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Current jobs in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge.
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Higher Education Technician Apprentice (Fixed Term)

Tue, 04/06/2024 - 00:00

The Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience (PDN) is seeking an enthusiastic Higher Education Technician Apprentice from September 2024. This is an exciting opportunity to join our team at the University of Cambridge.

The Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience delivers over half of the teaching requirements for the first two years of the Medicine and Veterinary Medicine courses, as well as three large courses available to first and second year science students following the Natural Sciences Tripos at Cambridge. All of these undergraduate courses involve hands-on practical experimental work by the students in the Department's four teaching classrooms. The Apprentice will be part of the Departmental Teaching team, who provide technical support for teaching and research, and will study the Education Technician Level 3 qualification.

You will be a great team player who has good organisation and time management skills. The successful candidate will have good communication and interpersonal skills, as well as good attention to detail. Due to the nature of this role, the role holder should have a good level of physical fitness.

What you'll do in a working day

  • Assist in the preparation of classrooms, including setting up equipment and teaching materials, clearing up, documenting student activities.
  • Safely demonstrate to students how to operate simple and more complex equipment or a techniques.
  • Collection of data, documentation and resources.
  • Maintenance of learning spaces, to ensure health & safety protocols are followed.
  • Undertake and maintain stock control including the management of stock records, procurement, equipment inventory, safe receipt, delivery, handling and storage of goods and consumables.
  • Generation and maintenance of risk assessments, standard operating procedures and COSHH forms.
  • Monitor air quality.
  • Care of preserved 'prosected' tissue used for teaching.
  • Organise and catalogue dry learning materials, radiographs, museum pots, bones, plastinated specimens and online resources.
  • Museum curation, with a focus on student accessibility.
  • Learn about the general workings of a University.

The training you will be getting

Through the training provider, CSR Scientific Training, you will undertake a Level 3 Education Technician Apprenticeship which will include:

  • Fully recognised apprenticeship qualification - Level 3 Education Technician
  • On-the-job competency training
  • IOSH Working Safely qualification

Fixed-term: 27 months.

All applications for this vacancy are being handled by the training provider for this apprenticeship, CSR Scientific Training. Please follow this link to the national apprenticeship website to apply: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/1000255325.

Closing Date: 30 June 2024. Interviews are expected to take place in July 2024.

Please quote reference PM41748 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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Higher Education Technician Apprentice (Fixed Term)

Tue, 04/06/2024 - 00:00

The Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience (PDN) is seeking an enthusiastic Higher Education Technician Apprentice from September 2024. This is an exciting opportunity to join our team at the University of Cambridge.

The Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience delivers over half of the teaching requirements for the first two years of the Medicine and Veterinary Medicine courses, as well as three large courses available to first and second year science students following the Natural Sciences Tripos at Cambridge. All of these undergraduate courses involve hands-on practical experimental work by the students in the Department's four teaching classrooms. The Apprentice will be part of the Departmental Teaching team, who provide technical support for teaching and research, and will study the Education Technician Level 3 qualification.

You will be a great team player who has good organisation and time management skills. The successful candidate will have good communication and interpersonal skills, as well as good attention to detail. Due to the nature of this role, the role holder should have a good level of physical fitness.

What you'll do in a working day

  • Assist in the preparation of classrooms, including setting up equipment and teaching materials, clearing up, documenting student activities.
  • Safely demonstrate to students how to operate simple and more complex equipment or a techniques.
  • Collection of data, documentation and resources.
  • Maintenance of learning spaces, to ensure health & safety protocols are followed.
  • Undertake and maintain stock control including the management of stock records, procurement, equipment inventory, safe receipt, delivery, handling and storage of goods and consumables.
  • Generation and maintenance of risk assessments, standard operating procedures and COSHH forms.
  • Monitor air quality.
  • Care of preserved 'prosected' tissue used for teaching.
  • Organise and catalogue dry learning materials, radiographs, museum pots, bones, plastinated specimens and online resources.
  • Museum curation, with a focus on student accessibility.
  • Learn about the general workings of a University.

The training you will be getting

Through the training provider, CSR Scientific Training, you will undertake a Level 3 Education Technician Apprenticeship which will include:

  • Fully recognised apprenticeship qualification - Level 3 Education Technician
  • On-the-job competency training
  • IOSH Working Safely qualification

Fixed-term: 27 months.

