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Research Grants Administrator

The Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge, is delighted to be advertising for a Research Grants Administrator to join our department. The job holder will provide administrative support to staff who are applying or considering applying for research grant funding in order to support the efficient completion of grant applications. The Research Grants Administrator will be part of the accounts team, managed by the Finance and Research Grants Coordinator.

The Research Grants Administrator will provide administrative and clerical support and guidance to staff wishing to submit proposals for research funding. This includes assisting group leaders with the preparation of reports required for grant applications, submitting completed applications to the Research Office and tracking the progress of the application. Being the bridge between accounts and group leaders, the post holder will need to ensure that accounts staff have the information necessary to report on grant income and expenditure, maintain the research grants filing system and gather and distribute information on funding opportunities to relevant parties.

Therefore, the successful candidate will possess excellent organisational and time management, with the ability to prioritise a diverse and changing workload. The ability to pay attention to detail and work to a high level of accuracy is essential in this role. As the role requires interaction with a wide range of people within the wider University and external parties, excellent communication skills are a must. We are looking for someone who is service-oriented and pro-active, able to use their own initiative as well as adhering to the collaborative environment that our department fosters. Candidates must be educated to at least A-level standard or equivalent, including English and Mathematics at GCSE level, or hold an NVQ LEVEL 3. Previous experience of working in Higher Education would be beneficial but is not essential.

The role holder will be based in central Cambridge. This is a full-time, permanent position. As a department, we are open to flexible working, but the role is not available on a completely remote basis.

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Further details can be found in the Further Particulars document. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Team (hr@phar.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference PL42283 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate in functional metagenomics - novel biocatalysts for a sustainable circular economy from ultrahigh throughput screening- Hollfelder Group (Fixed Term)

A postdoctoral position is available for 24 months (in the first instance, extension possible) from 1 October 2024 to work with Florian Hollfelder at the Biochemistry Department of Cambridge University (https://hollfelder.bioc.cam.ac.uk/). The project is part of the Horizon Europe project BlueTools (https://www.bluetools-project.eu/) and involves collaborations with various EU and UK groups on harnessing marine microbiomes and marine culture collections for novel biocatalysts that may play a role in future sustainable processes with higher resource and energy efficiency.

We will develop ultrahigh throughput assays to screen metagenomic libraries for new catalysts for applications in recycling, bioremediation and green chemistry. Candidate enzymes are mechanistically investigated, structurally characterised and subsequently improved by directed evolution. Ultrahigh-throughput screening in microfluidic picoliter droplets allows us to interrogate enzyme libraries with more than 10 million members experimentally in a day, increasing the chances of success in catalyst discovery.

Applicants should thus have a first (or upper second) class degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related, relevant subject, followed by a PhD. Familiarity with molecular and chemical biology techniques and specific skills in assay development, enzyme kinetics, DNA library generation, structural biology, organic synthesis, high-throughput screening, mechanistic enzymology, database searching and microfluidic engineering are advantages.

Applications should contain a description of research interests (e.g. as part of the cover letter), a detailed CV (with exam marks and all relevant practical experience) and a list of publications. Please also include the names and email addresses of at least two referees, who are familiar with your research work.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months or until 30/11/26, which ever comes first.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Hollfelder: fh111@cam.ac.uk

For any questions about this vacancy or the application process please contact: personnel@bioc.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PH42267 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Teaching Office Coordinator

The Department of Pharmacology, within the University of Cambridge, is seeking to appoint a Teaching Office Coordinator. This is an exciting and varied role, with the post holder being responsible for the day to day co-ordination, management and delivery of all administrative processes and functions related to postgraduate and undergraduate teaching in the Department of Pharmacology, ensuring compliance with all relevant University policies and procedures.

