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HR Assistant Administrator (Part Time)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 06, 2017.

Applications are invited for a part-time (18.25 hours per week) HR Assistant Administrator in the Department of Zoology.

Zoology is a large Department (c.250 staff including graduate students) located in the city centre. The Department includes an embedded Museum and a remotely-located Sub-Department.

The post-holder will support the HR and Grants Administrator in carrying out key HR processes including recruitment, induction, probation, sickness, maternity leave and others. S/he will maintain the visitors' database and will draft Visitor Agreements.

Applicants should have a good general education; previous HR or general administrative experience in a large or complex organization is desirable. They should have excellent communication skills to help them support a wide diversity of staff, students and visitors. They must be competent in using all standard IT packages including Microsoft Office. The successful candidate will be well organised with good attention to detail in recording data and checking written correspondence. S/he will be self-motivated and able to prioritise their own workload within a very busy timetable.

The post-holder will need to be committed to tact and discretion in dealing with confidential information and documents.

Interviews will take place on 6 March 2017; if you have not heard by this date please assume you have not been shortlisted.

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

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

Please quote reference PF11355 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.

Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 10, 2017.

We are looking for a full-time Research Assistant for 6 months (with the possibility to extend for a further 6 months conditional on funding) to address the potential role of tusk size in sociality in African elephants. The post holder will analyse a large database photographs of elephants in order to assess tusk size and potentially develop a classification of tusk size. They will be expected to write a thorough report on the findings and make recommendations for the further collection of data on tusk size. The post holder will also analyse demographic (mortality, fertility, population structure) data and social data obtained from field observations of elephants as data are made available from the field. All analyses will be conducted in R. Data cleaning, preparation and manipulation will be required. The post is primarily desk-based in Cambridge, although a short visit to the field site in South Africa may be possible.

The project is part of a collaboration between Dr. Hannah Mumby, a Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology and the South Africa-based non-profit organisation Elephants Alive. The successful candidate will be a graduate with a good understanding of behavioural ecology, life history and demography.

Skills in photogrammetric techniques, data management and formatting in R and demographic analysis required as well as the ability to work on aspects of the project from planning fieldwork to synthesising and summarising information for grant applications, reports and publications.

Interviews: March/April 2017, to be confirmed after the closing date

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months, with the possibility to extend for a further 6 months conditional on the allocation of funding.

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 PF11416 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.

Research Associate: Computational analyses of influenza virus evolution (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 23, 2017.

We invite applications for postdoctoral Research Associate position to join the Centre for Pathogen Evolution in the Department of Zoology, located in Central Cambridge. The appointment will be for a period of up to two years starting as soon as possible.

The research focus is to design and develop analytical, computational, and mathematical methods to understand the fundamental processes that govern the evolution of influenza viruses. The aim is to translate this understanding into the prediction of possible future antigenic variants to guide currently funded phase II clinical trials of next generation influenza vaccines. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and involves substantial global collaboration with experimental virologists, immunologists and clinicians to quantify the selection pressures on influenza viruses to better understand their evolutionary dynamics, and to inform control strategies.

The project position, which is funded by US government funding agency NIH is to start on 1 March 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience for the Role

  • PhD in an appropriate area completed or completion imminent
  • Excellent analytic, design, and scientific skills
  • Ambition, drive, strong work ethic, and good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to organise time and work effectively, independently and responsibly in a research team setting
  • Enthusiasm to interact with colleagues in a multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment
  • The ability to engage in continuing professional development and to keep relevant specialist knowledge up to date.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The responsibility of this position is to contribute to analysis and scientific understanding of pathogen evolution as a member of Professor Derek Smith's research group within the Department of Zoology.
  • 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.
  • The post holder may also be expected to advise, train, and co-supervise PhD students and other junior or visiting postdoctoral researchers within the group, and to periodically write reports for funding bodies and other supporting institutions.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 24 months.

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 PF11234 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.

Research Associate: Computational analyses of influenza virus evolution (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 23, 2017.

We invite applications for postdoctoral Research Associate position to join the Centre for Pathogen Evolution in the Department of Zoology, located in Central Cambridge. The appointment will be for a period of up to two years starting as soon as possible.

The research focus is to design and develop analytical, computational, and mathematical methods to understand the fundamental processes that govern the evolution of influenza viruses. The aim is to translate this understanding into the prediction of possible future antigenic variants to guide currently funded phase II clinical trials of next generation influenza vaccines.

Our research is highly interdisciplinary and involves substantial global collaboration with experimental virologists, immunologists and clinicians to quantify the selection pressures on influenza viruses to better understand their evolutionary dynamics, and to inform control strategies.

The project position, which is funded by US government funding agency BARDA is to start 1 March 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience for the Role

  • PhD in an appropriate area completed or completion imminent
  • Excellent analytic, design, and scientific skills
  • Ambition, drive, strong work ethic, and good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to organise time and work effectively, independently and responsibly in a research team setting
  • Enthusiasm to interact with colleagues in a multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment
  • The ability to engage in continuing professional development and to keep relevant specialist knowledge up to date.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The responsibility of this position is to contribute to analysis and scientific understanding of pathogen evolution as a member of Professor Derek Smith's research group within the Department of Zoology.
  • 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.
  • The post holder may also be expected to advise, train, and co-supervise PhD students and other junior or visiting postdoctoral researchers within the group, and to periodically write reports for funding bodies and other supporting institutions.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 24 months.

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 PF11236 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.

Postdoc on tropical deforestation, agriculture and local livelihoods

An exciting interdisciplinary 3-year postdoc project investigating the effectiveness of different interventions aimed at slowing tropical deforestation, and in particular the idea that such efforts are more likely to be effective and socially equitable where they are linked to compensatory increases in agricultural outputs outside of forests. The project will be jointly supervised by Andrew Balmford, David Coomes and Bhaskar Vira, the closing date is 6 March