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PhD Studentship

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

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

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

Project outline:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public Engagement Officer (Fixed Term)

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

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

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

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

The central role of the Public Engagement Officer (PEO) is to foster a community of scientists who recognise the importance of dialogue with the public and who have the skills and opportunities to undertake public engagement activities. The PEO will build networks with local schools, arts groups and businesses to develop activities/events with/for them. The PEO will liaise with other Public Engagement officers in the University, Wellcome Trust Centres and Medical Research Council Institutes/Units and will participate in international networks via EuroStemCell, ISSCR and other trans-national initiatives.

We are seeking a dynamic, innovative and self-motivated individual who will bring expertise and leadership for the Institute's outreach activities. Experience of working in the HE or research sector would be an advantage. Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a scientific discipline, you will be responsible for growing a community of researchers who are enthusiastic about dialogue with the public and who have the skills and confidence to deliver stimulating interactive events.

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

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

The post will report to the Institute Director. You will have a degree (or equivalent).

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

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

The closing date for all applications is the Sunday 16th November 2014.

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: jrw46@cam.ac.uk.

Interviews will be held Wednesday 26th November 2014. If you have not been invited for interview by 21st November 2014, you have not been successful on this occasion.

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

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

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

Chief Research Technician

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Oct 22, 2014.

Applications are invited for a full-time Chief Research Laboratory Technician in the laboratory of Professor Steve Jackson (http://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/~jacksonlab). The successful candidate's main duties will be to provide highly skilled technical assistance and laboratory management to ensure the smooth running of a highly active and productive satellite group based at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. This will also include carrying out long-term research studies under the supervision of a senior post-doctoral fellow, which require highly skilled technical knowledge and competence, as part of a large research group working on the structure and function analysis of DNA repair. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for the maintenance of laboratory databases and equipment, purchasing and budgeting of laboratory funds and ensuring good health and safety operations within the laboratory. The candidate will also be responsible for the supervision and training of junior technical staff, PhD and undergraduate students. The candidate will be part of Professor Jackson's satellite group based at the Sanger Institute but will also be required to spend several days a week in Professor Jackson's main lab at the internationally renowned Gurdon Institute. Applicants will have excellent interpersonal skills and be qualified to degree level or equivalent with extensive experience in molecular biology, protein biochemistry and mammalian cell culture and a high level of IT literacy. In addition, while the post does not involve any animal handling, a background in mouse colony management is required. Experience of working with both yeast and mammalian cells is highly desirable.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2017 in the first instance.

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

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

Please quote reference PR04537 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working, funds for returning carers and other family-friendly schemes.

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

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

The position is to work as a post doctoral research associate in the laboratory of Professor Alex Webb in central Cambridge investigating the nature of the circadian clock in plants. The goal will be to understand how alterations to the circadian network cause changes in the functioning of the circadian clock . This will be achieved through a mixture of experimental and mathematical analyses of time series data from promoter luciferase fusions and measurements of changes in transcript abundance using RNAseq. The emphasis on particular aspects of the project will depend on the previous training of the candidate. Whether the focus is experimental or on the theoretical side, the PDRA will be expected to be able to design, carry out and interpret experiments or theoretical approaches independently and in consultation with other members of the team

We are seeking applicants with a PhD in plant biology or mathematical biology. Candidates with skills in both areas are encouraged to apply. The applicant should have experience of Arabidopsis molecular genetics, including RNA analysis, making transgenic lines and handling transgenic Arabidopsis plants. Experience of analysis of Arabidopsis mutants is essential. The ability to work as part of a research team is essential

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance. The applicant should be in post by April 2015 at the latest.

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

Please upload a covering letter and CV. For further information contact Prof Alex Webb (aarw2@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PD04488 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

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

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on a Wellcome Trust funded project in Prof Anne Ferguson Smith's laboratory, studying the mechanism by which in utero undernutrition leads to metabolic disease in offspring and to explore possible therapeutic strategies (Radford et al., Science 2014).

