and rotate between the horticultural sections in the Garden: Trees and Shrubs; Demonstration and Display; Systematic Beds; Alpine and Woodland; Experimental; Glasshouse; Landscape and Machinery. Trainees work on each section, enabling them to experience how the management of each section changes with the seasons. The trainees form a significant proportion of the Garden's workforce and are central to its horticultural operations. The practical training is augmented by a weekly programme including talks, seminars, demonstrations, plant identifications, and visits to other gardens and sites of botanical significance. Trainees must attend all teaching sessions during the year in order to complete the qualification. There is an emphasis on plant diversity, basic taxonomic training and plant identification utilising the plant collections.

Fixed-term: 12 months.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Interviews are expected to be held during the week beginning 30 March 2015.

For any questions relating to this post, please contact admin@botanic.cam.ac.uk

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Project Coordinator - Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 16, 2014.

The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge is looking for a dynamic Project Coordinator for the Gatsby Plant Science Education programme, to work mainly across two projects - the Gatsby Plant Science Summer School for undergraduates and the Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS) programme for science teachers and technicians.

The successful candidate will be responsible for co-ordinating student recruitment and logistics for an annual, week-long residential event for 80 bioscience undergraduates and up to 40 academic speakers and tutors. They will also be organising events for teachers and teacher trainers, commissioning marketing material, updating websites and providing financial and administrative support across the team.

The role holder will join a friendly team of 4 and will need to be comfortable and confident working with scientists, teachers and students from across the UK. They will be expected to be able to work away from home for key events such as the summer school (July) and the Association for Science Education meeting (January), and some evening working may be required in relation to other events.

The position will suit someone outgoing, IT-adept and well-organised who enjoys a challenge and takes pride in maintaining high standards. It is expected the role holder will be educated to first degree level or have equivalent experience, alongside the ability to co-ordinate large events including the planning, budgeting and evaluation of projects. An interest in science, particularly plants, and a familiarity with the UK education system, would be advantageous.

Information about the Sainsbury Laboratory and further particulars for the role can be found at: http://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/

Information about the SAPS programme can be found at: http://www.saps.org.uk/

The post is full time and available immediately.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2017 in the first instance.

The Sainsbury Laboratory receives a high volume of applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful on this occasion.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please also send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to: enquiries@slcu.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PT04992 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Computational) (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 16, 2014.

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Sebastian Schornack (http://www.schornacklab.net) at the Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU), Cambridge University, to use computational approaches in comparative studies of organ specific oomycete colonisation processes in barley, wheat, Medicago and Nicotiana plants.

The overall aim of this project is to elucidate general and organ specific processes (in leaves and roots) using differential transcriptomics and microscopical image analyses. The successful candidate will be broadly responsible for bioinformatics based analysis of obtained sequence and microscopy image information and will identify sets of specifically regulated pathogen and host genes. The successful post holder will be able to develop further research objectives and proposals such as evolutionary aspects of colonisation processes in the frame of our general research.

Candidates must have or be close to obtaining a PhD in a relevant discipline, e.g. computer science, statistics, theoretical physics or bioinformatics. Salary will be commensurate with knowledge and experience. The current salary scale is £28,695 to £37,394 p.a. (Research Associate) or £24,775 to £27,864 p.a. (Research Assistant), depending on experience and qualifications. Exceptional Master's degree applicants may be considered for this position but will be appointed on the Research Assistant scale.

The successful applicant should have expertise in computational approaches for analysis of genome-wide information derived from next generation sequencing. Previous knowledge of plant science is not a prerequisite and candidates from animal or microbial sciences are encouraged to apply. However, a keen interest in transcriptome and genome based studies of plant-microbe-interactions is essential. The successful candidate will be fully involved in the basic research in these areas whilst also writing up their research work for presentation and publication. The post holder may be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to their research area.

Good communication skills are essential as the post holder will need to work well in a team and collaborate with other researchers in the Institute. Candidates would ideally have published or submitted papers in this area. Candidates should demonstrate a history of science communication (e.g. presentations, outreach activities, teaching).

Information about the Sainsbury Laboratory and the generic further particulars for the role can be found at: http://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/

The Sainsbury Laboratory receives a high volume of applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful on this occasion.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Please ensure that you upload a copy of your full CV, a supporting statement and contact information of three referees.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference PT04991 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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NERC Studentship in Forest Ecology & Conservation x 3 (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 15, 2014.

The University of Cambridge is offering up to fifteen 3.5 year NERC-funded PhD studentships starting in October 2015. 3 of these positions will be based in the Department of Plant Sciences, supervised by Dr David Coomes.

http://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/grads/studentships/david-coomes

1) Airborne Remote Sensing Of The Effects Of Anthropogenic Disturbance On Biogeochemical Processes. 2) Airborne laser scanning to assess the impacts of forest disturbance on carbon fluxes in New Zealand 3)Tropical rainforest responses to anthropogenic global change: the rise of the liana seen through the lens of image spectroscopy.

UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full NERC studentship. This will cover a stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£13,863 per annum for 2014-2015), research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Overseas students may be able to join the programme but will need to have arranged funding from other sources.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3.5 years in the first instance.

For further information contact Dr David Coomes (dac18@cam.ac.uk)

Please visit this site for details on how to apply http://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/grads/applying

Please quote reference PD04980 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University 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.

Chief Research Animal Technician/ Unit Supervisor

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 12, 2014.

Applications are invited for the above post working in a busy small-animal unit. Duties will include animal welfare and husbandry and the supervision and training of animal staff in appropriate husbandry and record keeping. Close liaison with research staff will be required to ensure the efficient maintenance of stocks and to support the research activities.

The successful candidate will have IAT Membership, supervisory experience and a working knowledge of such a unit and an in-depth understanding of the legislation involved with the care of animals in a research environment.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2016 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please contact the Deputy Administrator if you require further information at jobs@gurdon.cam.ac.uk or telephone 01223 334088.

Please quote reference PR04970 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working and funds for returning carers and other family friendly schemes.

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

Deputy Animal Facilities Manager

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 12, 2014.

Applications are invited for the post of Deputy Biofacility Manager at the Gurdon Institute.

The Deputy Manager supports the NACWO/Biofacility Manager by being responsible for the organisation of all day-to-day activities beyond the bio-barrier. This post is responsible for management decisions on a daily basis that will ensure: the best and appropriate care is given to the animals with the staff available; that sufficient resources, eg skilled/trained technicians, clean cages and associated equipment are available and that the unit operates as efficiently as possible to provide the best support to the research objectives.

The successful candidate will have IAT Membership (minimum); NACWO qualification; hold a personal Home Office Licence, experience of regulated procedures and the legislation governing animal welfare; considerable supervisory experience and a substantial knowledge of such a unit. Good interpersonal skills and a cool head under pressure are an advantage.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2016 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please contact the Deputy Administrator if you require further information at jobs@gurdon.cam.ac.uk or telephone 01223 334088.

Please quote reference PR04979 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working and funds for returning carers and other family friendly schemes.

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

Tissue Culture Technician (Internal Only)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 12, 2014.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30th June 2017 in the first instance.

The Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute draws together outstanding researchers from 25 stem cell laboratories in Cambridge to form a world-leading centre for stem cell biology and medicine. Scientists in the Institute collaborate to generate new knowledge and understanding of the biology of stem cells and provide the foundation for new medical treatments.

Based in central Cambridge, we are seeking a person to join the core Tissue Culture Facility at the CSCR. The facility provides the SCI research groups with quality controlled reagents, cell lines and testing services. You will be expected to produce sterile aliquots, perform quality assurance, cell based assays, run mycoplasma PCRs and carry out routine tissue culture laboratory duties.

Previous experience of working aseptically and culturing mouse embryonic stem cells are essential. The role holder will have experience of working in a tissue culture laboratory, preferably as part of a service, and be able to work independently and efficiently. You will be responsible for accurate/detailed record keeping. Effective written and verbal communication are essential to facilitate interaction with the Tissue Culture users.

Reporting to the Tissue Culture Facility Manager you will be committed to providing excellent service and have a "can do" attitude. This role will require a high level of organisation, the ability to prioritise work and excellent IT skills, including competence in using Microsoft Office. At times you may be required to work alone, or as part of a team. The role holder will be required to do occasional weekend work.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for all applications is the Sunday 21st December 2014.

Informal enquiries are also welcome via e-mail to cscrjobs@cscr.cam.ac.uk.

Interviews will be held on the Monday 5th January 2015. If you have not been invited for interview by 2nd January 2015 , you have not been successful on this occasion.

Please quote reference PS04946 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 11, 2014.

Applications are invited for a full time post-doctoral position in the Division of Molecular Histopathology (from 1st March 2015), based in central Cambridge, to continue a successful and productive programme designed to identify novel strategies for treating human squamous cell carcinomas (SCC).

The aim of the project is to examine the significance of over-expression of the oncostatin M receptor (OSMR) in SCC from the cervix and the head and neck. The successful applicant will use a range of complementary pre-clinical models to study the effects of OSMR stimulation and/or blockade in vivo, together with in vitro systems to understand the effects of over-expressed OSMR on the tumour microenvironment.

Candidates will be expected to have a PhD in a relevant field. Previous experience with in vivo pre-clinical models and in cancer biology (particularly SCCs) would be advantageous. Ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills are required. The responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, delivering seminars and occasional lectures.

Informal enquiries should be made to Prof. Nick Coleman (email: nc109@cam.ac.uk)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Any queries regarding this position should be directed to jobs@path.cam.ac.uk or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK04202 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant (Short Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 11, 2014.

A short term research assistant is required to work with Dr Lynn Dicks in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. Funds are available for 6 weeks full time equivalent, and the work needs to be conducted in January, February and early March 2015.

You will work on a collaborative project that aims to understand attitudes to pollinator conservation among UK commercial fruit growers. The project is in partnership with the National Association of Cider Makers, Worldwide Fruit and Lucozade Suntory Ltd. The job is to conduct face to face interviews with growers. The growers are located mostly in Herefordshire, Kent, Somerset and Norfolk, so you will need to have access to a form of personal transport. Travel and subsistence expenses will be covered, including overnight accommodation when required.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to six weeks.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference PF04963 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 11, 2014.

University of Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine West Cambridge Site and Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst Site Campus

Limit of Tenure 31 July 2016

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 22 months in the first instance.

Targeting Toll-Like Receptor 4 for the treatment of allergic respiratory disease, we require a postdoctoral researcher working with Professors Clare Bryant and Nick Gay at the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst site.

You will be required to primarily manage the characterisation of small molecular inhibitors in the cellular models and will work in parallel with a structural biology postdoctoral researcher who is performing the in silico analysis and will perform purified protein studies on molecules that are positive in the cellular screens. Candidates are expected to have a PhD in biological sciences and have skills in cellular assays, including cell culture techniques, luciferase reporter assays, ELISA assays, cell viability assays and basic molecular cloning skills. You should have good communication skills and be able to write reports and present them to the lab group as well as collaborators.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Clare Bryant ceb27@cam.ac.uk

The position will be based at the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst site campus which is a unique bioscience community created to provide academics, small biotech and life sciences companies and start-ups with access to the expertise, networks and scientific facilities traditionally associated with multinational pharmaceutical companies.

The closing date for applications is 4th January 2015

Interviews will be held on 15th January 2015

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Further information about the role is available at the link below. To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form. Please supply a completed application form, C.V. and a letter stating your interest in the position If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please include details of referees who you are willing for us to contact before an interview if invited.

Please quote reference PP04960 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Friends Administrator

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 11, 2014.

To provide full time administrative support in the running of the Friends of the Botanic Garden. Support will also be required for the Marketing and Publicity Officer in the promotion and development of the Friends scheme, including the Corporate Friends.

The successful candidate should be educated to A level standard or equivalent, have excellent IT skills (particularly MS Office, e-mail and the web) and highly developed administrative, organisational, team-working and oral and written communication skills. They must have suitable experience working in a similar heritage venue and working regularly with the public as well as a sound understanding of commercial principles.

Further Particulars via the link (left)

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Interviews: week commencing 23 February 2015

For any questions regarding this position, please contact admin@botanic.cam.ac.uk

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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Chief Building Services Technician

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 10, 2014.

An opportunity has arisen for a versatile Senior Chief Building Services Technician to lead a small in-house team at the Gurdon Institute. The role holder will be responsible for the supervision and training of staff, planning of routine maintenance and be proactive in fault-finding for breakdown maintenance and coordination of repairs.

The successful applicant must have a flexible and practical approach to his/her workload to balance the needs of the team, the research and the ageing, complex plant. They should be trained in an appropriate mechanical or electrical trade with experience of working in building/maintenance services or similar discipline and have knowledge and experience of engineering work procedures, associated regulations and legislation to comply with relevant Health & Safety laws. He/she should also have good verbal and written communication skills.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2016 in the first instance.

Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working, funds for returning carers and other family friendly schemes.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please contact the Deputy Administrator if you require further information at jobs@gurdon.cam.ac.uk or telephone 01223 334088.

Please quote reference PR04953 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University 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.

Research Associate

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 10, 2014.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Eric Miska. We are looking for an outstanding scientist to help us solve open questions in the non-coding RNA field: RNA-mediated transcriptional gene silencing, immunity, mobile RNAs, genome stability and transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. We are particularly interested in applicants with prior experience in C. elegans biology and virology. Additionally, expertise in the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data and a solid background in statistical tools would be a good starting point. For more information about the group, please visit: http://www.ericmiskalab.org.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2015 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and a brief (2-4 page) outline of your research interests in the upload section of the online application.

Please quote reference PR04954 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working, funds for returning carers and other family-friendly schemes.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 10, 2014.

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate with an interest in the specification and function of glial cells to join a dynamic research group working on developmental mechanisms in the zebrafish retina. The group is led by Professor Bill Harris - further details can be found at www.pdn.cam.ac.uk/staff/harris/index.html.

Candidates should have a PhD in neuroscience, developmental biology or a related area of biology. You should have a strong background in developmental neurobiology with expertise in genetics, molecular genetics, -omics, retinal development, and any relevant experience with Muller glial cell biology would be very beneficial. Please see the attached further particulars for the essential selection criteria and skills required for the post.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference PM04940 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 09, 2014.

