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Lecturer/Curator in Insect Biology (Tenure Track Position)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jul 06, 2015.

We are seeking to recruit an outstanding insect biologist to join the Department and Museum of Zoology at Cambridge. The successful candidate will combine excellence in research in some area of insect evolutionary biology, ecology or conservation science, with a commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition he/she will have the ability to engage with the work of the Museum in collections development, outreach and public engagement.

We seek a candidate with the ambition and ability to fund and lead a world-class research group. We shall be looking for an innovative research agenda that is well placed to benefit from the diverse interactions that are possible within our broadly interdisciplinary department, and from interactions with the wider University Community, including the 400 University and NGO staff of the Cambridge Conservation Centre. The appointee will take overall academic responsibility for the insect collections, working with professional collections management staff, who will undertake the routine maintenance of the collections.

The selection criteria for this post are:

Essential

An outstanding research record, documented by publication and by the demonstrated ability to attract research funding.

A broad knowledge of insect biology.

An innovative and focused research agenda in some area of insect evolutionary biology, ecology or conservation science.

The training and expertise to contribute broadly to undergraduate teaching in the area of insect evolutionary biology, ecology and/or conservation science.

Willingness to engage with the process of curation of the insect collections, and with outreach and public engagement activities.

Desirable

A programme of research that will enhance and develop the collections of the Museum.

Demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates and supervising research students.

Curatorial experience in a major research museum or comparable institution.

Taxonomic expertise relating to the Museum's insect collections.

A track record of commitment to wider responsibilities in a current or previous institution (for example, in research leadership, museum development, and/or public engagement).

The duties and responsibilities of this post will be:

To conduct research in some area of insect-based evolutionary biology, ecology and/or conservation science (50%);

To teach undergraduate and graduate students in insect evolutionary biology, ecology and/or conservation science (25%);

To take curatorial responsibility for the Museum's insect collections, and to engage in outreach and public engagement (25%).

The appointment will be from 1 October 2016 with some possibility for flexibility.

Appointment will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance.

The Department would particularly welcome applications from women as we have an historical imbalance in the number of women holding academic staff positions.

Informal enquiries are welcome and may be addressed to the Director of the Museum, Professor Paul Brakefield, pb499@cam.ac.uk / +44 1223 336659 or to the Head of Department, Professor Michael Akam, on hod@zoo.cam.ac.uk / +44 1223 336601.

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 PF06451 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.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Cell Biology of Planar Polarity

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jul 06, 2015.

Applications are invited for a post-doc position to work in José Casal and Peter A Lawrence's group to study the cell biology of planar cell polarity. Drosophila is used as a model organism.

This position is suitable for an independent-minded postdoc with knowledge and skills in live imaging, cell biology, and genetics

Required experience / knowledge for the position

Essential:

A PhD in cell biology, genetics or closely related subjects (completed or completion imminent).

Knowledge and interest in the broad field of our research.

Ability to organise time, plan ahead and to work effectively independently.

Good data handling and data analysis skills.

Good communication skills (written and oral).

Ability to work in a team and relate well with others.

An inventive mind willing and able to devise new techniques, improve existing ones and create original projects.

Proven ability to prepare scientific manuscripts of quality.

Prerequisites will include some or all of the following:

An understanding of the recent developments in fly genetic research.

Experience of live imaging,confocal microscopy and tracking multiply tagged proteins.

Experience of laser ablation techniques.

Duties and responsibilities:

Develop research objectives, projects and proposals.

Conduct individual and collaborative research projects.

Write and contribute to publications or disseminate research findings using other appropriate media.

Assess, interpret and evaluate outcomes of research .

Make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events.

Routinely communicate complex and conceptual ideas to those with limited knowledge and understanding as well as to peers.

Supervise postgraduate research students and undergraduates on short stays with us.

Mentor and coach colleagues with less experience and advise on personal development.

Supervise other researchers.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 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 PF06530 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 Research Laboratory Technician (Part Time, Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jul 07, 2015.

This part-time (18.25 hours per week) position is part of an established research group led by José Casal and Peter A Lawrence,FRS in the Department of Zoology. The postholder will be caring for stocks of the fruit fly Drosophila. This stock keeping, which is the primary duty of the postholder, is an important task requiring reliability and a meticulous approach but it is not technically demanding. Experience with Drosophila is an advantage but is not essential.

The postholder may also help make fly food. There may be opportunities to do some fly genetics and to be involved in research projects once the fly stocks have been cared for.

There can be flexibility in the working pattern.

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

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 PF06536 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.