The work will suit a researcher with a PhD in mammalian genetics or epigenetics. You should have experience of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance in mammals, and experience in molecular genetics and working with animal models is essential. Experience in bioinformatics is preferred but not essential since training can be provided.

The position will be based in the Department of Genetics on the Downing Site in central Cambridge.

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

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

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

Please upload a covering letter, summarising your interest in and suitability for the role, including a brief statement of research interests, qualifications and experience, together with a full CV.

Please quote reference PC04482 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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

Senior Accounts Manager[Temporary Cover]

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

We are looking to appoint a Senior Accounts Manager to provide a complete financial accounting service to the Department whilst the current post-holder is on secondment.

Providing support to the Departmental Administrator, Head of Department and senior staff, you will be responsible for all aspects of the operational management of the departmental accounts, including research grants and Trust Funds, with particular responsibility for accounts receivable, accounts payable and general ledger, research grants management and purchasing.

You should be educated to at least A-Level standard and have or be training for a recognised accountancy qualification. You should also have excellent knowledge of University financial procedures and the University Financial System and ideally a good understanding of Full Economic Costing. Experience of preparing research grant applications is essential and an understanding of the requirements of funding bodies would be an advantage. Some supervisory experience would be preferred as you will be responsible for the management of our part-time accounts clerk.

We would welcome applications from people looking for a secondment opportunity.

Fixed-term: 31 December 2015.

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

Please quote reference PC04471 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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

Systems Administrator (Fixed Term)

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

Applications are invited for the position of Systems Administrator in the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre. The successful applicant will be based in the Tennis Court Road building housing the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre (CSBC) and Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (CSCI). CSBC has particular strengths in bioinformatics and computer/mathematical modelling as well as hosting and developing several large open-source scientific data warehouse websites. The Centre's core infrastructure runs on Debian Linux and consists of approximately 65+ servers and a mixture of RAID storage.

The successful applicant will join a small team consisting of the CSCI/CSBC Computer Officer and CSCI/CSBC IT Technician as well as working closely with the Department of Genetics Computer Officer. The role holder will provide Systems Administration support for the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre. Approximately one day per week will be allocated to providing some cover for computing systems in the CSCI and Department of Genetics.

The post requires a strong Linux server skill set and experience of providing services in a mixed desktop environment. A good understanding of modern server hardware, storage, and shell scripting is essential. Experience of managing large Postgres databases and programming in Python or Perl would be an advantage. The post holder will need good interpersonal skills to interact with a broad spectrum of users, and with other Computer Officers (COs). The successful candidate will manage and assist with the development of IT services for core Centre activities as part of a team as well as leading their own projects. A flexible approach to work is essential with a strong focus on problem solving.

Applicants should have a degree in Computer Science or other equivalent qualification with proven ability in using Linux computer systems. Other aspects of the job involve configuring, testing, and installing new hardware; assisting with management of the Centre's networked telephone system, writing user guides and maintaining and fixing the Centre's computing facilities.

Informal enquires to Prof Steve Russell (s.russell@gen.cam.ac.uk) or Mr Paul Sumption (ps459@cam.ac.uk).

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

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

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

Please upload a covering letter, summarising your interest in and suitability for the role, including a brief statement of any research interests, qualifications and experience, together with a full CV.

Please quote reference PC04477 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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

Communications Co-ordinator

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

We are looking for a Communications Co-ordinator to take editorial control of the Department's communication activities. You will formulate, implement and drive plans to improve information flow within, and radiating from, the Department. Duties will include:

Monitoring, developing and contributing to all forms of information flow, for example: departmental website, email, newsletter, Facebook and Twitter;

Acting as outreach officer for the Department to promulgate information of interest in research and teaching;

Acting as a conduit for staff suggestions and issues and report on progress;

Managing the Departmental Library.

We are seeking someone with an eye for detail who is up to date with contemporary communications as well as having an appreciation of the importance of biological research. Most of all, we need a Communications Co-ordinator who is full of ideas as to how we can best disseminate information within the department and to the outside world.