Applications are invited for a full time postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr Maja Wallberg, based in central Cambridge.

The project is part of a collaborative project on gene therapy for diabetes. The advertised post will be concerned mainly with immunological consequences of the gene delivery in diabetic animals, with an aim to produce protocols for restoring euglycemia in naturally diabetic individuals. Preliminary data suggest that insulin production can be restored in diabetic immune compromised hosts through gene therapy, and this project will investigate how the presence of a functional immune system affects restoration of insulin production, and how targeting the immune system can increase the benefits of gene therapy. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Pathology and the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge, University College London and the University of Singapore.

The successful candidate will have a PhD and extensive experience of immunological methods and molecular biology. Possession of a Home Office personal licence is essential. Ability to work both as part of a team, and independently is required, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills. The responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, and writing up work for presentation and publication. Experience of handling gene constructs and viral vectors would be an advantage, as would a track record of publishing in high quality journals.

Specific enquiries, and requests for more details of the project, can be made to Maja Wallberg at mw394@cam.ac.uk

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for two years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Any queries regarding this position should be directed to jobs@path.cam.ac.uk or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK04916 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate - Auditory Pattern Recognition (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 09, 2014.

A postdoctoral position funded by the BBSRC is available in the research group of Dr. Berthold Hedwig from 1 March 2015 for up to ten months.

The post-holder will work on the neurons of the auditory pattern recognition network in the brain of crickets, a model system for the analysis of auditory processing in invertebrates.

The post-holder will use intracellular recordings and staining of local auditory brain neurons in combination with calcium imaging. The aim of the experiments is to analyse the auditory inputs to the local brain neurons, their electrical and Ca2+ activity patterns and to characterise their dendritic and axonal structure with confocal microscopy. The data will contribute to a better understanding of a fundamental auditory pattern recognition network

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 10 months.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference PF04930 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 08, 2014.

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Jerzy Paszkowski at the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, to use computational approaches in studies of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance in plants and epigenetic control of retrotransposition.

The overall aim of this project is to understand how plant retrotransposons are regulated. The successful candidate will work on the analyses of environmental and epigenetic control mechanisms regulating life cycles of LTR retrotransposons. The successful post holder will develop research objectives and proposals for this research project.

Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant numerical discipline (e.g. computer science, statistics, theoretical physics or bioinformatics). They should have expertise in computational approaches for analysis of genome-wide information derived from next generation sequencing. A keen interest in epigenetic regulation of transcription, transposon biology, genomics and epigenomics is desirable. The successful candidate will be fully involved in the basic research in these areas whilst also writing up their research work for presentation and publication. The post holder may be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to their research area.

Good communication skills are essential as the post holder will need to work well in a team and collaborate with other researchers in the Institute. Candidates would ideally have published or submitted papers in this area. Candidates should demonstrate a history of science communication (e.g. presentations, outreach activities, teaching).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Information about the Sainsbury Laboratory and the generic further particulars for the role can be found at: http://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a copy of your full CV, a supporting statement and contact information of three referees.

Please quote reference PT04921 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Sainsbury Laboratory receives a high volume of applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful on this occasion.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 05, 2014.

Proteomics: KAUST funded post doctoral research position

Subcellular proteomics in apicomplexan parasites, and the role of a novel family of mitochondrial RNA-binding proteins

Skill sets: Mass spectrometry, quantitation, proteomics.

A position is available for a post-doctoral research worker to apply state-of-the-art technologies to determine subcellular proteomes in apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. High-resolution spatial and temporal proteome maps will be developed by extended versions of Localisation of the Organelle Proteomics using Isotope Tagging (LOPIT). A novel family of mitochondrial RNA-binding proteins has recently been identified and implicated in the specialization of apicomplexans as parasites. The location, behavior and molecular interactions of these proteins will be a particular focus of this work in order to better understand their significance in this devastating group of parasites.

The project is a collaboration with: Professor Kathryn Lilley at the Cambridge Centre for Proteomics (), Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge; Dr Ross Waller at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge; and Associate Professor Arnab Pain at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia. The position will be based in Cambridge.

Candidate should have a PhD in mass spectrometry and quantitative proteomics and also have a good knowledge of cell biology and 'omics informatics pipelines.

CCP is a state of the art proteomics laboratory with Orbitrap, QTof equipped with IMS, Triple ToF and triple quadrupole mass spectrometers. It has a history of developing quantitative proteomics methodologies and also creating proteomics software and developing novel statistical approaches to the analysis of quantitative data.

The position is available from 1st March 2015 and is funded through an alliance between the University of Cambridge and at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

For all enquiries please contact Stephanie Morley - personnel@bioc.cam.ac.uk or call on 01223 333617

Please quote reference PH04902 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 05, 2014.

Proteomics: KAUST funded post doctoral research position

Molecular characterization of the role of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) in Arabidopsis thaliana drought responses

Skill sets: Mass spectrometry, quantitation, phosphoproteomics, RNA biology

A position is available for a post-doctoral research worker to apply state-of-the-art technologies to identify and characterize RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) as well as the bound RNA species that have a role in plant stress responses and responses to water-stress (drought) in particular. We are interested in obtaining insights into plant RBP profiles and the mechanism of action of RBPs. The emphasis will be on whether or not RBPs are themselves subject to functionalization through post-translational modifications such as stimulus specific phosphorylation or methionine oxidation. We hypothesize that RBPs have a key role in abiotic stress responses and may therefore make promising novel targets for transgenic interventions to increase drought tolerance.

The project is a collaboration with Professor Kathryn Lilley's group at the Cambridge Centre for Proteomics, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge and Professor Christopher Gehring at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, but will be based in Cambridge.

Candidate should have a PhD in mass spectrometry and quantitative proteomics and also have a good knowledge of RNA and cell biology and 'omics informatics pipelines.

CCP is a state of the art proteomics laboratory with Orbitrap, QTof equipped with IMS, Triple ToF and triple quadrupole mass spectrometers. It has a history of developing quantitative proteomics methodologies and also creating proteomics software and developing novel statistical approaches to the analysis of quantitative data.

The position is available from 1st March 2015, and is funded through an alliance between the University of Cambridge and at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

For all enquiries please contact Stephanie Morley - personnel@bioc.cam.ac.uk or call on 01223 333617

Please quote reference PH04901 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Three MRC funded studentships (3 years) (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 05, 2014.

We are pleased to announce we are advertising three PhD Studentships for 3 years to conduct research in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience available from October 2015. The Studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis and applicants will be expected to demonstrate a strong academic background and an aptitude for research.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Step 1: Contact supervisor(s) regarding potential projects.

Make contact with potential supervisor(s) by email to find out more information about possible projects which would fall within the remit of the Medical Research Council. See the following weblink for research topics covered by the Department: http://www.pdn.cam.ac.uk/research/
Include your CV, detailing your academic record and contact details for 2 academic referees. Initial enquiries should be made as early as possible.

