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Research Associate in Atmospheric Physics (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 17, 2017.

A postdoctoral position in Atmospheric Physics and Meteorology is available in the Epidemiology and Modelling Group of the Department of Plant Science at the University of Cambridge led by Professor Chris Gilligan to work on the development and testing of meteorologically-driven, epidemiological models of emerging disease in crops and natural ecosystems.

We are seeking a modeller to build on our work in collaboration with the UK Met Office, to analyse how wind-borne, plant pests and diseases spread in natural and agricultural settings. The post-holder will be primarily responsible for utilising the Numerical Atmospheric Modelling Environment (NAME), developed by the UK Met Office to simulate the large-scale, long distance dispersal of plant pests and pathogens. The modelling is intended to inform policy at national and international levels for developing and developed countries to aid in optimal surveillance to predict the future spread of emerging epidemics and to compare management scenarios. The successful candidate will work with a team of modellers to optimise and expand current modelling approaches. There will be opportunities to inform the implementation of national disease management policies, as well as for scientific publication.

Applications are invited from candidates with a PhD in atmospheric physics, applied mathematics, physics, meteorology or a related subject. Familiarity with, meteorological modelling or atmospheric dispersal models would be an advantage. Knowledge of C++ or Fortran and a generic scripting language (such as Perl, Python or R) is highly desirable. The ideal candidate will be able to work closely with biologists to incorporate realistic biological processes into the models. Good communication skills are essential as the post holder will need to work well in a team and collaborate widely, including communicating results effectively to non-technical clients and policy agencies. The post-holder will be based in the Epidemiology and Modelling Group at Cambridge where there is substantial expertise in mathematical modelling and parameter estimation.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 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 upload your CV with publications list and a covering letter.

Please note if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please quote reference PD11486 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Senior Maintenance Technician

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 15, 2017.

Applications are invited for the new position of Senior Maintenance Technician to be part of the maintenance team working under the direction of the Deputy Facilities Manager, responsible for the day to day maintenance of this large and busy Department. Duties will include a wide range of planned, preventative and reactive maintenance tasks in addition to minor installations and modifications of building services and equipment.

The successful candidate will work in all areas of the Department including plant rooms, laboratories, controlled environments and support areas with a high degree of autonomy. You will be expected to organise yourself and other available resources in a way that minimises disruption to research activities.

The role holder will supervise two Maintenance Technicians responsible for the allocation of work and ensuring the maintenance team works efficiently to successfully plan and implement a wide variety of infrastructure and maintenance work. You will have a flexible approach to work and be expected to provide support outside of normal working hours in an emergency.

This is a varied role which requires substantial mechanical and electrical engineering knowledge and skills along with excellent communication, problem-solving and team working skills. Previous experience in a similar role is essential and a relevant qualification would be advantageous.

The Department provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide-range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities.

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 complete the online application as fully as possible.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 12 March 2017.

Please quote reference PM11461 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Software Engineer (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 15, 2017.

A software engineer is sought to support the Adaptive Brain Lab (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk) at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK.

The lab focuses on understanding the neural basis of human cognition using a combination of behavioral, computational and brain imaging techniques (fMRI, TMS, EEG). The team consists of an international and interdisciplinary mix of students and post-docs who use specialist equipment (display devices, eye trackers, brain imaging equipment) and has strong links with researchers in Computer Science and Engineering as well as with industrial partners.

The role involves facilitating the work of the research team by developing software for research projects in cognitive and computational neuroscience.

A bachelor's (or higher) degree in computer science, engineering, math or other related field is required. Strong computer programming skills (especially MATLAB, C++, OpenGL) are required.

Excellent organization skills, the ability to provide training and support to others, and the ability to maintain strong local and international working relationships are essential.

For informal inquiries, please contact Professor Zoe Kourtzi at zk240@cam.ac.uk

Further information may be downloaded below.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance with the possibility of extension until September 2022.

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 PJ11459 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 Feb 14, 2017.

Applicants are invited for a postdoctoral research associate in Dr Chris Illingworth's Microbial Evolution research group in the Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge. One aspect of our recent research has focused on the development of mathematical models using population genetic methods to understand the within-host evolution of influenza virus. Other work has focused on evolutionary processes in other microbial organisms. We aim to recruit a bright and motivated individual to join the group, developing and applying new approaches for evaluating genome sequence datasets.

Funds for this post are available for 12 months, with the possibility of extension beyond this period.

Essential requirements:

Have or about to be awarded a PhD in evolutionary biology or another relevant subject; high level of mathematical ability e.g. undergraduate degree in numerate subject; knowledge of a programming language such as R, Matlab, or C++; ability to work both independently and as part of a team; ability to communicate ideas effectively verbally and in writing to experts and non-experts alike; ability to think creatively and rapidly develop novel solutions, and enthusiasm for scientific research.

Desirable skills:

Expertise in population genetics; experience of working with next-generation sequence data; knowledge of virus evolution, and a record of publication in high quality scientific journals.

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.

Applications should include a CV and a brief statement outlining key areas of expertise, and reasons why you would like to join the group. Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Chris Illingworth (cjri2@cam.ac.uk).

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

Please quote reference PC11439 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 13, 2017.

DNA repair is crucial in all living cells. Unrepaired DNA lesions can terminate gene transcription, leading to mutations, cell death and disease. Repair defects are often linked to cancer and/or progressive neurological disorders (see Khoronenkova & Dianov, PNAS, 2015; Khoronenkova et al., Mol Cell, 2012).

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Associate to investigate mechanistic links between deficiencies in the DNA damage response and progressive neurodegenerative diseases. In particular, we are interested in the neurodegenerative phenotype of the multisystem disorder Ataxia Telangiectasia. The project will use differentiation of patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells, CRISPR/Cas9 editing and state-of-the-art biochemical and proteomic approaches.

The post holder will join the laboratory of Dr Svetlana Khoronenkova at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Applicants should have a PhD (DPhil) in Biochemistry or Molecular/Cell Biology and a strong biochemical background. Previous experience in the fields of stem cell biology and/or DNA repair would be an advantage.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Svetlana Khoronenkova at sk870@cam.ac.uk

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.

Any enquires regarding the application process can be directed to Adriana Dote (personnel@bioc.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference PH11406 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 13, 2017.

Applications are invited for a vacancy in bioinformatics at either pre-doctoral or post-doctoral level to join a multi-disciplinary team studying virus comparative genomics, gene expression, evolution, taxonomy, RNA structure and function, and virus discovery. The position will be based in the joint bioinformatic/experimental laboratory of Dr Andrew Firth in the University of Cambridge at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Further information about our lab's research may be found at www.firthlab.path.cam.ac.uk.

Applicants should have a good degree in bioinformatics or a related discipline, or equivalent experience. Applicants should have a sound knowledge of at least one programming language, familiarity with the linux operating system, experience in standard bioinformatic techniques and reference resources (particularly for RNA/DNA sequence analysis), and an interest in molecular biology. Previous experience of working with high-throughput RNA-Seq sequencing data would be a strong advantage, as would a theoretical knowledge of RNA viruses. Experience and knowledge of web development and software development are desirable.