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 form as fully as possible. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

Please quote reference PM04405 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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

Research Technician

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

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Technician in the laboratory of Professor Steve Jackson (http://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/~jacksonlab). The successful candidate will carry out cell and molecular biology project work under the supervision of a postdoctoral researcher, prepare reagents and maintain lab stocks, and assist in the day-to-day running and organisation of the laboratory. The main lab is based in the internationally renowned Gurdon Institute in the centre of Cambridge and the Sanger Institute, Hinxton. The candidate will be part of a satellite lab based at the Sanger Institute. Applicants should have an HNC in Biological Sciences or equivalent, and preferably should have experience with mammalian cell culture, protein biochemistry and/or molecular biology.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2016 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 quote reference PR04439 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working, funds for returning carers and other family-friendly schemes.

Research Associate (Part Time, Fixed Term)

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

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher, working part-time (0.5 FTE) to curate neuroanatomical expression data from the published literature. You will be based in the Virtual Fly Brain (VFB) group in the Department of Genetics, in central Cambridge, working as part of a team that is supervised by Dr Cahir O'Kane in the Department of Genetics, and colleagues in the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, the European Bioinformatics Institute near Cambridge, and the University of Edinburgh (See www.virtualflybrain.org for further details).

In this role, you will be responsible for reviewing all peer-reviewed literature that relates to the Drosophila nervous system as it is published. Initially, your specific remit will be to capture information about the expression of transgenes (such as GAL4 enhancer traps or other molecular tools) in identified neurons and brain regions. These data will be integrated into existing Drosophila databases such as FlyBase and Virtual Fly Brain. In due course your role may expand to other aspects of the curation process such as adding newly identified neurons to the Drosophila anatomy ontology, curating images, and large datasets associated with published papers.

You will interact day to day with expert scientist-curators in the Virtual Fly Brain and FlyBase teams who will provide appropriate training. You will also work with other VFB team members primarily involved in the development of the virtualflybrain.org website to ensure the visibility of generated data. You may also seek input from authors or other expert scientists outside the group.

You should have a PhD in a biological science or related subject, and experience in Drosophila genetics and/or neurobiology, particularly with some neuroanatomical expertise, and ideally with an interest in learning scripting, ontology development and other bioinformatics skills. Experience with UNIX and Perl would be beneficial but not essential. Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2017 in the first instance.

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

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

Please upload a covering letter, summarising your interest in and suitability for the role, including a brief statement of research interests, qualifications and experience, together with a full CV.

Please quote reference PC03913 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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

Graduate Studentship (Fixed Term)

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

The Centre for Trophoblast Research aims to promote the study of placental biology, with special reference to the trophoblast. It is offering up to 2 PhD studentships to commence in October 2015. These may be held in any relevant department within the University or its affiliated institutes.

These studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis and applicants will be expected to demonstrate both a strong academic background and an aptitude and enthusiasm for research.

Please see our website for details of PhD projects on offer. Applicants are encouraged to discuss projects or any other ideas with the relevant Principal Investigators in the first instance.

http://www.trophoblast.cam.ac.uk/info/projects.shtml

Details of our application procedure can be found at the following link:

http://www.trophoblast.cam.ac.uk/info/studentships.shtml

The studentships are funded at Wellcome Trust rates for three years of full-time research, and are open to UK, EU and overseas students.

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

Applications are to be received by Wednesday 3rd December, 2014.

Interviews will be held mid-January, 2015

Please quote reference PM04442 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications are to be received by Sunday 4 January 2015

Interviews will be held mid/late January 2015

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

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

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

Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

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

We have a vacancy for a Research Assistant to work in the Butterfly Genetics Group. This position will be based in the Department of Zoology at Cambridge, with Professor Chris Jiggins.

The successful person will assist with curation of a research database for the study of Heliconius butterflies. This will involve checking taxonomic and geographic records and correcting errors in existing data. In addition, the postholder will be photographing specimens collected from a hybrid zone in Ecuador for uploading to the database.