Step 2: University Application

If the supervisor wishes to take the application forwards, he/she will ask you to apply formally to the University using the online application form (GRADSAF) http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/apply/index.html

Use the appropriate course code: Course code: BLPN22

Programme of study or research area: PhD (Probationary) in Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Department: Dept of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience

Final Award: PhD

List the name of your prospective supervisor in section A(12)

The deadline for online applications is Friday 9 January 2015, with ALL supporting documentation to be submitted by Friday 23 January 2015. Interview dates to be confirmed.

Project-related questions may be addressed directly to the supervisor. Requests for general information or enquiries about procedures should be directed to Ms Aileen Briggs, Graduate Administrator (gradinfo@pdn.cam.ac.uk). Each Application made using a GRADSAF will cost you £50 (if you cannot apply online, you may apply on paper, but the fee is £100).

FUNDING

For information on eligibility see:
http://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/studentships/studentship-guidance/student-eligibility-requirements/

Please quote reference PM04906 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 04, 2014.

Applications are invited for a full time postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr Gillian Fraser, based at the Department of Pathology, central Cambridge, to investigate bacterial flagellum assembly.

Our Molecular, Structural and Cellular Microbiology unit applies biochemical, molecular and structural biology approaches to understand cell-surface assembly of macromolecular nanomachines that enable cell motility, virulence protein export and multidrug efflux in pathogenic bacteria. For details, see: Nature (2013) 504:287-290; PNAS (2006) 103:17474-9, ibid (2011) 108: 2112-7, ibid (2009) 106: 7173-8, ibid (2007)104:4612-7; http://www.path.cam.ac.uk/research/microbiology.html.

Candidates will be expected to have a PhD in a relevant field and a strong background in protein biochemistry and/or protein biophysics and structural biology. Experience in molecular biology or microbiology is also desirable.

Ability to work both as part of a team and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills are required. The duties/responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering seminars and occasional lectures.

Specific enquiries and requests for more details of the project are encouraged and should be made to Gillian Fraser at gmf25@cam.ac.uk

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available from 4 April 2015 until 3 April 2018 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Any queries regarding this position should be directed to jobs@path.cam.ac.uk or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK04883 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate in Molecular Biology/Developmental Biology (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 04, 2014.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join a research project investigating how transcription factors identify specific targets in the genome. The project is a collaboration between Rob White's lab in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience and Steve Russell's lab in the Department of Genetics. The work will focus on genomic approaches to understand target selection by Hox transcription factors in Drosophila and the research will involve chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP-Seq), gene expression analysis, chromatin accessibility analysis, in vivo footprinting and bioinformatics.

Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant subject and research experience in molecular biology/developmental biology and/or genomics. Please see the attached further particulars for the essential selection criteria and skills required for the post.

For further information about the position contact Rob White (rw108@cam.ac.uk).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 28 February 2018 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference PM04886 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Laboratory Research Technician (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 03, 2014.

Applications are invited for an exciting opportunity to become involved in an interdisciplinary research project focused on the development of open foundational technologies for plant synthetic biology and their application for engineering new traits in crop systems. Based at the OpenPlant Laboratory in Cambridge, in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and directed by Dr Jim Haseloff, OpenPlant is a BBSRC-EPSRC funded Synthetic Biology Research Centre. It is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich.

The post holder will support the work of the project through performing experimental research work under the instruction of Dr Haseloff, a Lab Manager and research associates. You will provide technical support for plant transformation and culture work, microbiological and molecular biology experiments. You will work on the development of foundational technologies for engineering of the model plant Marchantia polymorpha. The post holder will also advise and assist on all safety matters in the Laboratory.

Applicants should be educated to HNC level in a biological subject; have experience in molecular biology and/or synthetic biology; have experience in synthetic biology techniques, DNA assembly, cytometry, microscopy and Lab management; possess the ability to work well as a team; and have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 2 September 2019 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

For further information contact Dr Jim Haseloff (jh295@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PD04872 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Horticultural Facility Assistant (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 03, 2014.

Play your part in helping science further understand how plants develop and grow!

Applications are invited for the position of Horticultural Facility Assistant at The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge, a research institute which focuses on Plant Developmental Biology.

As part of the Support Services team, the role-holder will report directly to the Horticultural Facility Manager and work alongside two other team members to keep the £4 million plant growth facility properly supported and functioning correctly. The Horticultural Facility comprises 6 glasshouse areas and 45 growth chambers. The day to day activities of the role-holder are essential to the correct functioning of the research activities of the Laboratory. The importance of maintaining good horticultural practice within the facility is paramount to the Institute's success.

Successful candidates must have at least 4 GCSE's, a National Certificate in Horticulture (or equivalent), professional horticultural experience and PA1 and PA6 pesticide handling certificates.

Good observation skills and problem solving abilities are essential. Previous experience of growing plants under experimental conditions and an understanding of research needs and requirements would be an advantage. A flexible approach to work is required as this will be essential when carrying out a range of duties, including providing support and assistance to other members of the Horticultural Team. General manual handling duties will be required. A license for forklift operation would be desirable.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday, 20th and Wednesday 21st January 2015.

The Further Information document for this post can be found at http://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/ along with information about the Sainsbury Laboratory.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2016 in the first instance.

Please quote reference PT04879 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The Sainsbury Laboratory receives a high volume of applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful on this occasion.

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University Lecturer

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 02, 2014.

Applications are invited for two University Lectureships in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge with effect from 1 October 2015 at the latest. The Department offers excellent facilities for teaching and research, and has particular interests in cell signalling, cancer, macromolecular structure, neuropharmacology and vascular pharmacology. We are seeking to recruit within the broad field of cellular and molecular pharmacology, as applied to drug discovery. Areas of specific interest include receptor mechanisms and antibiotic resistance, but we are also interested in receiving applications from other areas.

The role holders will be based in Central Cambridge. The key duties and responsibilities will include but not be limited to: mentoring and giving lectures and seminars to undergraduate / graduate students (including marking their work), taking an active part in examinations, carrying out active research and writing papers on topics relevant to the specialist subject area (this will include journals, books and other material), actively investigating funding opportunities within the area of research and submitting research grant applications. A full description of the teaching and research activities in the Department can be found at www.phar.cam.ac.uk.

The successful applicants should have a PhD in a relevant specialist subject area and be developing a bibliography of research publications. They will keep up-to-date with the latest thinking in their specialist subject area by reading other academic material, attending conferences and active discussions with other academics in the field. The successful candidates will also have a strong track record in teaching at a higher education institution.

Appointments will be made at University Lecturer level with a probationary period of five years, with appointment to the retiring age thereafter. The starting salary, depending on experience, will be in the range of £38,511 - £48,743 per annum. Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidates will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (a criminal records check), a security check and a health assessment. Whether the outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University.

Prospective candidates are invited to contact the Head of Department, Professor Mike Edwardson, for informal enquires (Tel: +44 (0) 1223 334014, e-mail: jme1000@cam.ac.uk).

The Department holds an Athena SWAN bronze award, demonstrating a commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in science subjects. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender but, as women are currently under-represented at this level in our department, we strongly encourage applications from female candidates. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that in the Upload section of the online application you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), research publications list and a covering letter (no more than 2 pages outlining your professional, teaching and research experience and describing your future research plans). If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. For enquiries about the online application process please contact Ms Anna Osipova at recruitment@phar.cam.ac.uk.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 26 January 2015.