The ability to work both independently as well as part of a team, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills, attention to detail, and an enthusiasm for scientific research, are required. The general duties/responsibilities of this post include supporting the lab's work, writing up work for presentation and publication, and assisting in the supervision of student research projects (if appointed as research assistant) and, additionally, developing and driving research objectives, and delivering occasional seminars (if appointed as research associate) as outlined in the Further Information Documents.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded). Where the postholder does not hold a PhD (or equivalent experience), appointment will be at the research assistant level. The research assistant salary falls within the range £25,298 - £29,301. The research associate salary falls within the range £29,301 - £38,183.

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.

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.

Direct enquiries may be addressed to Dr Andrew Firth (aef24@cam.ac.uk). General enquiries to Irene Piper, jobs@path.cam.ac.uk or 01223 333940 .

Please quote reference PK10925 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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PA to Alborada Professor (Head of Department) (Maternity Cover)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 13, 2017.

University of Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine

Limit of Tenure: 12 months maternity cover or the return of the post holder, whichever comes first.

Applications are invited for a PA position from the end of May/beginning of June working with Professor James Wood, Head of Department of Veterinary Medicine and Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science. Professor Wood heads up a research group, the Disease Dynamics Unit, an interdisciplinary group, using state-of-the-art methods from epidemiology, mathematics and biological sciences, to study the growth, spread and control of pathogens within and between hosts.

The role holder will provide comprehensive administrative and secretarial support to Professor Wood covering his Departmental and research activities, ensuring the effective management of his diary, making travel arrangements and management of the Professor's research grants, as well as providing general administration to the research group. For more information please refer to the further information document.

The successful candidate must have relevant and extensive secretarial and administrative experience in a busy work environment. They will have excellent communication skills (written and oral) and be highly motivated. They will also have excellent organisational skills with the ability to organise their own workload, working calmly and efficiently under pressure.

It would be desirable to have a knowledge of (or ability to learn quickly) the University Financial System and prior work experience in the higher education sector.

Closing Date: 3 April 2017

Interviews will be held: 21 April 2017

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 informal enquiries please contact Natalie Wills on nw366@cam.ac.uk To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the link 'Apply online' or visit the vacancy pages on the following website: www.jobs.cam.ac.uk This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) before completing the online application form. Further particulars for the role and information about the Department www.vet.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PP11427 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Centre Administrator (Full or Part Time) (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 13, 2017.

Applications are invited for a full-time or part-time Administrator to support the activities of two research groups: ABL: the Adaptive Brain Lab (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk) and CSLB: Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain (http://csl.psychol.cam.ac.uk/). Both groups conduct research in cognitive neuroscience and ageing.

The post-holder has responsibility for providing a broad range of administrative services to support the active research of the labs, and supporting the PIs in their day-to-day running. This includes pre- and post-award research project administration, co-ordinating the production of research documentation, financial management of resources, organizing volunteers for experimental research and databases and ensuring research compliance for such studies.

This is a wide-ranging position which would suit a self-motivated individual who is experienced in working in a diverse team and able to perform effectively under multiple demands. Applicants should be educated to first degree level and have experience in a similar administrative position, ideally within in a research setting. Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks effectively are essential, as is a meticulous attention to detail. Comprehensive IT skills for administration including the use of databases are required. A high standard of numeracy with proven ability in budget creation and managing resources are essential. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a proven ability to summarise information and provide advice.

Informal inquiries about this post may be sent to Professor Zoe Kourtzi (zk240@cam.ac.uk) and Professor Lorraine Tyler (lktyler@csl.psychol.cam.ac.uk).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance with a possibility of extension until 30 September 2020

Further details may be downloaded 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 quote reference PJ11412 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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PhD studentship in Molecular Microbiology

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 10, 2017.

A BBSRC-funded Targeted PhD studentship (for uptake in October 2017) is available in the laboratory of Dr Martin Welch (Department of Biochemistry, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge). The project will investigate the role of an acetate-inducible denitrification pathway in the opportunistic human pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Recent RNA-Seq analyses carried out in the lab have revealed that when grown on acetate as a sole carbon source, gene products comprising the Nar/Nir/Nos/Nor denitrification pathways are among the most highly up-regulated transcripts in the cell. This was a surprising observation because transcripts encoding the known regulators of denitrification in P. aeruginosa (Anr and Dnr) were not modulated at all, suggesting that in these conditions, denitrification is controlled by some other mechanism(s). The practical relevance of this is that (i) fatty acids and other acetate-producing substrates are now known to be the preferred energy source for P. aeruginosa during many infection scenarios, and (ii) denitrification is critically-important in industry for microaerobic bacterial growth. Therefore, the key question and the main aim of this project, is to understand why P. aeruginosa turns on the denitrification pathways during growth on acetate, and what regulates this. The successful candidate will investigate this problem using a combined biochemical, genetic and systems-based approach which should provide a rich and varied training opportunity.

The successful applicant will join our Departmental PhD programme and must complete their studies within 4 years. Full funding (covering maintenance, fees and laboratory consumables) is available for UK citizens or EEA students who meet UK residency requirements. In addition to a programme of work in the MW lab, the appointed student will participate in DTP training courses, two 10-week rotation projects (one of which will be based in the MW lab) and a three month internship (PIPS), as well as other DTP-related events.

In the first instance, interested candidates should contact Dr Martin Welch (mw240@cam.ac.uk) with a CV, list of academic referees and a cover letter. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in Cambridge.

Please quote reference PH11425 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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PhD Studentship (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 10, 2017.

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship position funded by the Pathological Society of Great Britain & Ireland, starting from 1 October 2017. Funding will cover the student's stipend at the current Research Council rate and University Fees. **The studentship is available to UK nationals and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements.

The successful candidate will join Professor Ming-Qing Du's research group and investigate the molecular function of KLF2, a transcriptional factor, which is frequently inactivated by somatic mutations in splenic marginal zone B-cell lymphoma (Clipson et al Leukemia 2015:29:1177-85). Applicants should have or expect to have an upper second honours BSc or MSc degree in biomedical science or a related subject. Experience in biomedical research is an advantage. The post-holder should be highly motivated, and keen to work within a multidisciplinary team. Additionally, the Department requires that by the time of interview all potential students must have fulfilled the language requirements for admission (http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/blpapdpth/requirements)

** Further information about the UK residency requirements and your fee status can be found at the following website: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/fees/what-my-fee-status. Applications from ineligible candidates will not be considered.

Further information about the research group can be found at the group's website (http://www.path.cam.ac.uk/pages/du/).

Informal enquires may be made to Professor Ming-Qing Du (mailto:mqd20@cam.ac.uk). General queries regarding this position should be directed to graduate.studies@path.cam.ac.uk or 01223 333940

The closing date for applications is 6 April 2017.

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

The application form and how to apply is available from the following link: http://www.path.cam.ac.uk/graduate/fully-funded-phd/path-soc-studentship

Please quote reference PK11417 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 10, 2017.

We are looking for a full-time Research Assistant for 6 months (with the possibility to extend for a further 6 months conditional on funding) to address the potential role of tusk size in sociality in African elephants. The post holder will analyse a large database photographs of elephants in order to assess tusk size and potentially develop a classification of tusk size. They will be expected to write a thorough report on the findings and make recommendations for the further collection of data on tusk size. The post holder will also analyse demographic (mortality, fertility, population structure) data and social data obtained from field observations of elephants as data are made available from the field. All analyses will be conducted in R. Data cleaning, preparation and manipulation will be required. The post is primarily desk-based in Cambridge, although a short visit to the field site in South Africa may be possible.