The successful person will join an active and multi-disciplinary research team.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 3 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 PF04432 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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

Facilities Planner (Fixed Term)

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

The Sainsbury Laboratory is a research Institute located within the University Botanic Gardens which focuses on plant developmental biology and computational modelling of plant development. When full, the Institute will have some 120 researchers and around 30 support staff.

Applications are invited for the position of Facilities Planner to be part of a small Building Support Team working under the direction of the building's Facilities Manager, responsible for the day to day maintenance of the institute. The role holder will act as the main point of contact for reporting of faults and other requests for work directed to the team. It will be their responsibility to deal with these requests in the most effective way and report back to the requester on progress.

The position holder's main area of responsibility will be the development, implementation and continuing operation of a planned preventative maintenance (PPM) system and the scheduling of planned and reactive maintenance work which will be completed by in house and contracted labour. Additional responsibilities include Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), ensuring all records, drawings, manuals and other forms of documentation are kept up to date and the maintenance of the asset register database.

This is a varied role which will require a high degree of planning and organising along with excellent communication skills. It is expected that the successful role holder will possess previous experience in a similar role and a maintenance background which will enable them to assess the PPM requirements of the plant and equipment effectively. A flexible approach to work is required as this will be essential when carrying out a wide range of duties, including providing support and assistance to other members of the Facilities Team.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please quote reference PT04436 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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

Business and Operations Manager

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

The Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading centre of excellence in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, supported by a strategic funding partnership between the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council (www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk). Our vision is of a deep understanding of stem cell biology for the prevention and treatment of human disease. The Institute currently comprises over 200 researchers spanning from fundamental science through to clinical applications. The growing Institute will relocate to a new building at the Biomedical Research Campus at Addenbrookes Site in 2018, and the successful applicant will play a key role in delivering this change.

The role sits at the heart of the Institute, ensuring that the administration is effective, efficient and supports academic excellence. The post reports directly to the Institute Director, working closely with him and the Institute Principal Investigators to implement the Institute's strategic objectives. The successful applicant will be adept at committee management, developing management systems and delivering change initiatives. You will have the confidence and gravitas to influence at every level and be able to persuade and influence a wide range of people.

The successful applicant will have significant experience leading administration and managing finances in a complex and demanding environment. Previous experience within higher education would also be advantageous. The role enables delivery of a broad range of administrative services including HR processes, assistance with funding applications and reporting to a variety of bodies.

The role requires a flexible and pro-active approach combined with strong organisation and people management skills. You will have considerable experience with financial management and in identifying and obtaining additional funding. You will be a team leader and a self-starter, able to work independently and with minimal supervision.

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

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

The closing date for all applications is the Thursday 6th November 2014.

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: cscrjobs@cscr.cam.ac.uk.

Interviews will be held the afternoon of Monday 17th November 2014. If you have not been invited for interview by 13th November 2014, you have not been successful on this occasion.

Please quote reference PS04037 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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

Coordinator

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

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

The Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading centre of excellence in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, supported by a strategic funding partnership between the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council (www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk). The Institute comprises over 300 researchers spanning fundamental science through to clinical applications. Our vision is of a deep understanding of stem cell biology for the prevention and treatment of human disease.

We are seeking a dynamic, innovative and self-motivated individual with the skills and experience to enhance the performance and profile of the Stem Cell Institute. The Coordinator will assist the Director and the Institute Steering Committee to optimise communication and connectivity within the Institute and to achieve greater identity and visibility.

The role holder will be responsible for organising and facilitating communication, networking and information exchange within the Stem Cell Institute, which is currently spread across several sites in Cambridge. Therefore the role holder must demonstrate a proven track record in relationship building, report writing, event organisation and data management. The Coordination Officer will also assist in preparing the Institute's annual reports and securing renewed funding for the Institute, and will be secretary to the Institute Steering Committee.

