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PhD Studentship x 8

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

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

The 8 projects available are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

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

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Professor Helariutta at The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, to work on the identification of the molecular mechanisms by which plant vascular development is controlled.

The successful candidate will investigate how phloem sieve plates and sieve pores are formed and how this process is regulated. The project is based on a recent publication (Dettmer et al., 2014) where the CHER1 locus of Arabidopsis was identified and shown to be very important for proper phloem sieve plate and sieve pore formation. The mutations in the CHER1 gene result in reduced phloem sieve pore density and altered sieve pore structure in the sieve areas associated with impaired phloem function. CHER1 was shown to facilitate choline transport and, consistent with its function in the elaboration of the sieve areas, CHER1 has a sustained, polar localization in the forming of sieve plates. To clarify further the function of CHER1 in phloem sieve plate and sieve pore formation, an EMS mutagenesis screen was conducted with the aim to identify the suppressor of cher1 mutant. It resulted in isolation of a suppressor gene leading to a significant growth and phloem formation rescue in cher1. The post holder will map and identify the candidate gene to uncover the mechanism of phloem sieve plate and sieve pore formation.

Furthermore, the project will aim to identify the molecular components and molecular mechanisms by which early phloem cell fate is determined and how its differentiation is controlled. FACS and Next-generation sequencing techniques will be used to sort various marker lines which are specifically expressed in various developmental stages to establish a high resolution phloem map.

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

Candidates must have a PhD in plant biology or a related field, and should be proficient in molecular and histological techniques to analyse the vascular tissues (preferably sieve elements of phloem). Candidates should be proficient in confocal imaging, especially optical sectioning and z-stack acquisition, histological sectioning of Arabidopsis roots, construction and visualization of various vascular (preferably sieve element) specific molecular markers, in-situ RNA hybridization on root cross-sections, map-based cloning, histochemical staining of vascular tissues.

Applicants should have a good understanding of vascular development and have a strong publication record, including at least one paper as a first author in peer-reviewed international journals.

Excellent communication skills are essential as well as a problem-solving attitude. Experience of coordinating a multidisciplinary project will be an advantage.The post holder will need to work well in a team and collaborate with other researchers in the Institute.

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

Fixed-term: 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 ensure that you upload a copy of your full CV, a supporting statement and contact information of three referees.

Please quote reference PT04827 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

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

Applications are invited for a computational neuroscientist to work in the Neurolex Group, an interdisciplinary team led by Professor William Marslen-Wilson. The applicant will develop advanced infrastructure for multivariate source-space analysis of MEG+EEG data, focusing on dynamic brain-wide patterns of cortical activity associated with natural speech comprehension. The candidate should be familiar with current multivariate methods designed to relate dynamic neurocomputational models to patterns of neural activity, using whole-brain searchlight techniques in MEG source-space. Experience with the development and implementation of such techniques (e.g., Representational Similarity Analysis) is essential.

The candidate must hold a PhD in computer science, applied mathematics (or a related area), and have strong programming skills.

Expected interview date: w/c 14 December 2014 Start date: 2 January 2015

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2015 in the first instance.

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

If you have any queries please contact Mrs Marie Dixon at csladmin@csl.psychol.cam.ac.uk or 01223 766458.

Please quote reference PJ04822 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)

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

University of Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine West Cambridge Site

Stipend:

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

Research Associate £28,695.00 to £37,394.00

Limit of Tenure 3 Years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

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

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

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

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 7 January 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NERC DTP Studentship in Ecosystems & Global Change x 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Research Associate - Bioinformatician (Fixed Term)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Previous experience in stem cell biology is not necessary.

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

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

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

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

Interviews will be held towards the end of January 2015.

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

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

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

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to carry out a short (2 month) investigation into indole signalling and antibiotic resistance in E. coli. in the laboratory of Dr David Summers. Funded by a Pathfinder award from the BBSRC, we are looking to conduct an evaluation of our proposal that interference with indole signalling increases the efficacy of antibiotic action. If the results are promising they will be used as the starting point for further funding applications.

You will be responsible for comparing the resistance of indole-producing and non-producing E. coli.to a range of antibiotics. You will also investigate the effect of tryptophanase inhibitors on levels of resistance.

You should have a PhD in microbial genetics or a closely related discipline, and the work will require experience in microbial genetics. Experience in bacterial antibiotic resistance would be beneficial. The position could suit someone who has just finished a PhD and is looking for a short research project before moving on to a longer-term position.

The Summers laboratory is temporarily based in the Department of Pharmacology on the Tennis Court Road in central Cambridge during the refurbishment of the main Department of Genetics building.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 months only.