The project is part of a collaboration between Dr. Hannah Mumby, a Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology and the South Africa-based non-profit organisation Elephants Alive. The successful candidate will be a graduate with a good understanding of behavioural ecology, life history and demography.

Skills in photogrammetric techniques, data management and formatting in R and demographic analysis required as well as the ability to work on aspects of the project from planning fieldwork to synthesising and summarising information for grant applications, reports and publications.

Interviews: March/April 2017, to be confirmed after the closing date

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months, with the possibility to extend for a further 6 months conditional on the allocation of funding.

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 PF11416 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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BBSRC iCase 4 Year PhD Studentship

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 10, 2017.

Decoding the network logic for resetting pluripotency ¿ Collaborative Stem Cell Research PhD Studentship with Microsoft Research - re-advertised, revised closing date 31st March 2017.

Outline Project Description:

  • Interdisciplinary project at the interface of stem cell research and computational modelling

  • Delineation of network trajectories for cellular reprogramming at single cell resolution

  • Combination of wet lab research with logical modelling

  • Collaboration between the laboratory of Prof. Austin Smith and Microsoft Research Cambridge

The Smith Group at the Medical Research Council Wellcome Trust Stem Cell Institute in Cambridge in partnership with the Computational Biology Group at Microsoft Research offers an exciting interdisciplinary 4-year PhD studentship commencing October 2017.

The pluripotent ground state of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) is governed by a self-reinforcing interaction network of transcription factors (Dunn et al, Science 2014). Combinations of factors within this network can induce somatic cells to acquire pluripotency, a process called molecular reprogramming (Takahashi and Yamanaka, Cell, 2006). Experimental and computational efforts have led to circuitry mapping of the key players in maintenance of the ESC state. However, how this molecular circuitry is launched and fully connected during reprogramming remains unclear.

This project is a cross-disciplinary investigation to address systematically how cells transit to the pluripotent ESC state at the molecular network level. The multi-step, heterogeneous and asynchronous nature of the reprogramming process presents technical challenges. This project is designed to overcome these challenges by using a minimal reprogramming system and integrating quantitative single-cell gene expression profiling at defined reprogramming stages with computational network synthesis and modelling. This approach will transform a temporal series of single-cell snapshots of network status into reconfiguring network trajectories. Predictions formulated from the synthesised trajectories will be tested experimentally and the results used for iterative refinement of the model set.

As part of the BBSRC doctoral training programme, this 4-year PhD contains tailored training courses in the first six months of the studentship. In addition, a key element of this project is that the student will spend three months at Microsoft Research Cambridge, under the supervision of our collaborator, Dr Sara-Jane Dunn, to develop wider training and skills.

For further details about our group and the institute, please visit:http://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/

Funding Notes

UK and EEA students who have, or are expecting to attain, at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in relevant biological subjects are invited to apply. The interdisciplinary nature of the project means that we welcome applications from students with mathematical and computing experience who are interested in using their skills to address biological questions.

Application details are available at http://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/study/otheropportunities/#BBSRC. Please ask your referees to submit references directly to the SCI Graduate Administrator: sci-phd@stemcells.cam.ac.uk, using "BBSRCiCASE student reference" in the subject header. The deadline is 31st March 2017 and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in April. Please note: this studentship is being re-advertised. Previous applicants need not apply.

Please quote reference PS10826 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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ESRC Interdisciplinary Studentship: Memory and Consumption

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 08, 2017.

Applications are invited for a 4-year ESRC Targeted PhD studentship in the area of Memory and Consumption starting in October 2017 at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate will conduct research under the supervision of Dr Lucy Cheke at the Cognition and Motivated Behaviour Lab (http://www.camblab.psychol.cam.ac.uk/) and Dr Amy Ahern of the MRC Epidemiology Unit (http://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/people/amy-ahern/)

This studentship will investigate whether recent research on the role of memory in consumption-regulation can be developed into a scalable intervention to support weight management. This project aims to capitalize on growing understanding of the cognitive determinants of overeating, as well as emerging technology, to develop an app-based behaviour-change intervention that can be effective within the community to reduce over-eating and promote healthy weight regulation. The project will involve behavioural testing in the lab to clarify the causal relationship between memory and eating behavior and to identify a series of scalable memory manipulations that can reduce overeating. These findings will then be used to inform the development of an app that can deliver this intervention within the community. A person-based approach will be used to develop the intervention and test and optimize its usability. This will involve conducting qualitative research with target users throughout the design process, in order to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of users and how an intervention would fit into their daily lives.

For the first year, the student will participate in a Masters for Research programme and will train through lab rotations in a range of interdisciplinary methods including behavioural research in experimental psychology, quantitative and qualitative evaluation of behavioural interventions, and the use of mobile technology in psychology. Following, this the student will continue their PhD research in the area of Memory and Consumption.

Eligibility and Funding:

Candidates should have a first or upper second class degree in psychology, neuroscience or in another related subject (e.g., engineering, computer science. mathematics) and meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements - see: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/entry-requirements

All applicants must meet the ESRC funding eligibility requirements outlined at: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/studentships/prospective-students/am-i-eligible-for-an-esrc-studentship/

UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship, which includes University and College fees as well as an annual stipend at UK Research Council rates (TBC). Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.

Candidates from Overseas are not eligible for this studentship and should not apply.

Informal enquiries about the project may be made to Dr Lucy Cheke (lgc23@cam.ac.uk) or Dr Amy Ahern (ala34@cam.ac.uk).

Application process:

To apply please e-mail (i) a research statement outlining your suitability, why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area, your background and research interests, (ii) your CV stating your citizenship and years of residence in the UK (iii) copies of your academic transcripts and (iv) contact details for two academic referees (one of whom should be a project supervisor) to Mrs Dawn Ellis (dle31@cam.ac.uk) by Friday 3 March 2017. Please add 'ESRC Interdisciplinary Studentship: Memory and Consumption to the subject line of your e-mail.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview within two weeks from the application deadline.

Once the successful applicant is informed of the outcome, they will be asked to complete the University's GRADSAF application form.

ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship: Individualised Lifelong Learning

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 08, 2017.

Applications are invited for a 4-year ESRC Targeted PhD studentship in the area of Lifelong Learning starting in October 2017 at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate will conduct research under the supervision of Prof Zoe Kourtzi at the Adaptive Brain Lab (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk) and in collaboration with Dr Jason Rentfrow

The project aims to understand how humans of all ages translate sensory experience into complex decisions and adaptive behaviours by taking into account previous experience and learning. We address this challenge using an interdisciplinary approach that combines behavioural paradigms, psychological assessment, brain imaging and computational modelling. We apply these techniques to study the young and ageing brain and understand the factors (social, environmental, biological) that mediate adaptive behaviours across the lifespan. Our team works with computer scientists and industrial partners that develop mobile apps to translate our research to user-friendly tools that can be used to assess and promote individual learning ability.

