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Museum Volunteer Coordinator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Mar 21, 2017.

The University Museum of Zoology is undertaking a major re-development project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and it is due to re-open in late 2017. We are inviting applications for a new post of Museum Volunteer Coordinator. The position is a fixed term contract funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and it is available until 31st December 2018 at the University of Cambridge.

The role is within the Museum of Zoology that contains collections designated as being of national and international importance. This post is crucial in the development and delivery of an exciting new volunteer programme at the Museum. You must be an enthusiastic person that can help the museum to deliver an excellent visitor experience and who loves to communicate and interact with a wide range of people.

Some experience of delivering volunteer training programmes within a museum environment would also be advantageous.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 27th April 2017, if you have not heard by this date please assume you have not been shortlisted.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 31 December 2018.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children and adults' barred lists) and 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 PF11750 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate: The Evolutionary Ecology Group (Fixed term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Mar 02, 2017.

We are looking for a population geneticist to work in Dr Andrea Manica's Research Group in the Department of Zoology on a project investigating localised selection in humans. This ERC funded post is available for up to 40 months, with a start date of 10 April 2017 or soon thereafter. Department of Zoology is located in Cambridge city centre, on Downing Street. Required experience / knowledge for the position Essential: - A PhD in population genetics or closely related subjects; - Experience devising and implementing population genetics models; - Advances programming skills in C++, to develop the spatial population genetics framework used by the project; - Willingness to interact with specialist from other fields, such as archaeology and climatology; - 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 strong inter-personal skills. Desirable: - Experience with analysis of whole genome data; - Experience analysing ancient genomes; - Numerical skills and statistical analysis using R or Matlab (or a similar language); - Experience in working with High Performance Computing facilities; - Background knowledge (e.g. from degree courses) of archaeology or anthropology.

Duties will include: - Developing CISGeM, in close collaboration with a climate modeller already employed by the grant; - Using CISGeM to investigate demography and selection during key episodes of the out of Africa expansion and later periods; - Interacting with archaeologists and climate modellers to help result interpretation; - Preparation of manuscripts for publication.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 40 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 PF11586 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 (Maternity Cover)

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

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher for maternity cover to work with Prof. William Sutherland on the Conservation Evidence project in the Conservation Science Group. Work will involve overseeing the production of comprehensive reviews of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of interventions for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Reviews will be conducted using methods developed by the Conservation Evidence group at Cambridge (www.conservationevidence.com).

You must have excellent writing skills and a strong interest in biodiversity. The successful candidate will work closely with the Conservation Evidence team in Cambridge, and with external synopsis authors and advisory boards. The project is funded by the MAVA Foundation.

Essential required skills

  • A PhD, or equivalent experience, in an area related to biodiversity

  • Detailed knowledge of biodiversity and knowledge of ecosystem services

  • Ability to efficiently understand and extract relevant information from scientific papers

  • Ability to write clear, concise summaries of scientific papers, quickly and accurately, using a standardized style

  • Demonstrable ability to effectively edit work to ensure it includes priority information and follows a specific protocol and style

  • Good general understanding of ecological statistics and experimental design

  • Fluent at writing in English

  • Demonstrable ability to ensure that projects are completed by collaborators to the stage of good quality reports/publications on time

  • Ability to travel to meetings in the UK

Duties and responsibilities

  • Overseeing the production of Conservation Evidence Synopses following our specific protocol. This includes overseeing the formation of international advisory boards, lists of all relevant interventions and literature search methods, and reviewing summaries of the evidence, the draft and final synopses.

  • Helping to seek and secure funding for the project.

  • Overseeing work on collaborative projects that Conservation Evidence is involved with.

Interview date: 26th April 2017

Start date: position available immediately

Fixed-term: This post is for maternity cover for up to 12 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

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 PF11784 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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Research Associate - Comparative Neurobiology (Fixed Term)

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

We invite applications for postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Zoology in Central Cambridge on Downing Street with Dr Stephen Montgomery's research group. It is funded for up to 12 months, by the Isaac Newton Trust/Wellcome Trust ISSF/University of Cambridge Joint Research Grants Scheme and should start on 1 June 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The PDRA will study the cellular basis of mushroom body expansion in Heliconius butterflies. We have recently confirmed previous reports that Heliconius have massively expanded mushroom bodies (see Montgomery et al. 2016 J. Comp. Neurol. 524 (9):1747-1769), providing a novel case study for investigating the causes and consequences of volumetric expansion of 'higher order' brain regions. We are interested in understanding the cellular basis of mushroom body expansion by investigating how the number of neurons and synaptic complexes vary with size, and by testing the hypothesis that mushroom body expansion co-occurs with changes in input to the mushroom bodies from other brain regions.

Duties will include designing and carrying out experiments to investigate the cellular changes that accompany increases in mushroom body size using multiple species of Heliconiini butterflies, and analysing and writing up the results.

The successful applicant should have a Ph.D., completed or completion imminent, in comparative neurobiology, evolutionary biology, cell/developmental biology or a related field, and a strong interest in brain and behavioural evolution. Candidates should have a good collaborative spirit, and can expect a high degree of support and assistance from the PI. Enthusiasm, determination and the capacity to work independently are also essential.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 12 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 PF11538 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.

Teaching and Graduate Administration Assistant (Maternity Cover)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Mar 08, 2017.

Applications are invited for Teaching and Graduate Administration Assistant Maternity Cover position to work in the Teaching and Graduate Office of Department of Zoology.

Zoology is a large, centrally-located Department. The Department has the highest standards in research and teaching, combined with a friendly and supportive work environment. The Teaching and Graduate Office of the Department supports the strategic and operational responsibilities of the Deputy Head of Department and the Chair of the Departmental Graduate Education Committee to assist a very large number of students, lecturers and examiners.

In this important role, you will provide support to academics, undergraduate and graduate students and assistant staff, to help ensure that all aspects of undergraduate and graduate administration in the Department run smoothly throughout the year.

We are looking for a well-organized person with great communication skills and previous office/administrative experience who can work with a high degree of accuracy, often to tight deadlines.

Maternity cover: The post is available from 1 May 2017 or soon after for 12 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

Secondment applications from internal candidates are welcomed.

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 PF11641 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.