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 PC04774 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Client Services Administrator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

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

Part time 22.5 hours per week

Limit of Tenure 6 months

The Queen's Veterinary School Hospital is looking for a pro-active, flexible team player to work in the Reception area of both the Small and Large Animal sections as part of the Hospital Administration Team. This is a part time position working Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 3.00pm. You will be expected to work in the large animal and small animal reception areas, but flexibility is required to provide back up to other team members during busy and holiday periods. You will be the first point of contact for our clients, therefore a friendly manner, combined with a good sense of humour and excellent communication skills are essential. You will be responsible for receiving incoming calls and faxes, billing clients and taking payments, booking appointments, liaising with clients, referral practices, clinicians, nurses and students and therefore knowledge of medical terminology would be advantageous. A good understanding of the local area is essential. You should have a sound knowledge of IT systems and should be numerate, accurate and have an eye for detail. You will be educated to GCSE standard in English and Mathematics and have significant experience of similar work.

For informal enquiries please contact Sonia Cox, e-mail: sms90@cam.ac.uk

Closing Date 4 December 2014

Interviews will be held: 16 December 2014

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 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.

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

Please quote reference PP04746 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

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

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

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

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

The further information document may be downloaded below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Junior Clinical Training Scholarship in Equine Studies

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

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

Start date 1 April 2015

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

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

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

Closing date: 4 January 2015

Interview date: 14 January 2015

Fixed-term: 1 years.

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

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

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

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Chief Research Laboratory Technician (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 13, 2014.

Applications are invited for the position of Chief Research Laboratory Technician to join the microarray and sequencing facility (Cambridge Genomic Services- CGS), part of Professor Nabeel Affara's research group at the Department of Pathology. CGS offers microarray and sequencing services to internal and external researchers. More information on the facility can be found at http://www.cgs.path.cam.ac.uk/

The ideal candidates will possess a HBTEC or HNC Diploma or A-levels in a biological or other related subject or relevant laboratory experience in Molecular Genetics and Genomics. He/She will have a good understanding of molecular biology/genetics, excellent bench skills in DNA/RNA handling and good record keeping. The candidate should be very organized and detail orientated with good communication skills and the ability to work within a team.

Day to day work will include provision of the microarray and sequencing services, assessment of DNA/RNA quality controls, troubleshooting, stock and instrument maintenance. It is crucial the post holder is able to handle routine, a fluctuating workload, pressure and tight deadlines and still deliver consistent and high quality data.

Basic understanding of microarray and Next generation sequencing technology is essential. Hands on experience would be a strong advantage or experience with robotics/automation as well as some knowledge in bioinformatics.

We place great store on practical ability, hands on experience, meticulous record keeping, teamwork, and good communication skills. You should be motivated by the fact that your efforts are essential to the quality of the service, client satisfaction and reputation of the facility.

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.

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

Please quote reference PK04727 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant (Fixed Term) - Studying sleep and EEG in transgenic mouse models of Huntington's Disease

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 13, 2014.

This post is part of a project funded by CHDI Inc, a charitable foundation based in the USA that funds research into Huntington's disease (HD). HD is an incurable neurodegenerative genetic disorder that causes progressive deterioration of motion and cognitive function, as well as changes in psychiatric domains such as anxiety and depression. Recently, sleep abnormalities have also been identified in HD patients. The purpose of this project is to develop objective measures for understanding the mechanisms underlying cognitive dysfunction, abnormalities in social interactions and sleep disorder. The results will contribute to a larger project led by Professor Jenny Morton studying the effects of neurodegeneration in HD and interventions to prevent progression of the disease. The results will also have broad relevance to fields of animal behavior and cognitive and systems neuroscience.

You will be part of a research team investigating sleep-wake behavior and EEG in normal and transgenic mouse models of HD.

The successful applicant will be a careful and methodical worker who is self-motivated and able to conduct experiments and analyse data independently. Careful observation skills and accurate record keeping are essential. Applicants should hold a Home Office personal licence.

Applicants must have a BSc degree (or equivalent), preferably with a background in Neuroscience. Experience in analyzing rodent EEG traces will be required. Familiarity with rodent sleep-wake scoring, particularly in SleepSign, is necessary. The post will require some weekend work and a flexible approach to working hours.

For further information about this vacancy, please email Professor Jenny Morton at: ajm41@cam.ac.uk.

The closing date is midnight on Friday 28 November 2014.

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

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

Please quote reference PM04704 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Senior Secretary/PA (Part Time - up to 18.25 hours per week)

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

We are looking for a part-time Senior Secretary (PA) for 2 Group Leaders and their research groups at the Gurdon Institute. We need someone who has outstanding IT, secretarial and administrative ability as well as flexibility and excellent interpersonal/communication skills who would enjoy joining two research groups at the cutting edge of science. You should ideally have some scientific knowledge/interest.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 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 PR04712 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Interviews will be held on Friday the 12th December.

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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.