For the first year, the student will participate in a Masters for Research programme and will train through lab rotations in a range of interdisciplinary methods including behavioural assessment, state-of-the-art brain imaging and mobile technology. Following, this the student will continue their PhD research in the area of Lifelong Learning.

Eligibility and Funding:

Candidates should have a first or upper second class degree in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering or mathematics and meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements - see: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/entry-requirements

All applicants must meet the ESRC funding eligibility requirements outlined at: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/studentships/prospective-students/am-i-eligible-for-an-esrc-studentship/

UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship, which includes University and College fees as well as an annual stipend at UK Research Council rates (TBC). Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.

Candidates from Overseas are not eligible for this studentship and should not apply.

Informal enquiries about the project may be made to Professor Zoe Kourtzi (zk240@cam.ac.uk).

Application process:

To apply please e-mail (i) a research statement outlining your suitability, why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area, your background and research interests, (ii) your CV stating your citizenship and years of residence in the UK (iii) copies of your academic transcripts and (iv) contact details for two academic referees (one of whom should be a project supervisor) to Mrs Dawn Ellis (dle31@cam.ac.uk) by Friday 3 March 2017. Please add 'ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship: Individualised Lifelong Learning' to the subject line of your e-mail.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview within two weeks from the application deadline.

Once the successful applicant is informed of the outcome, they will be asked to complete the University's GRADSAF application form.

Please quote reference PJ11390 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Building Services Technician (Plumbing Lead)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 07, 2017.

A Building Service Technician (Plumbing Lead) is required to work in the University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry.

The successful applicant will join a small proactive team of three staff under the guidance of the Building Services Manager. The duties of the role include to support both teaching and research within The Department by providing a frontline service. Further duties of the role will be to monitor key plant and equipment, respond to breakdowns, conduct minor plumbing and building repairs / alterations, establish and carry out a range of routine and planned maintenance and minor building works as directed. Since an additional key part of this role will be to act as the Plumbing Lead within The Maintenance Team, the successful candidate will be competent and knowledgeable in the operation of general water, Air Handling Units and heating plant and the setting of control equipment associated with domestic, laboratory, softened and deionised water services.

One of the largest Department's in The School of Biological Sciences, Biochemistry has varied research activities using complex plant and services to maintain a workable environment for researchers and equipment. The Department occupies two main buildings; both being highly serviced by a large amount of plant equipment supporting a number of high-specification Laboratories. The successful Candidate will be expected to familiarise themselves with the numerous plant rooms in order to guide engineers and contractors when required.

The successful applicant will be able to work in a team, be computer literate and with a good attention to detail. Communication and interpersonal skills are essential as the role holder is required to deal with different personnel both from within The University and outside contractors on a daily basis.

Candidates should hold an industry recognised qualification (eg., BTEC National certificate, City & Guilds, NVQ or equivalent).

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

Enquires relating to this role should be directed to Roger Biamonti (rb686@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.

Any enquires regarding the application process can be directed to Adriana Dote (personnel@bioc.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference PH11380 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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PhD Studentship (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 07, 2017.

A fully funded 4-year BBSRC PhD studentship under the MedImmune Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) is available, commencing in October 2017, to investigate why some monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) fail to be properly secreted by Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. The aim of the BBSRC CTP awards is to provide PhD students with a challenging research training experience within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration, between academic and industrial partner organisations. This project is partnered by MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca specializing in antibody and protein therapeutics, at its Cambridge R&D site. The work will utilise MedImmune's considerable experience in developing CHO cell lines engineered for the production of therapeutic mAbs. It will involve characterisation of mAbs across a spectrum of secretion properties, from those which are effectively delivered in growth media to those that are very poorly secreted, often with an increased unfolded protein response and with retention in the cell. The student will employ novel methodologies developed in the laboratory of Professor Kathryn Lilley in the Cambridge Centre for Proteomics (CCP) (http://proteomics.bio.cam.ac.uk/), focussed on the development and application of spatial proteomics methods that aim to accurately locate proteins to subcellular structures on a proteome wide scale 1. Her group has developed other methodologies which determine the components of multi-protein complexes and the spatial context of membrane proteins 2. The outcome from the project will be a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in the secretion of recombinant mAbs, especially in cases where secretion is impaired. Knowing the interacting partners and location of retarded recombinant mAbs will assist in the design of future therapeutic proteins and cell engineering platforms to ensure their efficient secretion. This is of vital importance in the generation of manufacturing cell lines for therapeutic protein production. The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by Prof. Kathryn Lilley of CCP, which is located in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, and by science leaders from the Cell Line Development and Engineering team at MedImmune, working alongside a skilled team of scientists in a dynamic biopharmaceutical environment (https://www.medimmune.com/). Applicants should hold or be about to achieve a First or Upper-Second (2.i) class degree in a relevant subject. BBSRC 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 on the BBSRC website: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/studentship-eligibility-pdf/

The successful candidate will receive a stipend paid at RCUK rates for the 4 year duration of the award (£14,296 per annum for 2016-17); fees will be met in full for EU nationals meeting BBSRC residency requirements.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.

Applications should be sent to Prof. Kathryn Lilley (k.s.lilley@bioc.cam.ac.uk), enclosing a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Interviews will be held in March 2017.

1 Christoforou, A. et al. A draft map of the mouse pluripotent stem cell spatial proteome. Nat Commun 7, doi:10.1038/ncomms9992 (2016).

2 Rees, J. S., Lilley, K. S. & Jackson, A. P. SILAC-iPAC: A quantitative method for distinguishing genuine from non-specific components of protein complexes by parallel affinity capture. Journal of Proteomics 115, 143-156, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jprot.2014.12.006 (2015).

Please quote reference PH11008 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Clinical Anaesthetist (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 07, 2017.

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE DEPARTMENT OF VETERINARY MEDICINE West Cambridge Site

Limit of tenure 3 years

A Veterinary Anaesthetist is required to join the anaesthesia team, in the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital from 1 April 2017 or as soon after as possible. You will work within the team to assist in organising and managing the provision of anaesthesia and critical care services to the Department; participate in the practical and theoretical instruction of veterinary students and training of Clinical Training Scholars; and take part in the out-of-hours on-call rota. You will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities in the Small Animal Hospital, and a strong team of support staff. The role will also include some equine and farm animal duties.

You should have significant experience in an animal hospital environment (experience of working in an ICU environment is desirable), have completed a recognised residency programme (RCVS, ACVA or ECVA) and have a veterinary degree registerable with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. A postgraduate Diploma in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia (ECVAA or ACVAA) or eligibility for one is very desirable.

In return we can offer a supportive and engaging environment, additional payment for out of hours rota, generous paid annual leave for full time employees of 33 days, plus public holidays, generous and competitive staff benefits and services, including family friendly policies, numerous discounts on shopping, health care, financial services and public transport. We also offer defined benefits pension schemes and tax-efficient bicycle, car lease and charity-giving schemes.

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Julie Ingham email ji217@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.

Closing date for applications: 23 February 2017

Interview date : 9 March 2017

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 two 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 PP11267 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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PhD Studentship/Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 07, 2017.

Live imaging of mouse peri- and post-implantation morphogenesis

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years.

ImageInLife is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN) funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme and focused on the training of European experts in multilevel bio-imaging, analysis and modelling of vertebrate development and disease.