The Teaching Office Coordinator reports to the Departmental Administrator and line manages a full time Undergraduate Administrator. They will oversee course coordination and administration, developing and maintain Teaching office procedures, reviewing processes and developing systems to improve efficiency. The post-holder has primary responsibility for postgraduate administration and will be working closely with the Director of Admissions and Director of Postgraduate Studies, acting as the first point of contact for enquiries from postgraduate applicants, current students and academic staff regarding graduate matters. As well as coordinating the admissions process for the Department, the Teaching Office Coordinator will manage the administration for the entire postgraduate student lifecycle, from induction and first year registration through to thesis submission.

Candidates must be educated to level 4/5 vocational qualifications or equivalent level of practical experience. We expect the role holder to have excellent IT skills and be proficient in Microsoft Office software; experience using University systems such as CamSIS and Moodle would be considered an advantage. Previous experience in University systems as well as an understanding of an academic environment is desirable.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills, and a positive, service-oriented, can-do attitude. They will be able to work both independently and in a team, with a pro-active approach to troubleshooting and problem solving. Attention to detail, a high level of accuracy and effective time management are essential. Previous management experience is an advantage but not essential.

The role holder will be based in central Cambridge. This is a full-time, permanent position. As a department, we are open to flexible working, but the role is not available on a completely remote basis.

Interviews are scheduled to be held on 24th July 2024.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Jenny Drumond Baptista (jnb40@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference PL42268 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate-In discovery and engineering of novel plastic degrading enzymes -Hollfelder Group (Fixed Term)

A postdoctoral position is available for 24 months (in the first instance, extension possible) from 1 September 2024 to work with Florian Hollfelder at the Biochemistry Department of Cambridge University (http://www.bioc.cam.ac.uk/hollfelder).

Our project objective is to identify new plastic-degrading enzymes bioinformatically in metagenomic databases or experimental ultrahigh-throughput functional metagenomic screening. These enzymes will be engineered and improved by directed evolution in microfluidic droplets. Sequence datasets emerging from ultrahigh-throughput screening will be analysed by artificial intelligence/machine learning approaches

The UKRI-funded Mission Hub 'Preventing Plastic Pollution through Engineering Biology (P3EB)' is aimed at transforming end-of-life plastic waste using engineering biology approaches ranging from chemical biology to process engineering. Working in partnership with industry, we will impart value into plastic waste, incentivising its recovery and retention, and so reducing the amount destined for landfill, for incineration, or being discarded into the environment. The P3EB Mission Hub is a consortium of researchers and innovators assembled from the University of Portsmouth (lead), Bangor University, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, University of Manchester, and University College London. The initiative will receive £11.2 million from the "UKRI Technology Missions Fund" over the next 5 years. As a P3EB Mission Hub member, you will have access to training in cross-disciplinary topics such as intellectual property, AI, and responsible research and innovation. You will also have opportunities to visit collaborators' laboratories, engage in interdisciplinary research and innovation, participate in regular online Researcher Forums, and attend Annual General Meetings of the Mission Hub at locations across the UK.

Applicants should have a first (or upper second) class degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related, relevant subject, followed by a PhD. Familiarity with molecular and chemical biology techniques (e.g. cloning, protein engineering) and specific skills in assay development, enzyme kinetics, DNA library generation, organic synthesis, high-throughput screening, mechanistic enzymology and microfluidics are advantages. An interest in interdisciplinary collaboration is crucial.

Applications should contain a description of research interests (e.g. as part of the cover letter), a detailed CV (with exam marks and all relevant practical experience) and a list of publications. Please also include the names and email addresses of at least two referees, who are familiar with your research work.

The University of Cambridge is a signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research (Assessment DORA), and in recruitment or promotion evaluations will assess research on the basis of its merits rather than the journal or venue in which it is published. For more information: https://www.biology.cam.ac.uk/files/dora.pdf

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

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Hollfelder: fh111@cam.ac.uk

For any questions about this vacancy or the application process please contact: personnel@bioc.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PH42261 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Senior Horticultural Technician (Western Displays)

Responsible to the Team Leader (Horticultural Displays) the role holder will be responsible for caring for predominantly herbaceous plantings, displays and collections within the Garden's Western areas (eighteenth century Garden). See Further Particulars for details and requirements.