Please quote reference PL04811 on your application and in any correspondence about these vacancies.

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Public Engagement Officer

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 02, 2014.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2017 in the first instance.

The Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading centre of excellence in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, supported by a strategic funding partnership between the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council (www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk).

Increasing engagement with wider external groups regarding the promise and challenges of stem cell research is embedded in the Stem Cell Institute vision; "deep understanding of stem cell biology for the prevention and treatment of human disease". The Institute's 5 strategic goals include "Communication and public engagement; providing reliable information, useful resources, and dialogue opportunities for a range of audiences including schools, policy makers, patient groups, professional bodies and the media".

This newly created position of Public Engagement Officer (PEO) is designed as a central role within SCI, with the aim of fostering a community of scientists who recognise the importance of dialogue with the public and who have the skills and opportunities to undertake public engagement activities. The PEO will lead on developing and delivering bespoke activities and events to increase engagement with schools, patient groups, policy makers and other community groups. The PEO will liaise with other Public Engagement officers in the University, Wellcome Trust Centres and Medical Research Council Institutes/Units and will participate in international networks via EuroStemCell, ISSCR and other trans-national initiatives.

We are seeking a dynamic, innovative and self-motivated public engagement professional who will bring expertise and leadership to the Institute's public engagement programme. You will have a minimum of 2 years' experience working in a dedicated role relating to public engagement. Educated to degree level (or equivalent) you will be responsible for building on the existing enthusiastic core group of volunteers, growing a broader community of researchers who are committed to dialogue with the public and who have the skills and confidence to deliver stimulating interactive events.

The Stem Cell Institute is currently spread across several sites in Cambridge; you will organise training, logistics and activities with the aim that all groups in SCI will contribute to at least one event each year. The PEO will expand the existing Public Engagement strategy and design and implement innovative public engagement activities that will interconnect the SCI with target audiences. You will develop measures for evaluating the effectiveness and impact of these public engagement activities, including submitting reports to the Institute steering committee and sponsors, and preparing funding applications for specific events.

You must demonstrate a proven track record in relationship building, event organisation, report writing, and data management. You will have outstanding organisational and administrative experience and be comfortable working to tight deadlines with minimal supervision. You should have demonstrable experience in web-based/social media communication and you should have excellent written and verbal communication and negotiation skills. You will be IT literate and able to work both on your own and as part of a team.

The post will report to the Institute Director.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application to supplement your application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for all applications is the Sunday 4th January 2015.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Informal enquiries are also welcome via e-mail to Jenny Nelder: jrw46@cam.ac.uk.

Interviews will be held on the Wednesday of 14th January 2015. If you have not been invited for interview by the 9th January 2015, you have not been successful on this occasion.

Please quote reference PS03788 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Computer Officer (Temporary Cover)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 01, 2014.

Temporary cover: This post is fixed-term for 12 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

Applications are invited for the position of temporary Computer Officer for the Stem Cell Institute and Department of Genetics.

This post will provide cover for the Computer Officers at these two departments while they are involved in a School of Biological Science's project which requires 50% of their time. During the project the post-holder will take on part of their workload, dividing their time equally between the two centres.

Both centres provide outstanding scientists with the opportunity and resources to undertake ground-breaking research. The SCI focuses on the fundamental properties of mammalian stem cells, while the department of Genetics has particular strengths in bioinformatics and imaging.

The successful applicant will join a small team providing a comprehensive support service to 400+ research and administrative staff.

Each centre has its own network: SCI has a Windows 2008 server, Netapp Storage and Linux web servers, with OS X and Windows 7 clients; Genetics has Windows and Mac clients and the majority of the infrastructure is Linux or BSD based.

The post-holder will provide primary frontline desktop support in a mixed environment so familiarity with Windows 7, XP and some OS X is essential. Both centres use a ticketing system to manage support requests, which include requests for server administration. Server administration experience with a Windows 2008 server and Linux is essential.

Support requests are submitted via phone, helpdesk software and directly (in person) by the user, therefore the successful applicant must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills and be confident in dealing with people at all levels within the departments, including students.

The post-holder will also assist and deputise for the existing Computer Officer(s), managing the data network, audio visual facilities, a variety of computer platforms and ensuring the availability of both centres' server rooms and resources.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate initiative, as well as strong administration skills. Additional server administration training will be provided through a combination of Computing Service courses and in-post via the Computer Officers.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for all applications is the Thursday 15th January 2015.

Informal enquiries about the post are also welcome via email: cscrjobs@cscr.cam.ac.uk.

Interviews will be held on the 27th January 2015. If you have not been invited for interview by the 23rd January 2015, you have not been successful on this occasion.

Please quote reference PS04784 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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PhD Studentship x 8

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 26, 2014.

The Department of Pathology is offering eight PhD Studentships commencing October 2015 and invites applications from UK and EU** nationals. Graduate students play a pivotal role in the continuing success of research in Cambridge and gaining a studentship in Cambridge is an excellent opportunity to start a research career in an environment committed to training outstanding research scientists of the future.

The 8 projects available are as follows:

1 Regulation of cytokinesis by mitotic kinases (supervised by Dr Paolo D'Avino)

2 DNA replication and breast cancer (supervised by Professor Christine Watson)

3 HLA-DRB1 and Leishmania parasites (supervised by Dr Michaela Fakiola)

4 Building a flagellum outside the bacterial cell (supervised by Dr Gillian Fraser)

5 Anti-fecundity immunity in Schistosoma haematobium infection (supervised by Dr Shona Wilson)

6 Interactions between steroids and papillomavirus during carcinogenesis (supervised by Professor Nicholas Coleman)

7 Epigenetic phenomena and their role in lymphomagenesis (supervised by Dr Suzanne Turner)

8 Delineating the mechanism of IFIT dependent anti-viral activity (supervised by Dr Trevor Sweeney)

Unless stated otherwise, studentships will be funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) or by the Department for 4 years.

** Research Council UK studentships are available to UK nationals and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements. Further information about eligibility for Research Council UK funding can be found at the following website: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/studentships/studentship-guidance/student-eligibility-requirements/ . Applications from ineligible candidates will not be considered.

The deadline for applications is Monday 5 January 2015 by 12 noon. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be informed mid January.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years.

Full details of the projects and how to apply are available from the following link: http://www.path.cam.ac.uk/graduate/prospective-graduate-students/studentships-2015.html

Any queries regarding this position should be directed to jobs@path.cam.ac.uk or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK04829 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 25, 2014.

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Professor Helariutta at The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, to work on an ERC funded project investigating the role of symplastic communication during root development.

The overall aim of this project is to assess the role of symplastic communication, i.e. plasmodesmata-mediated molecular trafficking in regulating root development. It is based on a molecular tool, icals3m, with which we can inhibit molecular trafficking through the plasmodesmata in a time and space specific manner (Vaten et al. 2011). We have established a library of lines driving this effector under cell-specific promoters. With this material we can identify the genes responding to symplastic control, address the underlying mobile signals and determine the hierarchical role of various plant tissues in symplastic communication. The project consists of high-throughput gene expression analyses in a high spatial resolution, followed by functional analyses at a molecular genetic level. Sophisticated imaging and bioinformatics will be deployed.