In the context of the ImageInLife network, the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN), University of Cambridge, has a vacancy for one Early Stage Researcher (ESR, PhD student) on the project detailed below.

Project description: Live imaging of mouse peri- and post-implantation morphogenesis The ESR will work in the group of Prof. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz with Drs Neophytos Christodoulou and Matteo Molè as co-supervisors. The project aims to uncover the morphogenetic events shaping the mouse embryo during implantation development in the synthetic and natural environment. The ESR will use the well-established ex-vivo culture system developed in the host laboratory, in combination with transgenic fluorescent reporter mouse lines and advanced confocal and multiphoton microscopy. Additionally, 4D cell motion and lineage tracking analysis will be performed to characterise how single cell behavior contributes to tissue wide morphogenetic events.

Applicants should hold a degree in biology, biophysics, or biomedical sciences and must comply with the eligibility criteria and transnational mobility rules for MSCA-ITN: * Early-stage researcher (ESR) will be appointed for three years as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow. The Fellowship is offered in conjunction with a PhD position in the PDN, University of Cambridge and will be subject to the Fellow satisfying the University's admissions requirements. At the time of recruitment, the ESR shall be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his/her research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. * Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. * Trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) is an essential requirement of MSCA-ITN. The ESR can be of any nationality. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, he/she must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

The ESR will be employed at the host institute by a contract with full social security coverage. He/She will receive a salary of £35,000 per annum augmented by a mobility allowance of £5,600 per annum in line with the EC rules for Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant holders. The ESR will be liable to pay his/her fees (see www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance). The appointment will be made on educational background, research experience, fluency in spoken and written English, and motivation to take part in and contribute to the research and training programme of the ImageInLife consortium.

Applications, in English, should include a covering letter, CV, detailed academic transcripts and two reference letters, which are all to be submitted through the on-line application system at https://www.imageinlife-application.eu. Additionally, please submit the same application documents by email to Drs Christodoulou (nc480@cam.ac.uk) and Mole (mam238@cam.ac.uk).

ImageInLife strives to recruit between 40-60% female researchers. For more information contact Prof. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz (mz205@cam.ac.uk).

The application deadline is 15 March 2017.

Please quote reference PM11383 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Cell Culture Research Assistant (Smith Lab) (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 07, 2017.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

The Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is an international centre of excellence for stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Scientists in the Institute collaborate to advance our knowledge of various stem cell types and to perform pioneering work in translational research areas, providing the foundation for new medical treatments.

Applications are invited for a Cell Culture Research Assistant to join the research team of Professor Austin Smith. The post is to support projects involving culture and differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells. Experience in mammalian cell culture is essential. Experience in immunostaining and basic molecular biology techniques are desirable, although training can be provided.

You will be responsible for providing and curating stem cells for other members of the laboratory and for performing technical quality control experiments. You must be a careful, methodical and efficient worker, capable of working productively and to a consistent high standard under sterile conditions. You should be self-motivated and able to organise, perform and analyse experiments. Accuracy, careful observation and systematic computer-based record keeping are essential. You will be ready to take responsibility as part of a team. The post may require some weekend work. You will report in person and through electronic data reports to the lab manager.

A graduate degree in science and substantial experience working in a cell culture research laboratory are desirable.

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 Sunday 05 March 2017.

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.

Informal enquiries about the post are also welcome via email on jobs@stemcells.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PS11367 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 Feb 06, 2017.

A position is open for a postdoctoral research associate based at the OpenPlant Laboratory in Cambridge, within the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and directed by Prof. Jim Haseloff.

The appointee will develop a research project based on the development of new synthetic biology tools for engineering traits in the model plant Marchantia polymorpha. Work with Marchantia allows streamlined approaches to genome modification, secondary metabolism and morphogenetic engineering. We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral scientist to work in this area.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate 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.

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, Norwich. The OpenPlant SBRC is focused on the development of open foundational technologies for plant synthetic biology and their application for engineering new traits in crop systems. OpenPlant will (i) fund interdisciplinary efforts in plant Synthetic Biology, to explore novel foundational technologies and applications, build shared resources and provide a point of exchange for young scientists and entrepreneurs; (ii) promote two-tier intellectual property models that will promote sharing of DNA components and freedom-to-operate for commercial applications of plant synthetic biology, and (iii) address responsible innovation, and explore the potential wider impacts of synthetic biology on sustainable practices in agriculture, bioproduction, land use and environmental conservation. (http://www.openplant.org)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 2 September 2019 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 upload your CV and covering letter, ensuring you list at least 2 referees.

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

Please note if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please quote reference PD11358 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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HR Assistant Administrator (Part Time)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 06, 2017.

Applications are invited for a part-time (18.25 hours per week) HR Assistant Administrator in the Department of Zoology.

Zoology is a large Department (c.250 staff including graduate students) located in the city centre. The Department includes an embedded Museum and a remotely-located Sub-Department.

The post-holder will support the HR and Grants Administrator in carrying out key HR processes including recruitment, induction, probation, sickness, maternity leave and others. S/he will maintain the visitors' database and will draft Visitor Agreements.

Applicants should have a good general education; previous HR or general administrative experience in a large or complex organization is desirable. They should have excellent communication skills to help them support a wide diversity of staff, students and visitors. They must be competent in using all standard IT packages including Microsoft Office. The successful candidate will be well organised with good attention to detail in recording data and checking written correspondence. S/he will be self-motivated and able to prioritise their own workload within a very busy timetable.

The post-holder will need to be committed to tact and discretion in dealing with confidential information and documents.

Interviews will take place on 6 March 2017; if you have not heard by this date please assume you have not been shortlisted.

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 quote reference PF11355 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Bioinformatician in Metabolomics (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 03, 2017.

Are you interested how metabolism affects human health? An exciting opportunity to work in the area of Big Data has arisen for the appointment of a Research Assistant / Associate to support the development of advanced computational workflows for the processing of metabolic data. Using state of the art NMR spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry, human and other tissues are processed to obtain complex spectra which, through careful analysis can led to many important medical breakthroughs e.g. novel biomarkers, measures of the effectiveness of drug treatments (precision and stratified medicine) or the discovery of key underlying biological mechanisms.

The project: Metaboflow, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is part of a consortium of leading UK Universities with a deep interest in metabolomics. The expertise this group has developed over many years of research in data collection, analysis and interpretation will be embedded in a series of Galaxy workflows to enable robust, fast and efficient processing of metabolomics data.

This post is based in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge but will work closely with colleagues at the European Bioinformatics Institute, Imperial College London, Manchester University and Birmingham University.

Working as part of a team, the post holder will develop new workflows for processing data obtained from NMR spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry. This involves a number of stages from the instrument to the final data analysis stages. We are particularly interested in processing high throughput lipidomic data and mass spectrometry imaging, and will work closely with colleagues in Manchester.

The candidate should have a BSc in Computational Biology or Computer Sciences or an area with high relevance to software development in the life sciences for appointment as Research Assistant. A PhD in this area is essential for appointment as Research Associate. You must have significant experience in programming (e.g. in languages such as C++, Java) and be conversant with prototyping environments such as Matlab and R. The objective is to work in a number of key areas that are obstacles to progress in the metabolomics area such as the processing of high throughput metabolomics/lipidomics data, and mass spectrometry imaging of tissues for histology.