All applications for this vacancy are being handled by the training provider for this apprenticeship, CSR Scientific Training. Please follow this link to the national apprenticeship website to apply: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/1000255325.

Closing Date: 30 June 2024. Interviews are expected to take place in July 2024.

Please quote reference PM41748 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Fri, 24/05/2024 - 00:00

The Scarpa lab is a cell and developmental biology research team based in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. We are passionate about understanding how cells move and divide within complex in vivo tissue environments, and we use Zebrafish embryology, live imaging and mechanical perturbations to address these exciting scientific questions. We are a recently established lab, and our team has included people from 4 continents so far. We are enthusiastic, inclusive and we think diversity is key to drive and develop new ideas in science.

We are looking for a Research Associate to investigate the role of tissue-scale confinement during in vivo and in vitro Zebrafish neural crest cell migration. The role holder will develop new techniques to culture and confine Zebrafish neural crest cells in vitro, and carry out live imaging and quantitative analysis of neural crest cell migration in vivo.

In vivo, cells migrate through tight spaces and may undergo division in crowded environments, both in physiological and pathological contexts, for example during immune cells diapedesis or cancer cell dissemination. These phenomena are difficult to observe in vivo, especially in mammalian models. Key studies in the field have largely exploited in vitro systems, for example culturing cells in 3D collagen matrices or microfabrication of PDMS microchannels, to mimic interstitial confining environments. From this wealth of work, it has become clear that cells experiencing physical confinement during cell migration suffer mechanical stress. This causes deformation of the largest organelle, the nucleus, and loss of nuclear integrity, thus inducing DNA damage. Physical compression can even promote genetic diversity in cancer cells. In addition, when cells in culture undergo mitosis under mechanical compression, they show extensive cortical blebbing and suffer division defects. Together, these findings show that mechanical stress negatively impacts the integrity of the genome and this has been proposed to underlie cancer initiation and progression. However, the consequences of mechanical compression on cells during in vivo cell migration remain so far unexplored.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a biological subject, with knowledge of Zebrafish trunk neural crest embryology, cell biology, genetics. They will have experience with Zebrafish embryology and microinjection techniques, live imaging of Zebrafish embryos and embryo dissociation and FACS sorting. Please refer to the Further Particulars for a full list of the essential skills and experience required for the role.

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Elena Scarpa (es697@cam.ac.uk).

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

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

Apply

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

To apply for this post, please submit a CV, and a motivation letter detailing why you want to be part of this project and how this post will be a good stepping-stone for your career. We also need the contact details for two people who can provide a professional reference.

The closing date for applications is 7 June 2024.

Please quote reference PM41833 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Facilities & Operations Manager (Fixed Term) Secondment Opportunity, Internal Applicants Only

Thu, 23/05/2024 - 00:00

The post is offered to internal candidates only on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We are looking for a senior manager to provide additional, temporary support and leadership for our facilities team as we embark on an ambitious programme of refurbishment. You will be an integral member of the senior management team with shared responsibility for the management of the physical infrastructure and facilities in the Anatomy and Physiology Buildings, and associated staff. There is also the opportunity to take forward specific projects to further cross-department collaboration in the School of Biological Sciences, including projects to strengthen business continuity planning and management. The role requires onsite working most of the time, including daily interactions with a wide range of professional services staff, academics, students, and contractors.

We are seeking a versatile individual with excellent organisational, communication, and problem solving skills as well as a collaborative and hands-on approach to their work. The role requires experience of building management and/or operations management, and significant staff management experience.

Please refer to the Further Particulars for a full list of the essential skills and experience required for the role.

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

Our preference is for full-time working (37 hpw) however we would welcome inquiries from applicants seeking to work less than full-time.

Olivia Speed, Departmental Administrator, would be pleased to discuss the role informally with prospective applicants (pdnadmin@pdn.cam.ac.uk).

Apply

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

On the online form, in the suitability for the role section, you should explain the reasons for your application and how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements of the role. Please also include in your application a short statement on what Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity means to you. The full contact details for two referees should be provided; please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage, unless you indicate otherwise in the space provided on the form.

Closing date: 16 June 2024.

Interviews are expected to be held at the end of June.

Please quote reference PM41779 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience encourages women and candidates from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy.

