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Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Aug 19, 2016.

We are looking for a research assistant to work with Prof. William Sutherland and Dr Rebecca Smith on the Conservation Evidence project in the Conservation Science Group. 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 interventions for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services and providing relevant studies to authors developing synopses.

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.

Position is to start on 14 November 2016 or as soon as possible.

Essential required skills

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

Detailed understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem services

Experience of administration work

Good general understanding of experimental design

Fluent at writing in English

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

Experience of organising meetings/workshops

Experience of database design and management

Duties and responsibilities

Maintaining the Conservation Evidence Website

Compiling databases of relevant literature on the effectiveness of conservation interventions

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

Communicating with Publishers

Organizing logistics for workshops, meetings and conferences

Maintaining databases of expenditure on budgets

This position is part-time: 4 days a week (29.6 hours per week) in years 1-3 (annual renewal subject to availability of funds) and 2.5 days a week (18.5 hours per week) in years 4-5 (annual renewal subject to availability of funds).

Interview date: likely to be 6th October 2016.

Fixed-term: The grant funding this position is run on an annual basis until 30th June 2021. The position is therefore initially available until 30th June 2017, with likely annual extensions until up to 30 June 2021 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 PF09737 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

Research Assistant x 4 (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Aug 29, 2016.

Up to four research assistant posts are available in the newly established Drosophila connectomics group headed by Greg Jefferis and Matthias Landgraf . The positions are funded by a £3.25M Wellcome Trust collaborative award to the Department of Zoology. Start date is 10th October 2016 or as soon as possible.

The research project is in collaboration with co-applicants from HHMI Janelia Research Campus in the US (Gerry Rubin, Davi Bock), the MRC LMB in Cambridge and the University of Oxford Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (Scott Waddell). The project will reconstruct neurons and their connections from a recently completed electron microscopy (EM) volume of a whole adult fly brain. This will enable a comprehensive understanding of the neural circuits basis of memory storage and retrieval.

You will work in a highly collaborative team using web-based software to trace neuronal structures and connections. Sophisticated data analysis tools will be used to identify traced neurons and to analyse their organisational logic. Experienced senior staff will give full training in neuron tracing, data analysis and the required Drosophila neuroanatomy. We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a background in biological or physical/computational sciences and a long-term interest in understanding the circuit basis of brain function and behaviour. In exchange we will work to develop your research skills and scientific independence. You will be expected to contribute directly to scientific publications and to present your work at UK and international conferences. This is an opportunity to join at the very beginning of one of the first large scale connectomics efforts that will have a major impact on circuit neuroscience.

Essential Experience/Attributes

· Relevant BSc, or equivalent, to a good level in an appropriate subject (e.g. neuroscience, biological sciences or computer science/physical sciences).

· Basic understanding of neuroscience

· Strong desire to understand circuit basis of brain function and behaviour

· Good communication skills (written and oral)

· Ability to work in a team

· Attention to detail

Desirable

· Formal coursework in neuroscience

· Prior research experience

· Experience in analysing neural circuits

· Experience working with electron microscopy data

· Experience with Drosophila

· Experience with computer programming / scripting / data analysis (e.g. R, Matlab, Python, unix shell)

· Experience with Image Processing (e.g. Fiji / ImageJ)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months 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 PF09981 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 (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Aug 05, 2016.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work with Prof. William Sutherland and Dr Rebecca Smith on the Conservation Evidence project in the Conservation Science Group of Zoology Department located in the centre of Cambridge in David Attenborough Building. The position is to start on 1st November 2016 or as soon as possible.

Work will involve producing 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

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

Detailed knowledge of biodiversity and knowledge of ecosystem services

Good general understanding of ecological statistics and experimental design

Fluent at writing in English

Demonstrable ability to complete projects to the stage of good quality reports/publications on time

Ability to travel to meetings in the UK

Duties and responsibilities

Planning development of Conservation Evidence synopses, including forming international advisory boards, developing agreed lists of interventions and agreeing literature search methods.

Compiling databases of relevant references.

Summarising key results in plain English and producing synopses using standardized methods and formats developed by Conservation Evidence (http://conservationevidence.com/site/page?view=methods)

Completing the online synopses.

Assisting at training workshops

Interview date: likely to be 21st September 2016

Fixed-term: This grant funding this position is run on an annual basis until up to 30th June 2021. This post is therefore initially available until 30th June 2017, with a likely annual extension until up to 30 June 2021 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 PF09732 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 (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Aug 22, 2016.

Conservation Science group, Department of Zoology

Post-doctoral research associate sought for the project: "Quantifying tradeoffs between yield and environmental externalities in food production systems"

Limit of Tenure applies

A post-doctoral research associate position in the Department of Zoology, and based in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative's newly refurbished David Attenborough Building, is available from October 2016 for 12 months, to work with Professor Andrew Balmford on tradeoffs between yield and environmental externalities across a range of food production systems. This new project, which brings together partners from the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Oxford, Bangor and Bristol, the RSPB, UNEP-WCMC, Rothamsted Research, and WRAP ¿ aims to synthesize existing data on how the greenhouse gas emissions, water use, soil erosion and N and P losses of contrasting ways of producing given agricultural commodities vary with their yields.

The project will use a "supported workshop" design to assemble and analyse inputs from experts working in cereal and dairy production in western Europe, paddy rice cultivation in S and E Asia and beef production in Latin America. The resulting data will be used to test the existence of tradeoffs between yield and environmental externalities; determine whether there are exceptional, high-yield but low-footprint farming systems; and examine how far the apparent benefits to biodiversity and ES of a linked high-yielding/land-sparing approach are diminished once the costs of externalities are taken into account.

The successful applicant should have a PhD, experience of analysing the environmental externalities of farming, excellent quantitative, organisational and interpersonal skills, and a track record of communicating their research through peer-reviewed papers, presentations and workshops. Enthusiasm, determination and the capacity to work independently are also essential. Supported by the applicants and other collaborators the PDRA will refine the project's analytical framework, extract data that is already in the public domain, identify clear gaps that can be filled by collaborators prior to the workshop, coordinate workshop logistics, commission and then work with key partners on follow-up analysis and modelling, and finally lead on synthetic analysis and paper-writing.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months 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 PF09928 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Senior Maintenance Assistant

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Aug 05, 2016.

We are looking to recruit a Senior Maintenance Assistant to support the Senior Building Technician with his daily duties in the Department of Zoology.

Zoology is spread over 4 buildings and a sub dept and the successful candidate would join our Facility management team.

Duties will include painting and decorating, changing light bulbs, maintaining the access register, assisting in water testing and fire alarm testing, filling skips, putting up shelves and other light maintenance duties. The post holder will be expected to help with office and laboratory furniture moves.

A good standard of English is essential to ensure an ability to read and follow written and verbal instructions from supervisors and to understand user and safety instructions. Due to the nature of the work, you also need to have a good level of physical fitness.

You will required to work daily Monday - Friday, starting at 7.30am

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 PF09817 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.