Good team working skills will be essential as will excellent communication skills and ability to work to deadlines whilst maintaining a high level of accuracy.

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.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Professor Jules Griffin (jlg40@cam.ac.uk).

Any enquires regarding the application process can be directed to Adriana Dote (personnel@bioc.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference PH11352 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Administrator - Student Liaison

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 02, 2017.

Administrator: Student Liaison in the office of the School of the Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge

We are looking to appoint a friendly and well organised full-time administrator to join a small team working in the office of the School of the Biological Sciences in central Cambridge.

This is an exciting opportunity to use your technical and communication skills to support staff who deliver our teaching to around 2,500 students. The role's primary purpose is to be responsible for maintaining and running services provided by the School for the smooth administration of student matters. This includes designing and updating documents, co-ordinating teaching input from the departments and technical responsibility for maintaining websites, timetables and class lists. The role holder also has direct responsibility for administration of aspects of interdepartmental courses.

Our ideal candidate will be able to communicate clearly and effectively both in written work and orally with staff and students throughout the University and be able to work with colleagues in wide range of professional roles. Excellent customer service skills are required and previous experience in a customer focused office environment is desirable. You will be educated to at least A-level standard, and will be highly competent in standard software packages, ideally with web-authoring experience, as well as being enthusiastic about learning how to use a range of non-standard software. You will need to be able to prioritise your own workload and be able to work effectively on your own as well as within a small group.

For full details of the post please see the Further Particulars.

Closing date for applications is Monday, 20 February. We hope to hold interviews for the post during week commencing 27 February 2017.

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.

Informal enquiries about the post can be addressed to Dr Chad Pillinger (cp316@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PA11339 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate in Structural Biology (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 01, 2017.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral vacancy in structural and molecular biology to join a multi-disciplinary team studying the replication and gene expression strategies of RNA viruses.

The project will study translational control in RNA viruses, focusing on the structural basis of protein trans-activated programmed ribosomal frameshifting. The position will be based in the laboratory of Dr Ian Brierley at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Candidates should have or be close to completing a PhD (or equivalent qualification) and have a track record of success in structural and molecular biology. Relevant experience in protein expression and purification, macromolecular crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy and biophysical techniques (isothermal titration calorimetry, fluorescence polarisation and/or surface plasmon resonance) would be advantageous. The successful candidate will investigate the structure and activity of recently described viral and cellular factors that modulate ribosomal decoding.

Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, he/she will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of his/her PhD). The higher Research Associate salary should be backdated to the submission date of their thesis or start date whichever is the later.

The ability to work both independently as well as part of a team, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills are required. The general 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, as outlined in the Further Information Documents.

The closing date for applications is 5th March 2017. The position is available immediately.

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.

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.

Direct enquiries may be addressed to Dr Ian Brierley (ib103@cam.ac.uk). General enquiries regarding this position should be directed to Irene Piper, jobs@path.cam.ac.uk or 01223 333940 .

Please quote reference PK11322 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate: Notch regulatory interactions in development (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 01, 2017.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate post in Professor Sarah Bray's research group. You will work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team investigating Notch regulatory networks in development and their relevance to disease. The project will investigate critical features of ligand structures and we are looking to recruit a highly motivated scientist with strong investigative skills. You should have a PhD (or about to be awarded your PhD) in a relevant field with extensive molecular biology experience in particular, for generating the constructs for genome editing, and an interest in analysing the in vivo consequences using Drosophila. The project builds on structural data and will involve Drosophila genetics and the use of advanced imaging.

Further information about research in the Bray group can be found at: http://www.pdn.cam.ac.uk/staff/bray_s/index.shtml. For informal enquiries, please email Prof Bray at: sjb32@cam.ac.uk.

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 PM11331 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 30, 2017.

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant on a project studying neural stem cells in Drosophila under the direction of Professor Andrea Brand at the Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge. The successful applicant will become an integral member of the team and will support the general running of the group as well as participating in established and new projects. The post is suited to a collaborative team-player who takes a meticulous approach to laboratory research and who can work on their own initiative.

We are looking for a highly motivated and well-organised individual with a background in biological/biochemical studies and a long-term interest in research. The person appointed will have a BA/BSc or equivalent in Biochemistry or a relevant Biological Science. Previous laboratory experience working with Drosophila, molecular and cell biology, micro-dissection and microscopy would be an advantage.

Duties will include molecular cloning, immunohistochemistry, imaging, generating transgenic lines by microinjection and assisting lab members with their projects. Laboratory management tasks include maintaining Drosophila stocks and databases, ordering reagents, managing material transfer agreements, sending out reagents to the Drosophila community and liaising with the Institute's Administrative Team.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance. Part-time applications will be considered.

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.

Applications should include a CV and a covering letter. The closing date for applications is 28 February 2017. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact jobs@gurdon.cam.ac.uk. Please quote reference PR11279 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Post-doctoral Research Associate in Development and Stem Cell Biology (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 26, 2017.

We are looking for a talented, passionate and creative post-doctoral researcher to investigate mechanisms of morphogenesis in the mouse embryo. The lab applies high-resolution time-lapse imaging and quantitative analysis of embryo development, in concert with a variety of techniques for uncovering and modulating gene expression.

Recently the lab developed a unique method for culturing mouse and human embryos that recapitulates the main events occurring during and after implantation (Bedzhov and Zernicka-Goetz, Cell 2014 Shahbazi et al, Nature Cell Biology, 2016). This method allows us to study morphogenesis and the interactions between distinct stem cell populations as the embryo is built.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in developmental, cellular or molecular biology or biophysics. The following skills are very important: Either advanced live embryo microscopy and image analysis or model building and computational biology.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance with a possibility to extend.

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

Enquiries regarding this post can be made to Prof Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz (mz205@cam.ac.uk).

The closing date for applications is midnight on 1 March 2017.

Please quote reference PM11275 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 24, 2017.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to work with Dr Anna Git at the Department of Biochemistry. The project, funded by Breast Cancer Now, aims to investigate the role of the estrogen receptor in the regulation of the non-coding transcriptome in breast cancer. Dr Git is part of the RNA Labs, a group of research labs investigating various aspects of eukaryotic RNA biology.

Applicants must have a PhD in the biological, biochemical, bioinformatic or biomedical sciences. Candidates with research experience in estrogen receptor biology or in execution/analysis of genome-wide chromatin immunoprecipitation and RNA sequencing are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications should include a CV, a publication list, details of 3 academic referees and a brief statement outlining key areas of expertise and interest in the topic.

Fixed-term: Funding is available for 2 years in the first instance, with a possible extension of another year. Enquiries from part-time or job-sharing candidates are welcome.

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.

Informal enquiries can be sent to Dr Anna Git (ag229@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference PH11241 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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PhD Studentship/Marie Sklodowska-Curie ESR Fellow (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 23, 2017.

We invite applications for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (MSC-ESR) Fellowship to start in or after April 2017 to work with Professor Beverley Glover exploring how plants control the patterning of the folds in their surface cuticle to generate functional optical and tactile effects. The project will form part of an EC Marie Sklodowska Curie Training Network (PlaMatSu) that brings together plant biologists, polymer chemists and soft matter physicists in academia and industry from across Europe to explore the use of plant materials in order to develop novel bio-inspired materials and surfaces.

