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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Apr 07, 2016.

A position of Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher is available for three years, from 1 October 2016 until 30 September 2019, to conduct a PhD project in the Insect Biomechanics Group at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge located in Central Cambridge (http://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/departments/insect-biomechanics).

We seek candidates with an M.S. degree or equivalent in zoology, physics, or engineering, who are excited about the intersection of biology and physics. The position is funded by a grant in the EU Marie Sk¿odowska-Curie Action Programme Horizon 2020. You will be part of the BioSmart International Training Network (http://biosmarttrainee.eu), and there are many opportunities for collaborations with the other members of the programme. The PhD project aims to clarify the mechanisms of animal adhesion under wet conditions. We will compare the performance of natural adhesive systems specialized for wet conditions, with adhesives adapted for dry conditions, using a combination of biological and physical approaches.

*The salary will comprise a living allowance of € 44895.96 and a mobility allowance of €7200.00. An additional allowance of €6000.00 may be payable but is dependent on individual family circumstances

Required skills and desirable experience for the position

Essential:

MSc. degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject (e.g. zoology, physics, engineering) completed or completion imminent

Drive and enthusiasm to do research

Ability to work effectively and independently in a research team setting

Good quantitative and analytical skills, fluency in English

Good interpersonal skills

Desirable:

Research experience in an area at the interface between biology and physics (animal physiology, biomechanics, biophysics, biomimetics)

Experience in some of the following:

surface science methods (e.g. microfabrication, AFM)

programming in Matlab, R or similarlight and electron microscopy

force measurements

locomotion analysis

handling insects

field work

Eligibility:

Applicants must satisfy the eligibility requirements for ESR under the EC Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Network Programme. In particular, eligible applicants should

have less than four years of research experience after the undergraduate/ master's degree (cumulative research experience, not including management/industrial or other work experience).

not hold a PhD degree (PhD candidates under 4 years of registration and before completion may apply).

not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to their recruitment.

In case of identical qualifications, preference will be given to severely disabled candidates. The University of Cambridge values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

Duties will include: Running experiments in the laboratory or field Data collection, analysis and interpretation Preparation of manuscripts for publication Assistance in the maintenance of laboratory equipment Co-supervision of project students working on related topics Collaboration with other groups in the BioSmart Network

We will interview during week beginning 16 May 2016

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Walter Federle (wf222@cam.ac.uk)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 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 PF08339 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.

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Evolutionary Genomics

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Apr 12, 2016.

We invite applications for postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Zoology in Central Cambridge on Downing Street with Professor Chris Jiggins' research group. It is funded for up to two years, in the first instance, by the Newton Trust and a European Research Council grant and should start on 1 June 2016 or thereafter.

Specific goals of this position

The analysis will focus on a data set currently being generated using sequence capture technology to generate high coverage sequence data for a large set of ~250 individual butterflies across many populations of the species H. melpomene, H. cydno, H. timareta, H. heurippa and H. elevatus. The genome regions captured include known wing patterning genes, candidate selective sweep regions and randomly chosen 'background' scaffolds, representing about 10MB of sequence. The analysis will involve testing for selection at wing patterning loci and investigating the evolutionary history of the wing patterns. This will build on our recent work published in PLoS Biology (Wallbank, R. W. R. et al. PLoS Biol 14, e1002353) documenting the history of introgression and recombination at the optix locus. There is scope for the exact focus of the biological analyses to reflect the interests of the candidate.

Required skills and desirable experience for the position

Essential:

PhD in an appropriate subject, completed or completion imminent (e.g. bioinformatics or evolutionary genomics);

Experience with population genomics and inference of selection from genome sequence data;

Ambition and drive, strong work ethic and good interpersonal skills and an exceptional publication record;

Enthusiasm to interact with colleagues;

Ability to analyse large high throughput genome-scale sequencing datasets;

Ability to organise time and work effectively, independently and responsibly in a research team setting;

Knowledge of a programming language, such as PERL or Python.

Desirable:

Experience with analysis of population resequence data;

Previous experience of population genomics analyses;

Duties and responsibilities

Designing and carrying out genomics experiments to investigate the origins of mimicry patterns and species diversity in Heliconius;

Analyse Illumina resequence data to test for patterns of selection and evolutionary history of wing patterning loci;

Analysing and writing up the results.

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

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 PF08842 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

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Apr 11, 2016.

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 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 16 May 2016 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 appointment will be for a period of up to two years starting as soon as possible

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 PF08840 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

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Apr 11, 2016.

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 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 16 May 2016 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 appointment will be for a period of up to two years starting as soon as possible

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 PF08832 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.

Senior Building Services Technician

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Apr 20, 2016.

Senior Building Services Technician is required to work in the Department of Zoology. The department occupies space over several buildings and comprises more than 10,000m2. The post holder will work closely with the Facilities Manager and his team of 12 staff to provide technical support, maintenance and refurbishment works within all the departmental facilities as required.

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 PF08952 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.