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School of the Biological Sciences

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Our Professional Services staff play a fundamental role in the School’s academic vision of the pursuit of education and research at the highest levels of excellence.

We are an inclusive community looking for engaged individuals to join our dynamic research and education teams. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming work environment where all staff feel valued, encouraged to develop, and supported to achieve their best.

With excellent benefits, extensive opportunities, and a stimulating environment the School of Biological Sciences is a great place to work.

Hear from our staff


Richard Sellens, Departmental Teaching Coordinator

“Working as a Departmental Teaching Coordinator in the School of Biological Sciences has been a rewarding experience, allowing me to manage my own workload, take ownership of an important element of University life, and undertake projects and tasks that really interest me. I’ve been well supported by my colleagues, enjoy day-to-day interactions with students and staff across the School and University, and am able to supplement my role with a variety of training sessions and wellbeing events.”


Keturah Smithson, Research Technician

“Managing the Cambridge Biotomography Centre in the School of Biological Sciences allows me to use my experience in imaging and my background in Zoology to provide a specialised service to researchers both within the University and externally. I love meeting people from different academic backgrounds and learning how to adapt the functions of the CT scanner to meet different research requirements. I enjoy working in a dynamic, flexible and friendly environment where professional development is supported. My team has worked hard on the expansion of the facility and my role within it and I am very grateful for that. I can also take advantage of employee benefits such as the University counselling service and the discounted sports membership.”



Zainab Yusuf, Accounts Assistant

“Working as a Finance & Accounts Assistant in the School of Biological Sciences I always feel that my development and training is prioritised by my manager. The role allows me to work with a range of friendly and supportive team members to administer the accounting of the School, it’s great working with such a variety of people in different roles. I really value how the University encourages professional development, and the flexible working policies and employee benefits are a bonus too.”

What we offer

Pay and benefits

The University salary structure includes automatic service-related pay progression in many of its grades and an annual cost of living increase. In addition to this, employees are rewarded for outstanding contribution through a number of regular pay progression schemes. Staff also benefit from a generous annual leave entitlement.

Personal and Professional Development

A dedicated team works with staff and students as well as development professionals to design, deliver and evaluate training and development opportunities. There are a range of programmes available to professional services staff, including job shadowing, mentoring, secondments and vocational qualifications. The University also offer access to wide range of training resources through LinkedIn Learning.

CAMbens Employee Benefits

The University offers employees a wide range of competitive benefits, from health care cash plans to childcare, a cycle to work scheme, to shopping and insurance discounts.


Ourcambridge developed a self-match mentoring scheme for Professional Services, where individuals support colleagues by sharing their professional knowledge and experiences, to enable that colleague to achieve their goals. The scheme offers a range of support and training tools available both to mentors and mentees.


University-led initiatives in the areas of equality, diversity and wellbeing include staff and students networks. These include the Women's Staff Network, the Disabled Staff Network, the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network, Parents and Carers and the LGBT+ Network. We also hold a wide range of Equality and Diversity events on a regular basis.


Wellbeing at Cambridge is a University-wide initiative aiming at supporting and maximising the health and wellbeing of staff. It encompasses a network of Wellbeing Advocates, who provide guidance and general signposting about wellbeing issues, including mental or physical health and Dignity @ Work concerns.

The University’s Sport Centre, Counselling Services and Occupational Health are some of the support services available to University employees to promote their physical and mental wellbeing.

Family-friendly policies

The University offer a range of family-friendly policies, including maternity, adoption and shared parental leave. In addition, workplace nurseries, childcare vouchers, a childcare salary sacrifice scheme and a high-quality holiday play scheme are available to help support University employees with caring responsibilities.

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