The role holders will lead on the maintenance, care and curation of the Garden's displays and be forward thinking regarding development and future maintenance of the Garden, assisting the Team Leader (Horticultural Displays) to plan and program a year round horticultural display, in line with the Garden's Living Collection Strategy, and also as an important visitor attraction within Cambridge and in support of the Garden's core activities, eg University teaching and research, education and amenity.

Practical horticultural skills with several year's relevant professional experience are essential, as well as excellent plant knowledge and an understanding of the management of herbaceous plantings. This role will supervise one assistant horticulturist plus trainees and volunteers.

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

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

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Research Assistant for Dyslexia BCI (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Assistant to collect data with school pupils aged 8-15 years using a Brain-Computer Interface to enhance language processing in children with dyslexia.

The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Psychology (Centre for Neuroscience in Education) and will be joining a team headed by Professor Usha Goswami (see: https://www.cne.psychol.cam.ac.uk/). The position is available from 1 October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants should ideally have a degree in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or related disciplines, and prior experience of working with children, ideally using brain-based interventions to enhance linguistic and cognitive skills.

Applicants will be required to travel to children in participating boarding schools during data collection.

Excellent organisational and communication skills are required, and prior experience with children with learning disorders would be an advantage.

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 Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children's barred list).

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For informal inquiries, please contact Professor Usha Goswami at ucg10@cam.ac.uk

Closing Date: Monday 15th July 2024 at 12 Midnight

Interviews: Monday 29th July 2024

Please quote reference PJ42217 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant / Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The postdoctoral researcher will join the Pellegrini lab at the University of Cambridge and be embedded in a larger research team seeking to deploy new thermal detection technology to address a range of global change issues.

The postdoc's project aims to scale field measurements of fire intensity and behavior to predict greenhouse gas emissions arising from soil organic carbon combustion during small smoldering fires in peatlands. This involves prescribed burn experiments in the Scottish Highlands (Cairngorms), where numerous instruments will be used to measure fire behavior (thermal sensor on drone, thermocouples in peat, etc.), and greenhouse gas fluxes (chamber measurements of CO2, CH4 and N2O fluxes). Sites will be sampled over the course of several weeks prior to the burn and after the burn, requiring fieldwork for 4-6 weeks. In the lab, the researcher will conduct different biogeochemical analyses to asses soil organic matter composition, stability, and microbial decomposition activity. All the data will be compared with drone thermal measurements of the fire, coordinated with collaborators focusing on the remote sensing aspect of the project, and aim to scale estimates of emissions from smoldering fires. Additional field sampling in Southeast Asia and North America are also possible pending successful deployment in Scotland

The overall team is interdisciplinary, comprising researchers in the Plant Sciences, Architecture, and Astronomy Departments. A company, Super Sharp, is leading the deployment of a satellite with a thermal sensor that will enable us to scale our plot-based measurements to the global scale.

The Pellegrini lab consists of a diverse group of researchers, ranging from undergraduates, permanent research associates, PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers. We work on both original data collection via field sampling and lab analyses as well as data synthesis and model-data comparisons. We are interesting in applying ecological and biogeochemical principles to solve global change problems.

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

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

Please quote reference PD42197 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant / Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The postdoctoral researcher will join the Pellegrini lab at the University of Cambridge and be embedded in a broader interdisciplinary research team seeking to identify just transitions to net zero in the UK food production system. They will participate in a work package on a UKRI grant that explores how different land use scenarios can potentially change greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, with a focus on pastureland. They will lead the portion on quantifying changes in greenhouse gas emissions on farms under different interventions and scenarios. The position is for 24 months.