The post holder will drive forward this research, producing research papers in the process.

Candidates must be close to completing or have a PhD in Genetics, Plant Biology or related subject and should have extensive research experience in experimental cellular or developmental biology, preferably in Arabidopsis. They must have prior experience in mutant analysis, gene mapping or functional analysis, including that of genetic regulation. Experience in confocal microscopy, molecular cloning and histology are desirable.

The post holder will need to work well in a team and collaborate with other researchers in the Institute. Candidates would ideally have published or submitted papers in this area.

Information about the Sainsbury Laboratory and the generic further particulars for the role can be found at: http://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form. Please ensure that you upload a copy of your full CV, a supporting statement and contact information of three referees.

Fixed term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Please quote reference PT04825 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Sainsbury Laboratory receives a high volume of applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful on this occasion.

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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 24, 2014.

University of Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine West Cambridge Site

Stipend:

Senior Research Associate £38,511.00 to £48,743.00

Research Associate £28,695.00 to £37,394.00

Limit of Tenure 3 Years

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

The Department of Veterinary Medicine is recruiting a Senior Research Associate / Research Associate to work on an exciting and multidisciplinary project that will study the impact of antimicrobials on the within-host dynamics of bacterial infections. The work will analyse the effects of a number of antibiotics on the dynamics of growth, spread, persistence and relapse of bacterial infections, in order to optimise and rationalise treatment. The research will generate an innovative biological and mathematical platform capable of rigorously linking antimicrobial treatment to in vivo pathogen behaviour.

Candidates should hold a PhD in microbiology or a closely related discipline and should have substantial experience of molecular microbiology. Experience in next generation sequencing and data analysis, immunological assays, molecular purification, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and use of animal models of infection will be advantageous.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr. Pietro Mastroeni (pm274@cam.ac.uk)

Closing date: 4th January 2015 Interviews will be held: 26th January 2015

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applicants should submit a CHRIS/6, CV, covering letter outlining suitability for the role and contact details for three references. Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Further particulars for the role and information about the Department www.vet.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PP04808 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 21, 2014.

Applications are invited for a full time postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Prof. Christine Watson, based at Department of Pathology, central Cambridge, to investigate alternative cell death mechanisms during mammary gland involution. Recently, the Watson lab has identified a lysosomal pathway of cell death and this Medical Research Council funded project aims to characterize this pathway further. Bright, enthusiastic individuals are invited to apply for this position.

Candidates will be expected to have a PhD in a relevant field with a track record of publishing in high quality journals, a strong background in molecular and cell biology, expertise in high resolution imaging, proteomics or CRISPR/Cas9 technology, and an interest in lysosomes and mechanisms of cell death. Ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills are required. The duties/responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering seminars and occasional lectures.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 7 January 2015.

Specific enquiries, and requests for more details of the project, can be made to Christine Watson at cjw53@cam.ac.uk.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until May 2017 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Any queries regarding this position should be directed to jobs@path.cam.ac.uk or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK04787 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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NERC DTP Studentship in Ecosystems & Global Change x 3

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 21, 2014.

The University of Cambridge is offering up to fifteen 3.5 year NERC-funded PhD studentships starting in October 2015. 3 of these positions will be based in the Department of Plant Sciences, supervised by Dr Andrew Tanentzap.

http://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/grads/studentships/andrew-tanentzap

1) Evolutionary drivers and consequences of plant evolutionary radiations 2) Is Older Better? Evolutionary Constraints on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function 3) Too Much Of A Good Thing: How Does Waterlogging Constrain Species Distributions?

UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full NERC studentship. This will cover a stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£13,863 per annum for 2014-2015), research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Overseas students may be able to join the programme but will need to have arranged funding from other sources

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3.5 years in the first instance.

For further information contact Dr Andrew Tanentzap (ajt65@cam.ac.uk)

Please visit this site for details on how to apply http://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/grads/applying

Please quote reference PD04791 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate - Bioinformatician (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 21, 2014.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2017 in the first instance.

The Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (SCI) comprises 200 researchers spanning fundamental science through to clinical applications. Our goal is to advance disease modelling, drug discovery and regenerative medicine through understanding the genetic and biochemical mechanisms that control stem cell fate.

Applications are invited for a computational biologist to join the research group of Dr Paul Bertone at the Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute at the University of Cambridge. We are applying state-of-the-art experimental and computational methods toward the understanding of transcriptional regulation in pluripotent stem cells from rodents and primates.

We work closely with the groups of Dr Jennifer Nichols and Professor Austin Smith at the SCI, and seek to fill this position with a postdoctoral scientist who will join a new collaborative project funded by the BBSRC. This arrangement provides an excellent environment for research and career development, as the post holder will benefit from the resources and expertise of both experimental and computational laboratories to lead this multidisciplinary project.

The successful candidate will be required to communicate effectively with experimentalists and organize collaborative projects. The post holder will have the opportunity to initiate his or her own computational projects, but will also coordinate with colleagues in experimental labs and contribute to the design and execution of related studies. He or she will have a strong publication record and enjoy working on ambitious projects at the frontiers of genomics and biotechnology. Projects will apply large-scale gene expression profiling, comparative genomics and regulatory systems modelling.

Candidates will have a solid background in computation and current knowledge of eukaryotic genomics. Expertise in statistical methods and Unix scripting are essential. Additional experience with high-throughput sequencing data, numerical computing or regulatory systems modelling is desirable but not required. Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. Bioinformatics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, or Biochemistry/Molecular Biology with a computational component).

Previous experience in stem cell biology is not necessary.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for all applications is the Thursday 1st January 2015.

Informal enquiries about the post are also welcome via email: cscrjobs@cscr.cam.ac.uk.

Interviews will be held towards the end of January 2015.

Please quote reference PS04734 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 17, 2014.

We are seeking a post-doctoral research associate/research assistant to work on a project on causal reasoning in corvids and humans funded by the ERC. The Principal Investigator is Professor Nicola Clayton.

The person appointed will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the experiments, and will be expected to play a lead role. This will include designing and running the experiments, constructing necessary equipment and lab set ups, collecting and analyzing data and writing the work up for publication and presentations, as well as liaising with other members of the lab and technicians, and reporting to the Principal Investigator. It may also involve helping to train and supervise graduate and undergraduate students and internship visitors involved in any related research projects. The work will involve training and testing corvids in both the Cambridge laboratory and in the field in New Caledonia, as well as testing humans (primarily but not exclusively on children and young infants).

Consequently it is essential that the post-holder has a PhD in Experimental Psychology or related discipline (Research Associate) or is in the process of submitting their thesis (Research Assistant), experience of working with both birds and humans and a background in experimental psychology. The salary range if appointed as a Research Associate is £28,695 - £37,394 per annum and the salary range if appointed as Research Assistant is £24,774 -£27,864 per annum. Preference will be given to applicants who have conducted experiments on corvids and have experience in both the lab and field, given the need to work in Cambridge and New Caledonia. Given the nature of this work it is also essential that the post holder can work independently as well as part of a team, and must have good leadership and communication skills.