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Facilities & Operations Manager (Fixed Term) Secondment Opportunity, Internal Applicants Only

Thu, 23/05/2024 - 00:00

The post is offered to internal candidates only on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We are looking for a senior manager to provide additional, temporary support and leadership for our facilities team as we embark on an ambitious programme of refurbishment. You will be an integral member of the senior management team with shared responsibility for the management of the physical infrastructure and facilities in the Anatomy and Physiology Buildings, and associated staff. There is also the opportunity to take forward specific projects to further cross-department collaboration in the School of Biological Sciences, including projects to strengthen business continuity planning and management. The role requires onsite working most of the time, including daily interactions with a wide range of professional services staff, academics, students, and contractors.

We are seeking a versatile individual with excellent organisational, communication, and problem solving skills as well as a collaborative and hands-on approach to their work. The role requires experience of building management and/or operations management, and significant staff management experience.

Please refer to the Further Particulars for a full list of the essential skills and experience required for the role.

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

Our preference is for full-time working (37 hpw) however we would welcome inquiries from applicants seeking to work less than full-time.

Olivia Speed, Departmental Administrator, would be pleased to discuss the role informally with prospective applicants (pdnadmin@pdn.cam.ac.uk).

Apply

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

On the online form, in the suitability for the role section, you should explain the reasons for your application and how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements of the role. Please also include in your application a short statement on what Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity means to you. The full contact details for two referees should be provided; please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage, unless you indicate otherwise in the space provided on the form.

Closing date: 16 June 2024.

Interviews are expected to be held at the end of June.

Please quote reference PM41779 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience encourages women and candidates from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy.

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Building Services Technician (Fixed Term)

Mon, 20/05/2024 - 00:00

An opportunity has arisen for a versatile Building Services Technician to join our friendly facilities team in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, providing an efficient and reliable service to our buildings located in central Cambridge.

The role holder will provide day to day maintenance across our two buildings which consist of laboratories, classrooms, offices and lecture theatres. The role holder will support the team with planned and reactive maintenance of our buildings to ensure the provision of a safe, legal and compliant working environment. This will include the maintenance and monitoring of heating, plumbing, and ventilation systems, dealing with gas canisters, general building infrastructure repairs, assisting with the installation of equipment, electrical testing and portering. The role will also include work which could be part of a refurbishment or remodelling and would include painting, carpentry, metal work and the installation of electrical and cabling trunking.

The successful candidate will have good organisational and prioritising skills, as well as excellent problem solving and fault finding skills. A flexible working approach is a must and you should have good interpersonal, team-working and customer service skills. You will have experience in a maintenance role, and whilst experience in a University or laboratory environment would be advantageous, it is not essential and training will be given.

Informal enquiries about the role and working at the University are encouraged, and these can be directed to Tracey Flack, pdnhr@pdn.cam.ac.uk.

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

The position is offered on a full-time basis, although we welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working (minimum 30 hpw).

Apply:

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

On the online form, in the suitability for the role section, you should explain the reasons for your application and how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements of the role. The full contact details for two professional referees should be provided, one of who should be your most recent line manager. Please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage, unless you indicate otherwise in the space provided on the form.

The closing date for applications is 10 June 2024.

Please quote reference PM41726 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience particularly encourages women and candidates from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy.

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Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Wed, 08/05/2024 - 00:00

The Keays Lab is a neuroscience group based in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. Our goal is to identify the molecules, cells and circuits that underlie the magnetic sense in pigeons. To achieve this we employ an iDISCO based assay coupled with light sheet microscopy that assesses neuronal activation within the pigeon brain, following exposure to magnetic fields. These experiments have confirmed that magnetic stimuli results in the activation of neurons in the vestibular nuclei, implicating the inner ear of pigeons in the magnetic sense. We have shown experimentally and by physical calculations that magnetic stimulation can induce electric fields in the pigeon semi-circular canals that are within the physiological range of known electroreceptive systems. This in turn led to the discovery of a splice isoform of a voltage-gated calcium channel (CaV1.3) in the pigeon inner ear that has been shown to mediate electroreception in skates and sharks (Nimpf et al, Current Biology 2019). These data have led us to propose that pigeons detect magnetic fields by electromagnetic induction within the semi-circular canals that is dependent on the presence of apically located voltage-gated cation channels in a population of electrosensory hair cells. Critically to this model is sampling of the magnetic field by head scanning behaviour. We are looking to appoint a part time (8 hours per week, 0.22 FTE) Research Assistant to assist with ongoing experiments that test this hypothesis.