The postdoctoral researcher will combine geospatial datasets of land use, process-based and bookkeeping models of carbon cycling, and field sampling. The modeling component will simulate C stock changes due to land use change, and greenhouse gas fluxes under different management schemes (e.g., IPCC Tier 2). Models will be compared to field sampling of soil organic carbon in different pasture management systems and nearby ecosystem types within the UK (e.g., improved pasture, high stocking density, rough semi-natural upland grazing).

The overall research team is interdisciplinary, with a strong social science focus on just transitions (e.g. to net zero) in the farming-food system. As such, this role provides a unique opportunity to be part of a 'systems-level' approach to finding solutions to sustainable food production. The other Postdoctoral Researcher on this specific work package (running the scenario analyses) will be based at the James Hutton Institute (JHI). We will be working closely with both researchers at JHI and land use scenario modelers at the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science. The broader project is run by RSPB and includes a consortium of UK Universities and stakeholder partners in four focal landscapes around the UK.  

The Pellegrini lab consists of a diverse group of researchers, ranging from undergraduates, permanent research associates, PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers. We work on both original data collection via field sampling and lab analyses as well as data synthesis and model-data comparisons. We are interesting in applying ecological and biogeochemical principles to solve global change problems.

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

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

Please quote reference PD42198 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate Psychology (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate for 18 months initially with possibility of extension dependent on funding) at the Department of Psychology. This position is funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, awarded to Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox, which aims to identify robust biomarkers of age-dependent brain and cognitive function from birth onwards in relation to early exposure to poverty. This exciting role is embedded within an established and thriving research team (www.pipkinstudy.com), as well as within Dr Lloyd-Fox's global developmental science research programme. The PIPKIN study focuses on collecting data across pregnancy and the first months of life to trace individual differences in behaviour and brain function. The wider global developmental science research programme concerns partnering with families and stakeholders to develop support and intervention strategies for those transitioning to parenthood in the UK and Africa.

The post-holder will work with Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox and collaborators on the collection of data in the PIPKIN study and feature extraction of neural markers and longitudinal modelling of the rich, complex, multimodal, developmental datasets that are being collected (i.e. fNIRS/EEG/neurocognitive eye-tracking markers/language, motor and developmental assessments). This will also include modelling the contribution of exposure phenotypes (i.e. poverty associated factors / caregiving context) to the substantive variation in developmental outcomes seen in infants.

They will be supported by a team of established research academics both at the University of Cambridge and across the collaborating institutes (BBK, UCL, KCL, Durham, MRCG@LSHTM).

As part of this collaborative team, the postholder will also contribute to identifying primary targets of intervention and the delivery of a scalable developmental toolkit (including optimized designs for accessible lower-density NIRS and EEG systems and a battery of cognitive behavioural tasks).

The post will be based in Central Cambridge in the Department of Psychology, and will require an enhanced disclosure (DBS check) as you will be working directly with children and families. As the research is conducted, in part, at Cambridge University Hospitals an occupational health check will also be required.

This is a wide-ranging position, which would suit a self-motivated individual who is experienced in working in a diverse team and able to perform effectively under multiple demands. Applicants should be educated to PhD level in a relevant discipline, have experience of working with R, multilevel modelling, and with longitudinal / neuroimaging data. Applicants must have experience of working with fNIRS/DOT with 0 ¿ 5 year olds (in particular data collection and analysis of neonatal data). This post will allow the candidate to develop their skills in a range of areas including advanced statistical analyses, developmental science, neuroimaging, and collaborating across diverse multidisciplinary, international networks. Excellent organisational and computing skills, the ability to work independently and the ability to prioritise tasks effectively are essential, as is meticulous attention to detail

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 March 2026 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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In the upload section on the online application please ensure you upload the following three documents. (1) A cover letter explaining why you are interested in this post and how you believe your skills fit the specifications as outlined in the 'Further particulars' document. Next you need to upload two CVs (Curriculum Vitae) in different formats: (2) a Narrative CV and (3) your standard CV (full details in the Further Particulars).

