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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Elucidating the role of the nuclear envelope in centrosome assembly

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jun 09, 2017.

Applications are invited for a BBSRC funded postdoctoral Research Associate position to join the lab of Dr. Paul Conduit in the Department of Zoology, located in central Cambridge. We study how microtubule formation is regulated in cells, including how microtubule organising centres (MTOCs) are assembled. The post-holder will use Drosophila melanogaster as an in vivo animal model system to follow up on our recent discover that the nuclear envelope may help regulate centrosome assembly. They will use CRISPR/HDR to generate a series of new fly strains, and then use advanced live-cell fluorescence imaging, including super-resolution imaging, and biochemistry to establish how the nuclear envelope helps regulate centrosome assembly. The project has important medical implications, as the misregulation of centrosome assembly has been linked with cancer progression and autosomal recessive primary microcephaly (MCPH).

The appointment will be for a period of up to three years starting 2nd October 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Duties and responsibilities:

The post-holder will be expected to participate in the dissemination of research through publications and oral presentations both within the department and at conferences. They will also be expected to help advise and possibly train other members of the lab, as and when required.

Essential skills:

  • PhD in cell/developmental biology, or be close to the completion of their degree
  • Experience in fluorescent microscopy
  • Excellent analytic, design, and scientific skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and an ability to work as part of a team
  • The ability to organise time and work effectively, independently and responsibly

Desirable skills:

  • Prior experience in Drosophila and/or centrosome biology would be beneficial;
  • Prior experience in live-cell confocal (or similar) imaging, molecular biology and basic biochemistry would be an advantage.

Applications should include a C.V. and a brief statement of your scientific background and why you would like to join the lab.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and can be addressed to Dr. Paul Conduit ptc29@cam.ac.uk.

Please see the lab website for more information on our research http://conduitlab.zoo.cam.ac.uk/."

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to three years.

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

Please quote reference PF12439 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant: Conservation Evidence Administrator (Part-time)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jun 16, 2017.

We are looking for a research associate to work with Prof. William Sutherland on the Conservation Evidence project in the Conservation Science Group and start on 14 August 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the administrative tasks required for the running of the Conservation Evidence project (www.conservationevidence.com). The job will also involve maintaining and updating a database of literature of evidence on the effectiveness of conservation interventions and providing relevant studies to authors developing synopses, and coordinating volunteers contributing to this database.

You must be organized with excellent writing skills and a strong interest in biodiversity. The successful candidate will work closely with the Conservation Evidence team in Cambridge. The project is funded by MAVA Foundation.

Essential required skills

  • Relevant BSc, MSc or equivalent, to a good level in an appropriate subject (e.g. biological science/zoology)

  • Experience of administration work

  • Fluent at writing in English

  • Ability to write clear, concise summaries of scientific information for a wide audience

  • Experience of organising meetings/workshops

  • Good general understanding of experimental design

  • Experience of database management

  • Good team worker

  • Good understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem services

Duties and responsibilities

  • Compiling databases of relevant literature on the effectiveness of conservation interventions

  • Maintaining a bibliographic database of all relevant references in collaboration with synopses authors

  • Maintaining the Conservation Evidence Website

  • Recruiting and overseeing volunteers to search the scientific literature for references to add to the Conservation Evidence database.

  • Organizing logistics for workshops, meetings and conferences

  • Carry out other general administrative duties relevant to the Conservation Evidence project

Interview date: likely to be 1st August 2017

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2018 in the first instance with a likely annual extension for an additional three years subject to availability of funds.

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

Please quote reference PF12502 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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