Laboratory Research Technician (Part Time, Fixed Term)

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

This role is a key position in a newly-established research group, led by Dr Samuel Brockington. The role-holder will provide technical support to the head of group, researchers and graduate students. They will maintain a large population of key experimental organisms, including the model liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. They will order lab supplies, prepare media and other lab material in order to ensure efficient workflow. They will conduct routine molecular biology protocols involved in screening and evaluating mutagenic lines. The role-holder will also train PhD students and undergraduate students, and assist them with queries as required.

The successful candidate will be educated to A-Level or HND level. A BSc in a biologically-related discipline is desirable. You will be motivated by scientific discovery and the scientific process. You will have experience in plant cultivation and maintaining a large population of model organisms, and a good working knowledge of molecular biology especially DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, and the design and manufacture of cloning constructs. Good IT skills and communication skills are essential, as well as the ability to train junior team members.

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.

For further information contact Catherine Butler, Department Administrator (cek31@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PD04673 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Co-ordinator for Synthetic Biology Centre (Fixed Term)

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

We are seeking a co-ordinator for a joint position, providing administrative support to the OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre and the Synthetic Biology Strategic Initiative (SBSI) in Cambridge (0.5fte for each). OpenPlant is an RCUK-funded research centre to promote shared resources and responsible innovation in plant synthetic biology. It is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, the John Innes Centre and the Sainsbury Laboratory. The Director, Dr Jim Haseloff, is based in the Department of Plant Sciences and is also the Chair of the SBSI, which aims to promote interdisciplinary exchange and responsible innovation in Synthetic Biology within Cambridge.

The purpose of the role is to organise, manage and deliver activities for OpenPlant and the SBSI. Working with the OpenPlant Director and Management Group, and the SBSI Chair and Steering Group, the post-holder will assist in developing a strategy and vision for the OpenPlant and SBSI and in planning and delivering implementation of this strategy. Developing and managing relationships with stakeholders within and outside the University is an important aspect of the role, combined with communicating and promoting activities. Other tasks will include co-ordination of management meetings, scientific forums and research competitions.

The successful candidate will have a good degree. A PhD in a relevant field is desirable. They will have knowledge of Synthetic Biology research, policy and practice. They will have the ability to foster relationships and partnerships with companies, funding agencies, government and policymakers. They will be able to articulate concepts and present complex data in an appropriate written or oral format. They will have experience working in a higher education, industry or government environment. A successful track record in attracting research funding would be advantageous. Excellent organisational and communications skills are essential, together with proven problem-solving skills and initiative.

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.

For further information contact Catherine Butler, Department Administrator (cek31@cam.ac.uk) or Dr Jim Haseloff (jh295@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PD04634 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Group Leader (Senior Research Associate)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Interpretation Associate (Part Time, Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Oct 31, 2014.

An initial injection of funding received under the HEIF5 funding initiative has permitted recruitment of an Interpretation Officer, 60% full-time for 1 year. The Interpretation Officer will produce two key interpreted living displays and will formulate a longer term strategy for interpretation in the Garden.

Based within the Botanic Garden at 1 Brookside, the role-holder will manage the development of two new living displays with associated interpretation materials. They will work with scientists in SLCU and the Department of Plant Sciences and with the Heads of Education, Horticulture and Development at the Botanic Garden to identify and develop narratives about the research that will make engaging public displays. Two stories will be selected, one representing research at SLCU and the other representing research in the Department of Plant Sciences. The role-holder will work with the Head of Horticulture and the horticultural staff of the Botanic Garden to translate these stories into living displays. They will work with both the Botanic Garden's experienced Development Officer and Head of Education to develop interpretation materials to accompany the displays. This will involve design and production of interpretation materials and signage.

The Interpretation Associate will also organise a working group to consider the longer term development of interpretation in the Botanic Garden. This may include working with plant scientists, conservation biologists, chemists and biotechnologists to identify key topics to be incorporated into future Garden planning.

The Interpretation Associate will also provide additional support to the Botanic Garden's Development Officer in developing and revising publicity material with respect to the new displays.

Closing date: 30 November 2014 Interviews: January 2015, date to be confirmed

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: 30 November 2014 Interviews: January 2015, date to be confirmed

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact admin@botanic.cam.ac.uk

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

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

Programme Overview:

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

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

Physical Biology of Stem Cells:

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

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

Qualification Eligibility:

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

Financial Support:

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

Application Process:

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

Application Deadline: 4th February 2015

Interview Date: 4th March 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Stem Cell Biology

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

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

Cambridge Stem Cell Community

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

Programme Outline

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

Students are expected to choose a laboratory for their thesis research by June 2016, and will then write a research proposal to be assessed for the MRes Degree in Stem Cell Biology. Students will then commence a 3 year PhD.

Application Process:

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

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

Applications must be submitted by 4th January 2015.

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

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

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PhD Studentship

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

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

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

Project outline:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications are to be received by Sunday 4 January 2015

Interviews will be held mid/late January 2015

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

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Research Career Development Fellowship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Research Career Development Fellowship - Computational Modelling of Developmental Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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