This is a real vacancy that is being studied as part of the Action Research on Research Culture project (ARRC, https://www.arrc.group.cam.ac.uk/). The ARRC team are investigating the effects of CV format on shortlisting. If you consent to take part in the study, the ARRC team will use information from the shortlisting process to understand the impact of different CV formats. The recruiting academic will not be told whether you have joined the study so your choice about whether to take part in the study cannot influence the decision on who to appoint. Further details can be found in the 'Further particulars' document. If you have questions about the ARRC project, please contact: arrcproject@admin.cam.ac.uk

Informal discussions about the post are welcomed, please contact Sarah Lloyd-Fox sl868@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PJ42166 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Cell Culture Laboratory Technician (Part Time, Fixed Term)

The Wellcome - MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (CSCI) is an international centre of excellence for stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Scientists in the Institute collaborate to advance our knowledge of various stem cell types and their developmental origins, and to perform pioneering work in translational research areas, providing the foundation for new medical treatments (https://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/).

The Tissue Culture Facility enhances the quality and efficiency of cell culture research within the CSCI. We provide support and resources to a large number of busy stem cell culture laboratories, catering to a wide range of specialities from ES cell derivation to virus production.

We are seeking a Cell Culture Laboratory Technician to join the Tissue Culture Facility team. The role holder will have daily supervision from the Tissue Culture Research Laboratory Technician and will be expected to produce high volumes of sterile aliquots, cell culture and culture media, run routine assays, contribute towards the smooth running of the facility and provide fully detailed, traceable records for all reagents produced.

The ideal candidate will be qualified to A level or NVQ level 3, with previous practical experience of working in a tissue culture laboratory. Experience of culturing cells lines and stem cells is desirable, but training can be provided. This role will require a high degree of precision and accuracy, so organisational skills and attention to detail are essential. We are seeking someone with good communication skills who will work well as part of a team.

Candidates with minimal laboratory experience, but with high levels of manual dexterity, precision, accuracy and attention to detail are encouraged to apply, but would be appointed at a lower grade until fully competent at aliquot and cell culture production.

This position is for 20 hours per week spread over 4-5 days (Monday ¿ Friday).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2026 in the first instance.

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Please ensure that you outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role on the online Application form.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for applications is: 4th August 2024

The interview date for the role is: W/C 2nd of September

Please quote reference PS42193 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Laboratory Automation Research Technician (Fixed Term)

The Milner Therapeutics Institute (MTI) is a purpose-built research institute at the University of Cambridge. The overarching vision of the MTI is to convert pioneering science into therapies. The newly established Functional Genomics Screening Laboratory (FGSL) at the MTI applies arrayed CRISPR screening to shed light into the mechanisms underlying tissue homeostasis and disease biology. Formed as a joint venture between Medical Research Council, AstraZeneca and the University of Cambridge, this new laboratory aligns with the MTI's approach of breaking the mould in terms of how academia and industry interact.

We are recruiting a laboratory automation research technician to join the FGSL team. You will be managing and maintaining the liquid handling platform to support phenotypic screening activities at the FGSL. You will work closely with scientists from MTI and AstraZeneca, collaborators, and vendors to develop and optimise automation workflow that are fit for purpose for high throughput plate-based assays. You will apply your analytical skills to identify and troubleshoot issues with liquid handling to ensure smooth running of experiments. As a key member of the new team, you will have the opportunity to shape the direction of the lab as well as contribute to the collective portfolio in a wide range of disease areas with unmet therapeutic needs.

The MTI is a buoyant, vibrant and fast-paced environment and is ideal for those who thrive in the face of change. This role would suit a problem-solving minded and technically skilful individual with experience working in a biological lab environment. We welcome applications from proactive individuals with a desire to acquire new skills and to specialise in high throughput automation. Training will be provided where needed so that the successful applicant can develop into the subject matter expert to fully support the team. We offer an engaging and supportive environment that fosters professional growth and career development.