The Coordination Officer will put in place a strategy to enhance the profile of the Institute with the research community, sponsors, policy makers and the media. They will work closely with the Institute's Public Engagement Officer to ensure that there is effective and professional communication with both our internal and external stakeholders.

You will have outstanding organisational and administrative experience and be comfortable working to tight deadlines with minimal supervision. You should have demonstrable experience in web-based/social media communication and you should have excellent written and verbal communication and negotiation skills. You will be IT literate and able to work both on your own and as part of a team.

The post will report to the Institute Director. You will have a degree (or equivalent). Experience of working in the HE or research sector in a senior administrative role would be an advantage.

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

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

The closing date for all applications is the Sunday 9th November 2014.

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: jrw46@cam.ac.uk.

Interviews will be held the morning of Tuesday 18th November 2014. If you have not been invited for interview by 14th November 2014, you have not been successful on this occasion.

Please quote reference PS03564 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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

Cambridge-Africa Programme Manager (Fixed Term)

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

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to provide managerial and organisational support for the University-wide Cambridge-Africa Programme, which links the University of Cambridge to African universities and research institutes. The Cambridge-Africa Programme consists of several coordinated initiatives (THRiVE, CAPREx, MUII, Isaac Newton Africa Fellowship Fund, the Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund, and the Wellcome Trust-Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research, WT-CCGHR) which enable collaboration and research capacity-building across a wide range of research disciplines. The role-holder will work with key academics to develop the vision and strategy for the Africa Programme, and establish its communications and branding. They will work with academic departments across the University, and various central University Offices, as well as representing the Cambridge-Africa Programme externally, to implement the goals of the Programme. The Cambridge-Africa Programme Manager will support the Director of the Cambridge-Africa Programme, and the Cambridge-Africa Advisory and Steering Groups, through:

  • conveying an overview of the programme and strategic possibilities for further development to the Director of the Cambridge-Africa Programme, the Director of WT-CCGHR, the University's International Strategy Office and the Development and Alumni Relations Office;

  • helping to coordinate strategic partnerships between the University of Cambridge and universities and research institutions in Africa;

  • monitoring and implementing the agreed strategies;

  • building and maintaining relationships with national and international funders who have an interest in Africa-related projects;

  • identifying funding opportunities;

  • assisting with the development of bids to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Programme.

  • developing a communication strategy to raise the profile of the Cambridge-Africa Programme both internally and externally.

In addition, the role holder will manage the Coordinators of the various initiatives within this umbrella Programme (currently THRiVE, MUII, CAPREx and the WT-CCGHR). The successful applicant must have an honours degree or equivalent. A PhD and post-doctoral experience or equivalent research experience/qualification would be desirable. They will be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent planning and organisational skills.

  • Strong project management and administrative skills, and experience of budgetary and financial management.

  • Ability to work independently, organise and deliver multiple priorities within tight deadlines.

  • Excellent leadership and management skills: to induct, coach and effectively supervise the work of others.

  • Ability to prioritise own workload and the work of others under your supervision.

  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge's strategic plans and international research activities - particularly in relation to Africa, and the ability to identify Africa-related research developments that affect the University.

  • Knowledge of research sponsors, including requirements for obtaining funding

  • Excellent IT skills, ideally including website development, preparing PowerPoint presentations, writing reports and developing databases.

  • Excellent communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills

  • A proven ability to build effective relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders, at all levels.

For more details of the knowledge, skills and experience required, please see the further particulars for the post.

Interviews will take place on 24th November 2014.

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.

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

Please quote reference PK04422 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Broodbank Fellowship (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Oct 06, 2014.

The Managers of the Broodbank Fund wish to appoint a Research Fellow to carry out full-time research in biochemistry or biophysics, with special reference to the principles and practice of food preservation. These terms will be interpreted broadly to include fundamental research including molecular processes. The fellow should have a PhD in a Biological Sciences subject.

The research will be based at a laboratory within the University of Cambridge. Applicants must identify and obtain the consent of an appropriate host. The successful candidate will receive an annual allocation for consumables.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance. Applications to work part time hours will be considered.