We are looking for a part time research assistant to help with experiments and the analysis of data. This position will be based in Cambridge, however, the applicant should be prepared to spent time at our sister lab at LMU Germany. The position is funded by the European Research Council (ERC). We are looking for a passionate neuroscientist with an interest in systemic neuroscience, sensory biology, and/or inner ear function. Existing experience with software packages such as DeepLabCut, BombCell, ImageJ, and tools for quantitative analysis would be advantageous. The successful applicant will join a diverse and vibrant group, where team work is highly valued.

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to David Keays dak55@cam.ac.uk.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

To apply for this post, please submit a CV, motivation letter detailing why you want to be part of this project and how this post will be a good stepping-stone for your career. We also need the contact details for two people who can provide a professional reference.

The closing date for applications is 22nd May 2024.

Please quote reference PM41579 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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Property Maintenance Apprentice

Thu, 02/05/2024 - 00:00

The Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience (PDN) is seeking an enthusiastic Property Maintenance Apprentice from September 2024. This is an exciting opportunity to join our team at the University of Cambridge providing day to day maintenance.

The Apprentice will be part of the Departmental Facilities team and will study the PMO level 2 qualification. The team manages the maintenance and facilities across two buildings which consist of laboratories, classrooms, offices & lecture theatres. You will undertake training & increasingly over the apprenticeship, respond to breakdowns, perform preventive maintenance tasks and minor installation work.

You will be a great team player who has good organisation and time management skills. Due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate should have a good level of physical fitness.

What you'll do in a working day

  • Learn basic skills of 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 supervisor, applying new skills as appropriate
  • Be involved with the general maintenance of the fabric of the building, including painting, minor carpentry work, installation of benching and flooring.
  • Undertake preventive maintenance tasks such as air filters and drive belt changes, water temperature checks and fume hood inspections

The training you will be getting

The practical training period of the Property Maintenance Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship is the time dedicated to the development of the knowledge, skills, and behaviours for which includes the following components:

  • A Property Maintenance Operative Apprenticeship at Level 2
  • On-programme assignments and practical assessments
  • Workplace portfolio of evidence
  • English and maths at Level 2 must be achieved
  • Day release at Cambridge campus and working alongside qualified, friendly and a small team of professionally trained/ experienced in Property Maintenance

Fixed-term: 27 months.

Apply

All applications for this vacancy are being handled by the training provider for this apprenticeship, Cambridge Regional College. Please follow this link to the national apprenticeship website to apply: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/1000247990.

Closing Date: 30 May 2024. Interviews are expected to take place in June 2024.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Fri, 19/04/2024 - 00:00

The Cardona Lab are pleased to invite applications for the position of Research Associate in the Experimental and Comparative Connectomics Laboratory. The primary purpose of the role is to support the research of Dr Albert Cardona, whose lab is interested in the neural circuit basis of behaviour. For details of recent projects in the lab, see https://tinyurl.com/cardonalabpubs . For a description of the lab's focus see https://www.pdn.cam.ac.uk/directory/albert-cardona.

The post holder will have a neuroscience background, with a PhD in neuroscience or a very closely related discipline. They will have experience with sample preparation for electron microscopy (EM), trimming resin blocks and mounting them for imaging in block-face and for serial sectioning and imaging with transmission EM, imaging at both electron microscopy and light-sheet laser-scanning microscopy, neuron reconstruction from electron microscopy, and analysis of neural activity imaging data.

Fixed Term: the funds for this post are available until 31 December 2025.

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Albert Cardona (ac2040@cam.ac.uk).

Apply

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please submit a CV and a covering letter detailing why you want to be part of this project and how this post will be a good stepping-stone for your career. We also need the contact details for two people who can provide a professional reference.

The closing date for applications is 3 May 2024.

Please quote reference PM41386 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience particularly encourages women and candidates from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy.

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Laboratory Technician (Fixed Term)

Tue, 09/04/2024 - 00:00

The Galliano laboratory ((https://gallianolab.org/)is a recently-funded neuroscience group based at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. Our research focuses on investigating how brain cells change in response to altered sensory inputs, and how such changes in brain cells underpin adaptation, learning and memory at the behavioural level. We use mice as model systems, and we probe the brain networks that encode their sense of smell. We are an inclusive, diverse and welcoming group, committed to mentoring and supporting the career development of all members. We believe in open-science, and all members are encouraged to participate in science outreach activities.