To find out the full duties of the role and person specification, click below to view the further particulars.

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

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Informal enquiries can be directed to Chun Hao Wong, FGSL lead, wc389@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PR42172 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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HR Coordinator

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking a part time HR Coordinator. The purpose of the role is to support human resource administration across the Department in order to facilitate an efficient and effective service. This is a busy and varied role. The duties of the role will include providing accurate advice to individuals and managers on HR policy and employment relations issues, co-ordination of recruitment processes including visa applications, co-ordination of induction, probation, staff review and leaver procedures. The role-holder will act as the first point of contact for HR and payroll matters as well as assist with visitor administration across the Department. For full details please read the further information document. The role is part time (18.25 hours/week). The successful candidate will have strong HR administrative experience and excellent communication and organisational skills. They will be an experienced user of Microsoft Office. The ability to develop a good working relationship with a wide range of people and deal with HR issues in a confidential manner is key.

The University of Cambridge offers a variety of benefits including extensive professional development opportunities and retail discounts. The Department of Plant Sciences has a thriving programme of wellbeing initiatives for staff. This is a great opportunity to join a friendly and supportive team at the Department of Plant Sciences. Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Catherine Butler, Business and Operations Manager on cek31@cam.ac.uk

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

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Please quote reference PD42154 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Property Maintenance Apprentice

People are at the heart of everything we do at Pathology, so why not join our professional services team as a Property Maintenance Apprentice and start supporting excellence in research and education. We can offer a welcoming work environment where you can feel valued, encouraged to develop, and supported to achieve your full potential. You will be working with colleagues who manage the maintenance, facilities and safety across the large Department of Pathology consisting of dry and wet laboratories, classrooms, offices & lecture theatres. You will undertake training & increasingly over the apprenticeship, respond to breakdowns, perform preventive maintenance tasks & installation work.

The successful candidate will work towards completing the Property Maintenance Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship via Cambridge Regional College.

The position is varied, and is required to support the departmental and core team needs, but will include duties such as:

  • Learn basic skills in the area of work (e.g. use of basic workshop tools and machinery)

  • Work independently on elements of a project or task, referring all decisions to the supervisor, applying new skills as appropriate

  • Be involved with the general maintenance of the fabric of the Department, including painting, minor carpentry work, installation of benching and flooring

  • Undertake preventive maintenance tasks such as air filters, water temperature checks and fume hood inspections

  • Understand basic health and safety hazards and risk management within the working environment. Learn and abide by standard operating procedures and risk assessments. (E.g. workshop safety and chemical safety)

  • Respond to breakdowns, perform preventive maintenance tasks & installation work. You will gain an understanding of our operations and what it takes to keep a large, busy department running!

Applicants should have a minimum of 2 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade 3/D or above including English, and Maths

Expected duration: 27 months.

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

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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How To Apply:

To apply for this role, please use this link to access the National Apprenticeship Service site and follow the on-screen instructions on how to submit your application: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/1000259403.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact the Hannah from CRC on 01223 418778

Informal enquiries about the vacancy are welcomed and should be directed to Jodi Smith, HR Coordinator: hr@path.cam.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 7th July 2024.

Please quote reference PK41895 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Proteomics Technical Lead

We are looking to appoint a Proteomics Technical Lead to join the Proteomics Facility at the MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Cambridge. The facility performs a fundamental role in tackling proteomic-based problems for the Unit's scientific programmes.

As the Proteomics Technical Lead you will work on several projects in response to the needs of our researchers and actively participate in mass spectrometry/proteomics method development. You will be responsible for sample preparation, reporting results to scientists, operating and maintaining specialist equipment and general laboratory management.

You will ideally be skilled in a broad range of methods in proteomics and biological mass spectrometry and chromatography and have excellent communication skills to enable to you work on projects which are often transient and time critical. You will need to have a degree in a scientific discipline, preferably with a postgraduate qualification. You will also be an excellent communicator and team player, with the ability to manage a laboratory including health and safety, purchasing and equipment maintenance.

The Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit is an internationally renowned institution focussed on the delivery of field-changing mechanistic insights into toxicology and disease and is based in the newly refurbished Gleeson building, central Cambridge.

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If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact hradmin@mrc-tox.cam.ac.uk

Further information can be found on our website: https://www.mrc-tox.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PU42164 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Roving Researcher (Fixed Term)

The School of Biological Sciences is seeking to appoint a Roving Researcher to provide experimental support to researchers on leave (such as maternity leave) and develop a research plan to maintain the momentum of the research over the period of leave.

This is a unique and exciting role that will allow the postholder to be involved in a wide range of innovative research across the School of Biological Sciences, which has a broad interests including animal, human, plant and microbial science. The job-holder may work simultaneously on up to 2-3 projects across multiple Departments; each project will be reviewed to determine in advance the level of work required.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a biological discipline or equivalent experience. Research experience with sufficient breadth of knowledge in laboratory research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes in the School of Biological Science is essential (e.g., expertise of biochemistry and molecular and cell biology); however, detailed, in-depth subject area knowledge is not necessary. The successful candidate will be expected to undergo training in new techniques.

We expect the candidate to have excellent written and oral communication skills as well as the ability to clearly present technical and conceptual information both verbally and in writing. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and adaptable to change, capable of managing their own workload. A proactive attitude towards trouble-shooting and moving projects forward in collaboration with others is essential in order to be successful in this post, as is handling a diverse lab workload and running multiple projects concurrently.

While this is a full-time equivalent role, it could be carried out either by one person working full time or 2 people working 50% time, therefore applications from those seeking to work part-time are welcomed.

This is a limited term appointment with funding for this post expected to be available for a period of 24 months in the first instance.

A full job specification and role requirements can be found attached to this vacancy.

Closing date for applications is 1st September 2024. Interviews will be held on 12th and 13th September 2024.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR team: hr@phar.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PL42163 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the position of Research Associate, based in the Department of Psychology.

This post-doctoral position will be placed within a collaborative research program titled 'Molecules to Health Records' and involves a collaboration with the Sanger Institute, University of Oxford and University College London. The overarching aim for this project is to gain major new insights into the underlying causes and biology of diseases by bringing together on a grand scale multimodal information on genomics, other molecular traits, and high-resolution imaging and electronic health records (EHRs). The project will help unlock the potential of major global investments in large-scale molecular bioresources of populations and patients.

This specific post will lead on the integrating of clinical neuroimaging, genetics and education records, with a principal focus on driving methodological innovation in imaging genomic integration and deployment and validation of clinical neuroimaging analytics.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2027 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check.

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Informal discussions about the post are welcomed, please contact Richard Bethlehem rb643@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PJ42142 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant (Sinha Lab) (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited from enthusiastic, motivated and experienced Research Associates to join the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute to work with Dr Johannes Bargehr in the Sinha group. This post is funded by a BHF Intermediate Clinical Research Fellowship and will run for 4 years. Dr Bargehr uses human pluripotent stem cells to generate cardiovascular cells to treat damaged hearts (Bargehr et al. Nature Biotech 2019;37:895-906). This project will make use of immunomodulatory strategies to make stem cell therapy more efficacious and prepare it for clinical translation.

The successful candidate will support the smooth running of tissue culture activities and carry out research studies on animals as part of wider research activities. Duties will include performing experimental procedures, tissue culture of pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiovascular cells such as beating cardiomyocytes, QRT-PCR, flowcytometry, immunohistochemistry, stock maintenance, planning and record keeping. There is also an opportunity to conduct experimentation alone or in collaboration for individual and/or collaborative research projects; including helping with the planning and design of experiments, and collection and analysis of data. They will also assist with housekeeping and safety in the research laboratories and liaise regularly with their line managers, PI and other lab members.