The further information document may be downloaded below.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 January 2019.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children's barred list).

The nature of this role means that the successful candidate will also need to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

If you do not hear from us within 4 weeks of the closing date please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

Please quote reference PJ04736 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Junior Clinical Training Scholarship in Equine Studies

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 14, 2014.

One-year Junior Clinical Training Scholarship £14,700.00 per annum

Start date 1 April 2015

Applications are invited from recently qualified veterinarians for this 12 month post-graduate training programme offering high-quality, post-graduate training in equine studies. The emphasis will be on gaining practical clinical experience in equine medicine and surgery under the supervision of recognised specialists, and will allow the Scholar to identify specific fields in which to specialise, either in preparation for Senior Clinical Scholarship training programmes, or specialist private practice.

An applicant must be a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, or hold a veterinary degree qualifying him or her for membership.

For informal enquiries about the scholarship programme, please contact Kate Smith, Equine Surgeon, ks629@cam.ac.uk or 01223 765804.

Closing date: 4 January 2015

Interview date: 14 January 2015

Fixed-term: 1 years.

Application form (JCTS1) and information pack: contact Melissa Large on 01223 337055, quoting title of Scholarship, or download from link below.

Completed application form, curriculum vitae and covering letter: send to Melissa Large, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 OES, or submit via email vetmed@hermes.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PP04741 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Group Leader (Senior Research Associate)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 04, 2014.

The Gurdon Institute is a world-renowned centre in the fields of developmental, cell, and cancer biology, located in the heart of the historic city of Cambridge, and part of the University's School of Biological Sciences. Founded in 1991, its purpose is to provide the best possible environment for research, and to foster interactions and collaborations between scientists with diverse but complementary interests. It is generously supported by core funding from the Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK, and benefits from state-of-the art facilities in a friendly, modern, purpose-built environment (see www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk).

We are seeking to recruit one or more new Group Leaders, and we are particularly interested in early career applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for Sir Henry Dale (or similar) Fellowships. This would be an ideal position for a scientist wishing to take up his or her first position as an independent researcher, and offers a generous start up package and a world-class platform for career development.

The Group Leader will establish and run their own lab, leading an independent research programme, creating a strong track record of publishing high impact papers, applying for funding, and training and supervising both postdocs and students. Their scientific interests will be in the fields of developmental biology and/or cancer, and complementary to those of existing Gurdon Institute group leaders.

The person appointed will be expected to have a PhD, an outstanding publication record, have completed successful postdoctoral research training and be well on the way to establishing themselves as an internationally recognised expert in their field.

Informal enquiries are invited and can be directed to any of the Institute's Group Leaders or emailed to glsearch@gurdon.cam.ac.uk.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and a brief (2-4 page) outline of your research interests in the upload section of the online application.

Please quote reference PR04573 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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MRC 4-yr PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology and Medicine: 'Physical Biology of Stem Cells'

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Oct 30, 2014.

Programme Overview:

This studentship is targeted to applicants with a Physical Sciences, Mathematical or Computational Sciences background, who are interested in applying their training to aspects of stem cell biology.

This programme provides students with an opportunity to spend time in three different labs during their first 'rotation' year, before deciding where to undertake their thesis work for years 2-4.

Physical Biology of Stem Cells:

Stem cells are defined by their dual capacity to self-renew and differentiate into somatic cells. Great inroads have been made towards understanding how stem cells generate tissue and sustain cell turnover in tissue. At this time most of the inroads have been made by studying the individual biochemistry of the stem cell; much less progress has been made in understanding their function across scales - from molecules to tissue - or how they interact with their physical environment.

In studying the physical biology of stem cells, the aim is to identify and characterise the importance of physical, chemical, mathematical, and engineering considerations in the function of stem cells. This could include mathematical modelling of homeostasis in tissues, engineering controlled environments to control stem cell function, imaging and biotechnology, using single molecule approaches to study molecular interactions, systems biology, or investigating the importance of the stem cell's response to forces in its environment. The research generated by the MRC studentships should provide new foundations for biomedical discovery, biotechnological and biopharmaceutical exploitation, and clinical applications in regenerative medicine.

Qualification Eligibility:

We welcome applications from those who hold (or expect to be awarded) a relevant first degree at the highest level. You should have a passion for scientific research, specifically with a Physical Sciences, Mathematical or Computational Sciences background.

Financial Support:

All applicants must meet the MRC funding eligibility requirements outlined at http://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/studentships/studentship-guidance/student-eligibility-requirements/

Application Process:

Please visit http://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/studentships/phy-biol-2015/ for full details. Please note you will be required to complete and submit a departmental application form, provide two references and upload copies of your transcripts as part of the application process.

Application Deadline: 4th February 2015

Interview Date: 4th March 2015

Visit http://www.physbio.group.cam.ac.uk/ for details of the current Cambridge Physical Biology network.

Please email cscr-phd@cscr.cam.ac.uk for any further questions.

Please quote reference PS04621 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Wellcome Trust 4-yr (1+3) PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology & Medicine

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Oct 30, 2014.

Stem Cell Biology

Stem cells are defined by the dual capacity to self-renew and to differentiate. These properties sustain homeostatic cell turnover in adult tissues and enable repair and regeneration throughout the lifetime of the organism. In contrast, pluripotent stem cells are generated in the laboratory from early embryos or by molecular reprogramming. They have the capacity to make any somatic cell type, including tissue stem cells.

Stem cell biology aims to identify and characterise which cells are true stem cells, and to elucidate the physiological, cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern self-renewal, fate specification and differentiation. This research should provide new foundations for biomedical discovery, biotechnological and biopharmaceutical exploitation, and clinical applications in regenerative medicine.

Cambridge Stem Cell Community

The University of Cambridge is exceptional in the depth and diversity of its research in Stem Cell Biology, and has a dynamic and interactive research community that is ranked amongst the foremost in the world. By bringing together members of both the Schools of Biology and Medicine, this four year PhD programme will enable you to take advantage of the strength and breadth of stem cell research available in Cambridge. Choose from over 30 participating host laboratories using a range of experimental approaches and organisms.

Programme Outline

During the first year students will: perform laboratory rotations in three different participating groups working on both basic and translational stem cell biology; study fundamental aspects of Stem Cell Biology through a series of teaching modules led by leaders in the field; learn a variety of techniques, such as advanced imaging, flow cytometry, and management of complex data sets.

Students are expected to choose a laboratory for their thesis research by June 2016, and will then write a research proposal to be assessed for the MRes Degree in Stem Cell Biology. This assessment will also be used to determine whether students continue on to a 3-year PhD.

Application Process:

Visit http://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/studentships/wtprogramme/ for full details about the studentship and how to apply. Please note you will be required to complete and submit a departmental application form, provide two references and upload copies of your transcripts as part of the application process.

Informal enquiries are also welcome via email to: cscr-phd@cscr.cam.ac.uk

Applications must be submitted by 4th January 2015.

Interviews will be held on 21st, 22nd and 23rd January 2015.

Please quote reference PS04622 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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PhD Studentship

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Oct 23, 2014.