Project summary We are seeking a highly motivated, proactive, and enthusiastic laboratory technician to assist in managing our expanding research operations. We will provide comprehensive mentoring and career development opportunities to facilitate your technical and managerial growth.

You will be responsible for operational running of the laboratory and support core experimental activities. You will serve as the primary manager for our histology and microscopy suites, as well as our animal colony. Responsibilities will include managing our animal colony, inventory and stock management, procurement of equipment and consumables (including forecasting use). You will be responsible for maintenance of lab equipment, schedule services and coordinate technician visits, and you will act as point of contact for health and safety and operational matters including oversight of laboratory health and safety training and documentation. You will assist in training undergraduate project students, and you will contribute to the operational strategy for the lab and in scientific discussions. Attention to detail is essential, along with collaborative teamwork skills, and outstanding multitasking and time management abilities.

Key experience and competencies Candidates should: -Be educated to a BSc level or higher within a life sciences discipline. -Have 2+ years of experience in industrial or academic research setting. -Have a track record of overseeing and managing laboratory operations either in an industry or academic laboratory. - Have experience in managing animal colonies, orders, inventory and laboratory health and safety. -Be open-minded, creative, self-propelling, and have excellent communication skills. -Have a genuine interest in supporting neuroscience research in a long-term role. -Be able to work independently and also capable of collaborating within a group. -Ideally be experienced in histology and microscopy, and/or rodent surgery. -Ideally have studied neurobiology, or have worked in neuroscience labs.

Contract terms We have funding available for a full-time 6-year contract, in the first instance. This is strictly a non-remote post, however, we are open to discussing part-time work arrangements to accommodate individual circumstances (e.g., at 80% FTE). The post is available from October 2024 onwards.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please provide in your application under Suitability for the Role an explanation as to how you meet the job requirements, what you would bring to the group, how your work philosophy aligns to our lab's values (see: https://gallianolab.org/how-we-operate/), and why this post would be an ideal fit for your career plan. Please include any mentoring of students, public engagement or specific technical training you have completed. We will also need the contact details of two individuals who can serve as references.

The application deadline is 30th April 2024, and we aim to hold Zoom interviews for shortlisted candidates between 6th and 9th May 2024. The top candidate(s) will then be invited to a final in person interview.

Please quote reference PM41227 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Accounts Apprentice

Mon, 08/04/2024 - 00:00

The Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience (PDN) is seeking an enthusiastic and proactive Accounts Apprentice from September 2024, to assist in the administration of accounts and maintain financial records within the department, in order to contribute to the management of departmental finances.

Becoming an apprentice at the University of Cambridge is a great opportunity to gain practical experience and training in a Higher Education Institution, while completing your studies. The Apprentice will be a part of the departmental Finance team and will study the AAT Level 3 qualification while learning about the various Accounting functions including Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. You will learn on the job by working with experienced finance professionals and you will contribute to the daily organisational tasks of a highly successful finance function within the Department.

The successful applicant will possess good numeracy, IT and communication skills and be able to work effectively within a small team. Close attention to detail and a high level of accuracy are essential along with good organisational and time management abilities.

Full details about the role can be found in the Further Particulars.

Informal queries about this position may be directed to Lorna Goffee-Palser, lg369@cam.ac.uk.

Fixed-term: 18 months. After completing your AAT Level 3, we will continue your training to AAT Level 4.

All applications for this vacancy are being handled by the training provider for this apprenticeship, First Intuition. Please follow this link to the national apprenticeship website to apply: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/1000241758.

Closing Date: 26 April 2024. Interviews are expected to take place in May 2024.

Please quote reference PM41041 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Tue, 26/03/2024 - 00:00

Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (https://www.pdn.cam.ac.uk/), University of Cambridge.

The position involves investigating the organisation and function of neural circuits underlying spatial orientation and self-motion perception, funded by the Wellcome Trust. The project provides the opportunity to integrate behaviour, electrophysiology, calcium imaging, and circuit manipulation across thalamic and cortical networks involved in navigation, using the mouse model. For more information about the lab's research questions and approaches, please visit https://www.keshavarzilab.com/.

Key Experience and Competencies:

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with prior experience in cellular or systems neuroscience research.