The holder of this Fellowship will work within Professor Beverley Glover's research group in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. They will use a combination of molecular, transgenic and transcriptomic approaches to explore how Hibiscus trionum, a plant species with regular striations of the petal cuticle that generate a visible structural colour effect, achieves developmental control of cuticle patterning. The Fellow will use transgenic approaches to test a mechanical model of cuticle patterning and explore the transcriptome of petal tissue with striated cuticle in comparison to petal tissue with smooth cuticle.

This will be an interdisciplinary project, and will include opportunities for secondments with European partners. Specifically, the Fellow will spend some time in partner labs in both Germany and Switzerland, learning a variety of techniques that could include modelling of cuticle behaviour, analysis of the effect of different cuticle patterns on insect grip, and optical characterisation of petal surfaces. There will also be the opportunity to engage in a number of workshops and meetings with the other project partners, to develop a wide set of research-focused and transferable skills. Further information about the PlaMatSu network can be found at www.plamatsu.eu; further information on the work of the Glover group can be found at http://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/research/beverleyglover

Applicants must satisfy the EC's eligibility requirements for MSC-ESR Fellowships, and must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the last three years. They should have (or expect to obtain) at least the equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in plant sciences, developmental biology or evolutionary biology. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in plant developmental biology, and should be familiar with the basic patterning mechanisms of plants.

The Fellowship is offered in conjunction with a PhD position at the University of Cambridge, and will be subject to the Fellow satisfying the University's admissions requirements for PhD study. The Fellowship will provide a salary that includes a living allowance of around €40,000 p.a. plus a mobility allowance of around €6,425 p.a.

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

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for at least two academic referees, and should be sent by email to the PlaMatSu administration office (plamatsu@unifr.ch), quoting "PlaMatSu-Cambridge" in the subject line. The closing date for this position is 28 February 2017.

For informal queries regarding this post, please contact Professor Beverley Glover (bjg26@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference PD10237 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate: Computational analyses of influenza virus evolution (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 23, 2017.

We invite applications for postdoctoral Research Associate position to join the Centre for Pathogen Evolution in the Department of Zoology, located in Central Cambridge. The appointment will be for a period of up to two years starting as soon as possible.

The research focus is to design and develop analytical, computational, and mathematical methods to understand the fundamental processes that govern the evolution of influenza viruses. The aim is to translate this understanding into the prediction of possible future antigenic variants to guide currently funded phase II clinical trials of next generation influenza vaccines. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and involves substantial global collaboration with experimental virologists, immunologists and clinicians to quantify the selection pressures on influenza viruses to better understand their evolutionary dynamics, and to inform control strategies.

The project position, which is funded by US government funding agency NIH is to start on 1 March 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience for the Role

  • PhD in an appropriate area completed or completion imminent
  • Excellent analytic, design, and scientific skills
  • Ambition, drive, strong work ethic, and good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to organise time and work effectively, independently and responsibly in a research team setting
  • Enthusiasm to interact with colleagues in a multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment
  • The ability to engage in continuing professional development and to keep relevant specialist knowledge up to date.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The responsibility of this position is to contribute to analysis and scientific understanding of pathogen evolution as a member of Professor Derek Smith's research group within the Department of Zoology.
  • The post holder will be expected to participate in the dissemination of research through publications and oral presentations both within the department and at conferences.
  • The post holder may also be expected to advise, train, and co-supervise PhD students and other junior or visiting postdoctoral researchers within the group, and to periodically write reports for funding bodies and other supporting institutions.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 24 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 PF11234 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate: Computational analyses of influenza virus evolution (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 23, 2017.

We invite applications for postdoctoral Research Associate position to join the Centre for Pathogen Evolution in the Department of Zoology, located in Central Cambridge. The appointment will be for a period of up to two years starting as soon as possible.

The research focus is to design and develop analytical, computational, and mathematical methods to understand the fundamental processes that govern the evolution of influenza viruses. The aim is to translate this understanding into the prediction of possible future antigenic variants to guide currently funded phase II clinical trials of next generation influenza vaccines.

Our research is highly interdisciplinary and involves substantial global collaboration with experimental virologists, immunologists and clinicians to quantify the selection pressures on influenza viruses to better understand their evolutionary dynamics, and to inform control strategies.

The project position, which is funded by US government funding agency BARDA is to start 1 March 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience for the Role

  • PhD in an appropriate area completed or completion imminent
  • Excellent analytic, design, and scientific skills
  • Ambition, drive, strong work ethic, and good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to organise time and work effectively, independently and responsibly in a research team setting
  • Enthusiasm to interact with colleagues in a multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment
  • The ability to engage in continuing professional development and to keep relevant specialist knowledge up to date.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The responsibility of this position is to contribute to analysis and scientific understanding of pathogen evolution as a member of Professor Derek Smith's research group within the Department of Zoology.
  • The post holder will be expected to participate in the dissemination of research through publications and oral presentations both within the department and at conferences.
  • The post holder may also be expected to advise, train, and co-supervise PhD students and other junior or visiting postdoctoral researchers within the group, and to periodically write reports for funding bodies and other supporting institutions.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 24 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 PF11236 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 23, 2017.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 January 2020 in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to explore experimentally the earliest steps of pre-neoplastic transformation in the epithelial tissues.

The position, which is supported by a Multidisciplinary Project Award from the CRUK, will be hosted in the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (CSCI) and is associated with the research groups of Prof. Benjamin Simons (Physics/CSCI) and Dr. Bon-Kyoung Koo (Genetics/CSCI).

This joint project aims at investigating the impact of tumorigenic mutations in the clone evolution from pre-neoplasia to invasive carcinoma, with an emphasis of the gastrointestinal tract. In order to advance our understanding in this field, we have developed novel variants of the Rosa-Confetti 4-colour reporter allele. These variants harbour different oncogenes, site-specific recombinase or Cas9 endonuclease coupled to a red fluorescent protein of the Rosa-Confetti lineage tracing system. Drawing upon developments in mathematical modelling, advanced imaging and image-analysis, we will define the clonal dynamics of tumorigenic mutation-containing clones as well as the response of surrounding normal clones in different adult tissues under different conditions: homeostasis, regeneration and/or inflammation. At the same time, we will perform Cas9-assisted in vivo genetic screening coupled with statistical analysis and imaging processing to determine genes associated with pre-neoplastic field cancerisation.

The successful applicant will lead the biological analysis of established lineage tracing models with confocal or multiphoton imaging analysis of near naïve epithelial tissues under the joint supervision of Dr Bon-Kyoung Koo and Prof Benjamin Simons. Quantitative biophysical analysis will be supported by the group of Prof Benjamin Simons.

Homepage: http://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/researchers/principal-investigators/bon-kyoung-koo

http://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/researchers/principal-investigators/pressor-ben-simons

Requirement:

Final year PhD student or PhD in relevant field.

Strong background in molecular biology and mouse genetics.

Knowledge in molecular cloning, lineage tracing, confocal imaging and image processing/analysis.

Experience in epithelial biology with murine genetic models.

Experience in mouse ESC culture, mouse line generation and mouse work.