The ideal candidate will have a BSc, or higher, in a biological subject, together with experience in areas of relevance to the research group. Excellent organisational skills and the ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently, are also essential, along with having a high degree of precision and accuracy and communication skills. The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is the largest Stem Cell Institute in Europe and a world-leading centre for stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Scientists collaborate to advance our knowledge of stem cell biology and tissue repair and to perform pioneering work in translational research areas, providing the foundation for new medical treatments including those for the damaged heart. The institute boasts a large number of core facilities, including an imaging, flow cytometry and histology facility.

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

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

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Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and a CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for applications is: 1st September 2024

The interview date for the role is: 9th September 2024

Please quote reference PS42147 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position in innate immunity to start in September 2024.

The successful candidate will join the laboratories of Dr Brian Ferguson (https://www.fergusonlab.path.cam.ac.uk/) and Professor Clare Bryant in a BBSRC-funded project to investigate the innate immune responses in livestock animals affected by the zoonotic disease, Q fever.

The post will held within the Departments of Pathology and Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge and can involve travel to collaborative laboratories in India.

The candidate should have completed a PhD** level degree in immunology, cell biology, biochemistry or a closely related field and have a proven track record of success in biomedical research. In addition, it would be advantageous if the candidate had demonstrable wet-lab research experience and a particular interest in innate immunity. Experience in the following is desirable but non-essential: cell culture, CRISPR editing, western blot, RNA-seq, proteomics, infection biology.

** Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Successful applicants should have strong written and oral communication skills as well as the ability to supervise students. They will be expected to design and carry out research both independently and as part of a team. The successful applicants will become an integral and valued member of a multi-disciplinary, dynamic and sociable research group.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 16th June 2027 subject to a satisfactory 6-month probation period.

The closing date for all applications is 30th July and interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Brian Ferguson (bf234@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference PK42131 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

We are recruiting for a research assistant based at the OpenPlant Laboratory in Cambridge in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and directed by Prof. Jim Haseloff.

The appointee will help develop new approaches to bioproduction in the model liverwort plant Marchantia polymorpha. Work with Marchantia allows streamlined approaches to genome modification, cell dynamics and morphogenetic engineering. The planned work includes use of a collection of synthetic gene elements designed for engineering the Marchantia chloroplast genome. These allow hyper-expression of proteins in transgenic plants, and we are developing hydroponic systems for large-scale, soil-free propagation of plants, and low-cost downstream processing of plant extracts for purification of recombinant proteins at scale. We are looking for a highly motivated appointee to work in this area. The position is available as a full-time position until the 13th of February 2026.

The successful candidate will have a background in plant molecular biology or synthetic biology, including work experience or a degree in a relevant area. Experience with plant culture, DNA manipulation, plant molecular biology or microscopy will be advantageous.

OpenPlant is focused on the development of open foundational technologies for plant synthetic biology and their application for engineering new traits in crop systems. The initiative promotes two-tier intellectual property models to accelerate innovation, global sharing and responsible innovation (https://www.openplant.org). The OpenBioMAPS project aims to provide open source tools to foster innovation for startups and SMEs in the UK.

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.

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

Please quote reference PD42117 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Associate, based in the Department of Psychology.

This project, funded by a Springboard Award from the Academy of Medical Sciences, will explore the usage of normative models (specifically human brain charts; Bethlehem, Seidlitz, White et al, 2022, Nature) for patient stratification and prognostication in an ongoing memory clinic cohort with health records linkage.

The post-doctoral researcher will take the lead in developing data-driven patient stratification approaches from neuroimaging and health record data alongside exploring predictive approaches to longitudinal outcomes. While data collection in ongoing there is already available data through the Lifespan Brain Chart Consortium, in which the candidate will be embedded, to hit the ground running on data analytics.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2026 in the first instance.

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Informal discussions about the post are welcomed, please contact Richard Bethlehem rb643@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PJ42129 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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