Essential criteria include:

  • A first-class degree (or equivalent) in neuroscience, engineering, biology, or other relevant disciplines.
  • Proficient programming skills (Matlab, Python) for the control and analysis of behavioral and neurophysiological experiments.
  • A solid knowledge of neurobiology with critical thinking abilities.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both verbal and written.
  • A clear interest in the lab's research program.

Preference will be given to candidates who additionally demonstrate:

  • Experimental expertise in any of the following techniques: electrophysiology, calcium imaging, quantitative animal behavior, stereotactic surgery.
  • Willingness to pursue a PhD in our lab and apply to the department's PhD program in 2024.

Role summary:

The role involves developing and conducting novel behavioural experiments to study spatial orientation abilities in mice, recording neural activity using electrophysiology and/or calcium imaging techniques, manipulating specific circuits and cell types with opto- and chemogenetics, as well as designing and performing data analysis.

The research assistant will join a multidisciplinary research environment, closely interacting with other circuit/systems neuroscience groups. Regular seminars held at the department and various scientific and networking events organised by the Cambridge Neuroscience Network will further provide excellent opportunities for scientific discussion and networking with fellow researchers and the wider neuroscience community.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please submit a CV, including your overall grade for each higher education degree, and a cover letter addressing the following:

  • Your motivation for joining the lab.
  • How your research skills align with the job description.
  • Your research ambitions and career goals.

Please provide the contact details of two individuals who can serve as references.

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2024. Please note that we will be reviewing applications on a regular basis. We reserve the right to close the position early once the available position is filled.

The post is available from September 2024 onwards for one year in the first instance.

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Sepiedeh Keshavarzi (sk2244@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference PM41068 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Laboratory Technician Trainee Technician (Fixed Term)

Tue, 05/03/2024 - 00:00

Applications are invited for the position of Research Laboratory Technician to join the group of Professor Magda Zernicka-Goetz. Professor Zernicka-Goetz's group's long term research goal is to understand the development of cell lineages and patterning in the early mammalian embryo.

The ideal candidate will be educated to A' level or NVQ level 3 in a biological or other related subject and/or relevant laboratory experience in molecular biology, including genetics/genomics. He/She will have a good understanding of molecular biology and excellent general laboratory skills. The candidate should have meticulous documentation and note-keeping skills and be able to manage their time and work effectively. Good communication skills and the ability to work effectively within a team are essential.

The role will support the research of Professor Magda Zernicka-Goetz's group. There are 10 group members excluding Professor Zernicka-Goetz, all of whom are research staff. The post will provide basic laboratory support, molecular biology techniques, genotyping of mice, laboratory housekeeping, looking after simple laboratory equipment, passing on knowledge to graduate students. There will also be some administrative tasks including making travel arrangements for the Principal Investigator.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2024.

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On the online form, in the suitability for the role section, you should explain the reasons for your application and how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements of the role. The full contact details for two referees should be provided; please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage, unless you indicate otherwise in the space provided on the form.

Closing date: 22 March 2024.

Please quote reference PM40777 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience particularly encourages women and candidates from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy.

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Technical Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Tue, 27/02/2024 - 00:00

The Niakan Lab at University of Cambridge is seeking a technical assistant to join our team. This post will support pioneering research projects to provide fundamental insights into human biology. The primary responsibility of this position is to collect bovine ovaries from an abattoir and bring them back to our lab in Cambridge.

The candidate must be able to work independently and follow a strict schedule. They will have a good level of oral communication, a high standard of English, and the ability to give and receive written and verbal instructions. A high attention to detail is a must. The successful candidate will have a good general education or equivalent level of practical experience and will require a valid driver's license. All training will be provided on the job and it is a great opportunity to learn skills in a scientific laboratory.

This post is part time, fixed term for 6 months. The hours of work will be 8.30am - 12:00pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week.

For Informal enquiries, please contact niakan-lab-manager@pdn.cam.ac.uk. For queries about the application process please contact pdnhr@pdn.cam.ac.uk.

For this position, the University Real Living Wage (RLW) supplement applies, which sets the minimum rate of pay at £12 per hour.

Apply:

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

On the online form, in the suitability for the role section, you should explain the reasons for your application and how you match the requirements of the role. The full contact details for two professional referees should be provided; please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage, unless you indicate otherwise in the space provided on the form.

Closing date: 20 March 2024.

Please quote reference PM40677 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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