Experience in tissue clearing, fluorescence imaging, fluorescence activated cell analysis and cell sorting.

A proven capacity to design, execute and correctly interpret your own experiments.

Good verbal and written communication skills in English.

Highly independent, motivated, ambitious, and collaborative person.

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 Friday 24 February 2017.

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.

Informal enquiries are also welcome via email: jobs@stemcells.cam.ac.uk.

Interviews will be held in March 2017. If you have not been invited for interview by 31 March 2017, you have not been successful on this occasion.

Please quote reference PS11207 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 Jan 20, 2017.

Postdoc in Functional Proteomics (computational), University of Cambridge & The Francis Crick Institute

We aim to create the first genome-spanning proteomic map of a eukaryotic cell. This exciting project is a joint effort shared between Kathryn Lilley's lab at the Cambridge Centre for Proteomics (Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge), Markus Ralser's lab at the Francis Crick Institute (London), and the mass spectrometry manufacturer AB Sciex Ltd (Toronto, Ca).

We seek for a motivated post-doc (Research associate at the postdoctoral level) to join our computational proteomics team, to take over the computational ('big data') and theoretical as well as analysis aspects of this project.

In this collaborative academia-industry project, will systematically create proteomic profiles upon systematic deletion of all non-essential yeast genes, by using and improving existing mass-spectrometry based technology in the Lilley and Ralser labs. The jobholder will then use methods of statistical data analysis, machine learning and artificial intelligence, to learn about the function of the many so far uncharacteristic genes from their proteomic signature. The project follows a similar strategy as published in Muelleder et al, Cell, 2016 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2016.09.007 ) and expands it by high-throughput proteomic technology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/073478 with an emphasis on the use of new computational methods.

The ideal candidate will have experience in proteomics, or analytical or molecular biosciences, and confident in the application of computational clustering and machine learning tools, or possesses a background in computational biology, the mathematical or physical sciences, and has had regular contact with quantitative biology. Candidates must have (or is about to submit) a PhD or the equivalent in a relevant science.

Training will be provided to bring the candidate up to speed with the mass spectrometric technologies that will be used as part of the project and the biological system under investigation. This project enables the postdoc to obtain a high level of independence and to establish a strong track record, and hence is intended to support a scientific career progression in academia or industry.

http://proteomics.bio.cam.ac.uk/

http://ralser.sysbiol.cam.ac.uk/

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.

Informal enquiries can be sent to Markus Ralser (mr559@cam.ac.uk) or Kathryn Lilley (k.s.lilley@bioc.cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PH10174 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term) - Effector-induced reprogramming of plant development

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 20, 2017.

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Sebastian Schornack at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University, to study effector-induced reprogramming of plant development processes. Current research is showing that the expression of single effector proteins can significantly alter flower and leaf development processes in a plant genotype specific manner. The successful candidate will use genetic variation, forward and reverse genetics, to identify plant genes contributing to this process.

The main model organisms will be Arabidopsis thaliana and Nicotiana benthamiana. The candidate will be provided with horticultural/technician support and will be able to collaborate with other Research Associates studying effectors in pathogenic and symbiotic plant microbe interactions.

Candidates must have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in Plant Development, Plant Biochemistry, Plant Genetics, or related field. Knowledge of plant development and modular cloning strategies, specifically GoldenGate cloning and Gateway cloning, are essential. Candidates must also have good microbiological practice including sterile handling of plants, agrobacterium-mediated Arabidopsis plant transformation and advanced knowledge of Arabidopsis plant growth, crossing, genotyping and genetic mapping. Proficiency in sequence analysis, general biological databases and qPCR analysis are also essential.

Previous experience in plant developmental research and in the analysis of short read (Illumina) sequencing data for mapping or RNAseq are desirable. Also desirable is previous experience with confocal fluorescence microscopy and genome editing approaches.

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).

The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory, further information for the role and details of what the University offers to employees, can be found at http://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/.

The post is available immediately.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1.5 years in the first instance.

Scientific enquiries apart from the formal application should be directed to Dr Sebastian Schornack: sebastian.schornack@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 including a list of methods which were successfully applied and a list of publications, a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position and contact information of three referees.

Please quote reference PT11224 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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BBSRC funded 4-year Studentship (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 12, 2017.

We are pleased to advertise a 4-year BBSRC co-funded PhD Studentship to conduct research in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience available from October 2017. The G. H. Lewes Studentship will be awarded on a competitive basis and applicants will be expected to demonstrate a strong academic background and an aptitude for research. You will join the BBSRC Doctoral Training Program (DTP) which includes training in Statistics, Computational and Systems Biology, and Research Skills, and two rotation projects in the first year, one in the PhD laboratory and a second in another laboratory providing a complementary research experience (all the DTP rotation projects will be available for the student to choose from). In addition, you will undertake a 12-week professional internship during the PhD.

See: www.pdn.cam.ac.uk/graduate/bbsrc-funded-studentship

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Step 1: Contact supervisor(s) Make contact with the supervisor(s) by email to find out more information about projects. A list of supervisors and available projects is on www.pdn.cam.ac.uk/graduate/bbsrc-projects. 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 nominate you for the competition, he/she will ask you to apply formally to the University using the online application form (Applicant Portal) http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applicant-portal. 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 the Research section of the form. You will also be required to submit a research proposal (1-2 pages of A4).

Project related questions may be addressed directly to the supervisor. Requests for general information or enquiries about procedures including advice if you have already submitted an application to our Department should be directed to Ms Aileen Briggs, Graduate Administrator (gradinfo@pdn.cam.ac.uk).

FUNDING

UK and EEA students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full (fees + maintenance) studentship at the BBRSC rate. Students from EEA countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. For more information on eligibility see: http://bbsrcdtp.lifesci.cam.ac.uk/prospective/funding

Deadline for online applications is Monday 20 February 2017, with ALL supporting documentation to be submitted by Wednesday 1 March 2017 at the latest. Interview dates to be confirmed.

Each Application made using the Applicant Portal will cost you £50 (if you cannot apply online, you may apply on paper, but the fee is £100).

Please quote reference PM11154 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Herchel Smith Professor of Biochemistry

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 11, 2017.

The Board of Electors to the Herchel Smith Professorship of Biochemistry invite applications from outstanding established investigators for this Professorship. The Herchel Smith Professorship of Biochemistry is one of two established and fully endowed Professorships within the Biochemistry department and is funded by a generous bequest from the eponymous Anglo-American Organic Chemist.

Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in their field. They will demonstrate the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths and developing a leading research presence within Biological Sciences, across the University and through broader collaboration. A PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification is essential.

Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision and administration. The Professor will be based in Cambridge.

The appointment comes with a substantial endowment and a start-up package to be negotiated, together with a competitive salary. The appointment will be from 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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 is available at: http://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/professorships or contact Human Resources, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TT, (email: ibise@admin.cam.ac.uk).

Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a list of publications, along with details of three referees should be made online no later than 13 March 2017.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Gerard Evan, Head of the Department of Biochemistry; tel: +44 1223 766017, email: gie20@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PH11136 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 02, 2016.

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.

For any enquiries relating to this position, please contact admin@botanic.cam.ac.uk Interviews expected week commencing 10 April 2017

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