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 3 attachments. One should be an outline of the proposed research, stating how this bears on the principles and practice of food preservation. The second should be a letter of support from the Head of the proposed lab. The third should be your CV with a recent publication list.

Please quote reference PD04399 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Project Administrator - Ethicobots (Fixed Term)

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

Limit of Tenure: Funds for this post are available until 31 August 2019

This role provides high level coordination and administrative support for a major research programme, and day-to-day advice to the Principal Investigator, Professor James Wood. The five-year Ethiopia Control of Bovine Tuberculosis Strategy (ETHICOBOTS) research grant is a £2.9m multidisciplinary research programme funded by the BBSRC. It involves partners in UK and Ethiopian Institutions who aim to tackle the high burden of bovine TB in the Ethiopian dairy farm sector.

The role holder will liaise with the Principal Investigator and with regional co-ordinators to ensure the smooth running of the project, and will be the first point of contact for researchers working on the project and for liaising with the project partners both in the UK and Africa.

The role involves a wide range of duties, which include: providing administrative support to the project team; organising project meetings, conference calls, stakeholder workshops, training workshops; liaison with researchers with regard to milestones and deadlines; purchasing; monitoring expenditure on the grant and providing financial reports; managing publicity including the project website. The role will require travel to Ethiopia.

The following are essential: a degree in a relevant subject area i.e. administration/ finance or a science based subject; ability to manage a website, including producing and/or editing multimedia content; excellent IT skills and proficiency in the use of Office and database packages; familiarity with conference calls, skype; good level of numeracy with experience of managing budgets; ability to prioritise and meet competing deadlines; excellent verbal and written interpersonal and communications skills (oral and written); ability to interact with senior academic scientists, project members and project staff, administrative and finance staff internally and externally; excellent organisational skills with the ability to plan and organise the workload effectively, flexibly, and with initiative to ensure that unforeseen difficulties that arise are dealt with at short notice, and to a high standard; excellent telephone manner; ability to make decisions and work on own initiative and work well in a team; ability to work well under pressure; ability to work diplomatically and with confidence with a wide range of people, establishing and maintaining communications with colleagues and representatives at different partner institutions (e.g. telephone and/or e-mail communications as appropriate) to facilitate close working relationships; prior administrative/ finance experience/research grants administration experience; ability to pay attention to detail; excellent organisational skills; proven problem-solving skills and initiative; proven ability to meet deadlines; ability to travel overseas for periods of time.

The following are desirable: knowledge of (or ability to learn quickly) the University Financial System, specifically the Grants Module; prior work experience in HE sector. Informal enquiries: Professor James Wood, jlnw2@cam.ac.uk

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2019 in the first instance.

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

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

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: 4 November 2014

Interview date: 21 November 2014

Please quote reference PP04386 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate

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

A postdoctoral position is available in John Gurdon's research group at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, for someone who has extensive experience of nuclear transfer experiments and cloning procedures. The successful candidate will have knowledge of manipulation of germ cells and their derivatives. The candidate should have a relevant PhD and should also have extensive experience of chromatin immunoprecipitation and gene expression analysis, as well as of related biochemical procedures.
The successful candidate will contribute to the MRC-funded project by carrying out and developing, together with other members of the research team, research to investigate the mechanism of transmission of epigenetic information from the sperm to the cells of the gastrula.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 1 year 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 quote reference PR04368 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working, funds for returning carers and other family-friendly schemes.

University Lecturer in Neuroscience (Tenure Track Position)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Sep 22, 2014.

The Department of Zoology is seeking to recruit an outstanding scientist to complement and extend existing strengths within our Neurobiology, Biomechanics and Behaviour research theme. The successful candidate will combine excellence in research with a commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and will have the ability to fund and lead an independent research group. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women as we have an historic imbalance in the number of women holding academic staff positions.