Project Title: Genotypic and environmental factors affecting canopy expansion and duration in potato

Supervisor: Professor Howard Griffiths with Dr David Firman NIAB ¿ Cambridge University Farm

Project outline:

The yield of potato crops is affected by the size and longevity of the leaf canopy and better quantification of the effects of factors influencing canopy duration will enhance crop models, enable yield improvement and guide breeding of new varieties. Important factors known to affect canopy expansion and duration include stem density, temperature and soil conditions including nutrient and moisture content. The extent to which each of these factors affect yield can vary considerably but by understanding their influence on the parameters and output of crop models, it should be possible to predict the effects more effectively than through use of empirical experiments alone. Potato breeding has generally achieved limited improvement in yield compared with other major crops which is at least partly due to the large number of other traits breeders select for. Quantifying genetic variation in some key characteristics of canopy expansion and duration will help determine the extent to which light interception could be increased in new varieties leading to improvements in yield.

Our research group has a strong interest in using data from field experiments and commercial crops to inform crop models for predicting yield, water and nutrient use. We are interested in establishing the role of environmental and genetic factors that affect crop growth. Close interaction with members of Cambridge University Potato Growers Association provides access to all sectors of the potato industry and enables rapid adoption of research findings into practice.

This project is expected to involve collating historical data on canopy production and duration from a range of varieties and environmental conditions and complementing this with new data from field experiments and commercial crops from a wide range of varieties. Analysis of these datasets will be carried out to derive characteristics of canopy expansion and duration and quantify the effects of genotype and environmental factors on these characteristics. The project is an opportunity to develop a broad range of skills in agronomy, data analysis, modelling and understanding of potato production in practice.

This studentship is fully funded by CUPGRA (Cambridge University Potato Growers Association). CUPGRA encourages study and research on potatoes and promotes the interchange of scientific research and field practice for innovative, sound commercial production of potatoes through its association with the Agronomy Research Group at NIAB-CUF.

The studentship will cover a stipend at the standard Research Council rate, research costs and tuition fees at the UK rate.

For informal discussion on the project please contact Dr David Firman david.firman@niab.com

Applications should include two academic referees, CV and cover letter and be emailed to Megan Cooper (mc661@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference PD04553 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate - Next Generation Fellowship x 2 (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Oct 10, 2014.

The Centre for Trophoblast Research aims to promote the study of placental biology, with special reference to the trophoblast. The Centre is offering up to 2 Next Generation Fellowships to commence in October 2015 with the aim of promoting the prospects of high-calibre individuals pursuing innovative research that falls within the remit of the Centre. Applications will be particularly welcome from individuals whose research addresses the Grand Challenges recently identified by the Centre.

Candidates should normally be within 5 years of the award of their PhD. Applicants must display evidence of academic excellence, a strong research record, and the ability to perform independent research.

A Fellowship is usually of three years duration and may be held in any department within the University or its affiliated institutes. Holders are expected to apply for a Research Fellowship from a research council or other funding body, or a faculty position during the course of their tenure.

This Fellowship will provide flexible funding of up to £60,000 per annum, inclusive of a personal salary of the range advertised above, research consumables, equipment and conference travel.

The scheme is open to UK, EU and Overseas PhD graduates.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

For application details and more information, please visit http://www.trophoblast.cam.ac.uk/info/fellowships.shtml

Applications are to be received by Sunday 4 January 2015

Interviews will be held mid/late January 2015

Please quote reference PM04443 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Career Development Fellowship

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 24, 2014.

Applications are invited for Research Career Development Fellowships in the Sainsbury Laboratory. The positions are open to applicants of any nationality. With the intention of nurturing the next generation of researchers in the field of plant science, the Fellowships provide an opportunity for talented junior investigators to develop their own research programme and become creative leaders in the field.

The Sainsbury Laboratory is a new Research Institute located in central Cambridge, providing an outstanding scientific environment. It has excellent resources and core facilities, with state-of-the-art equipment including growth rooms, glasshouses, microscopy and computing facilities. It provides a collaborative research atmosphere where researchers can take risks in a supportive environment. We are seeking to appoint Career Development Fellows who can both contribute to and benefit from this environment. In particular we are looking for scientists with imaginative research ideas that will contribute to our understanding of plant development, by elucidating the links between genotype and phenotype in any appropriate study system.

Applicants will typically have between 3 and 6 years of postdoctoral experience in a field related to the overall scientific focus of the Laboratory in plant development and its computational modelling. Applicants should be able to provide strong evidence of their potential to develop independent research programmes.

Fellowships are for five years. Successful applicants will receive an initial three years of funding, with extension for a further two years contingent on a successful scientific review and will hold an appointment with the University of Cambridge. Funds include full salary, ranging from £37,756 to £47,787, an additional 30% Gatsby distinction award, benefits and £40,000 p.a. of unrestricted research support. As they develop into independent researchers, Fellows will be encouraged to apply for external funding. Fellows can apply for Research Group Leader positions within the Laboratory at any time.

Further details about the posts and the Sainsbury Laboratory are available on the Sainsbury Laboratory web site: http://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/

Applications can be submitted electronically at any time as pdf files and include a full CV, a research proposal for five years, and the names of at least three referees. There is no fixed closing date- applications will be assessed throughout the year.

Completed applications should be sent by e-mail to enquiries@slcu.cam.ac.uk.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Please quote reference PT02610 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Career Development Fellowship - Computational Modelling of Developmental Systems

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 24, 2014.

Applications are invited for Research Career Development Fellowships in the Sainsbury Laboratory. The positions are open to applicants of any nationality. With the intention of nurturing the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers in the field of plant developmental biology, the Fellowships provide an opportunity for talented junior investigators to develop their own research program and become creative leaders in the field.

The Sainsbury Laboratory is a new Research Institute, providing an outstanding scientific environment. It has excellent resources and core facilities, with state-of-the-art equipment including high performance computing, growth rooms, glasshouses and microscopy. It provides a collaborative research atmosphere where researchers can take risks in a supportive environment. We are seeking to appoint Career Development Fellows who can both contribute to and benefit from this environment. In particular we are looking for scientists with computational or mathematical modeling expertise and imaginative research ideas that will contribute to our understanding of plant development by elucidating the links between genotype and phenotype. Experience with plant systems is not required. Applications are welcome from researchers wishing to move into plant biology from any other study system.

Applicants will typically have between 3 and 6 years of postdoctoral experience and should be able to provide strong evidence of their potential to develop independent research programs.

Fellowships are for five years. Successful applicants will receive an initial three years of funding, with extension for a further two years contingent on a successful scientific review and will hold an appointment with the University of Cambridge. Funds include full salary, ranging from £37,756 to £47,787, an additional 30% Gatsby distinction award, benefits and £40,000 p.a. of unrestricted research support. As they develop into independent researchers, Fellows will be encouraged to apply for external funding. Fellows can apply for Research Group Leader positions within the Laboratory at any time.

Further details about the posts and the Sainsbury Laboratory are available on the Sainsbury Laboratory web site: http://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/

Applications can be submitted electronically at any time as pdf files and include a full CV, a research proposal for five years, and the names of at least three referees. There is no fixed closing date- applications will be assessed throughout the year.

Completed applications should be sent by e-mail to enquiries@slcu.cam.ac.uk.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Please quote reference PT02611 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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