Selection Criteria

Essential

An outstanding research record, documented by publication and by the demonstrated ability to attract research funding.

An innovative and focused research agenda in some area of neuroscience

The training and expertise to contribute broadly to undergraduate teaching in neuroscience and related disciplines.

Desirable

Demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates and supervising research students.

A track record of commitment to wider responsibilities in a current or previous institution (for example, in project leadership, mentoring, or promoting public engagement.)

Duties and Responsibilities

To conduct research in Neuroscience (60%);

To teach undergraduate and graduate students in Neuroscience (30%);

To undertake some departmental administration (10%).

The post is available from 1 April 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. Appointment will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance.

Potential applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries through the Head of Department, Professor Michael Akam, hod@zoo.cam.ac.uk

Interview date(s): Interviews/seminars are planned to take place in either the week beginning 8 December, or week beginning 15 December 2014.

Applicants should send the following: A full CV, including a summary (<1000 words) of current research and future research plans.

A covering letter setting out why you are applying and what you would bring to the role (2 sides A4 maximum).

A completed CHRIS 6 (Parts 1 and 3), available at: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/chris6/

Please send these to the Departmental Administrator via email to: admin@zoo.cam.ac.uk or by post to: The Departmental Administrator, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK

Please also arrange for two academic referees to send references directly by post or email to the same address

Please quote reference PF04316 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Bioinformatician (Research Assistant/Associate)

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

Applications are invited for a Bioinformatician position in the laboratory of Professor Steve Jackson. We wish to recruit an outstanding individual to lead a data-driven project addressing mechanisms by which genome mutations arise and how they influence cell proliferation and survival in response to DNA damaging agents and other stresses. In addition, the post-holder will work on collaborative projects based on data generated by other group members. Prior experience in computational biology, and experience in programming and a solid background in statistical tools are essential. Familiarity with analysis of "next-generation" DNA sequencing data would also be highly desirable. We are based in the internationally renowned Gurdon Institute in the centre of Cambridge and have strong links to the Sanger Institute, Hinxton. For more information on the Steve Jackson Lab, see http://www2.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/~jacksonlab/

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 2 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 quote reference PR04308 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Director of Small Animal Surgical Services

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

Competitive salary

Applications are invited for the role of Director of Small Animal Surgical Services, to take up appointment as soon as possible and ideally by 1 January 2015. This is an exciting opportunity for the successful applicant to provide leadership and strategic direction in the area of small animal surgical services in the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in order to ensure a well led and efficient surgical service, to participate in the clinical service and drive forward the growing surgical referral caseload of the Hospital, and to participate in clinical teaching.

You must be a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, or hold a veterinary degree qualifying you for membership; hold an RCVS and/or European and/or American College Diploma in small animal surgery, focused in orthopaedics.

You should have substantial practical experience in small animal surgery; documented clinical veterinary student teaching experience; experience in the training of postgraduate veterinary surgeons (interns and residents).

You should be able to demonstrate evidence of ability to lead a team and to lead by example; sensitivity to the differing needs and career directions of co-workers and students; excellent organisational skills and the ability to balance the demands on the time of members of the small animal clinical team; enthusiasm for the discipline, and good interpersonal and teaching skills in order to impart their skills and knowledge to others; excellent written and verbal communication skills; the ability to work under pressure; and evidence of academic endeavour (e.g. published papers).

A higher degree is desirable.

Informal enquiries: Professor James Wood, 01223 764666, jlnw2@cam.ac.uk

Closing date for applications: 31 October 2014.

Interview date: TBA November 2014.

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

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

Further details for this position: follow link to further particulars below. Further information about the Department: www.vet.cam.ac.uk To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the link in the 'Apply online' section of the advertisement published on the University's Job Opportunities web pages. You will need to register an account and log in before completing the online application form. You should upload the following documents: a curriculum vitae; a brief statement about how your experience fits the profile for this role.

Please quote reference PP03910 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Career Development Fellowship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Research Career Development Fellowship - Computational Modelling of Developmental Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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