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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Local adaptation in space and time (Fixed Term)

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with advanced skills in population genetics to expand a novel spatial modelling framework to test hypotheses on the drivers of local adaptation.

You will excellent coding skills in C++, and help develop additional modules for the modelling framework to cover different types of selection.

The successful candidate will join an ERC-funded project, led by Professor Andrea Manica, that aims to test hypotheses on drivers of selection for locally adapted genes in humans. The project will take advantage of a novel spatial modelling framework and paleoclimate reconstructions to disentangle complex demographies and heterogeneous selection pressures in space and time. The PDRA will work on model development, but, depending on interest and time, there will be the opportunities to be involved in the application of the models to some of the case studies.

You should hold a PhD in bioinfomatics, genetics or a relevant subject, and demonstrable skills in coding in C++. Previous experience building population genetics models, ideally with selection, is essential. You will enjoy working with a wide range of people, as part of a team, and be able to organise your time effectively.

You will work in the Department of Zoology's Evolutionary Ecology Group and work with a diverse and interdisciplinary team. The groups has weekly hackathons where postgraduate students and postdocs coordinate their work and help each other.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 28 February 2022.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Professor Andrea Manica Email: am315@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PF27497 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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Research Associate: Local adaptation in humans (Fixed Term)

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with advanced skills in bioinformatics and experience handling large datasets to contribute to a project on local adaptation in humans.

You will be an excellent team player, with enthusiasm for working with colleagues in different disciplines. The preferred start date is as soon as possible, given the short duration of the post.

The successful candidate will join an ERC-funded project, led by Professor Andrea Manica, that aims to test hypotheses on drivers of selection for locally adapted genes in humans. The project will take advantage of a novel spatial modelling framework and paleoclimate reconstructions to disentangle complex demographies and heterogeneous selection pressures in space and time. The PDRA will help with processing of published genomes (both contemporary and modern) to be used in the modelling. Depending on interest and time, there will be the opportunities to be involved in the modelling of some of the case studies.

You should hold a PhD in bioinfomatics, genetics or a relevant subject, and demonstrable skills in handling large genomic datasets (but it does not have to be on humans). Previous experience working on selection would be desirable. You will enjoy working with a wide range of people, as part of a team, and be able to organise your time effectively.

You will work in the Department of Zoology's Evolutionary Ecology Group and work with a diverse and interdisciplinary team. The groups has weekly hackathons where postgraduate students and postdocs coordinate their work and help each other.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 28 February 2022.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Professor Andrea Manica Email: am315@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PF27495 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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Teaching Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the position of Teaching Associate in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. This is an exciting new position, working closely with the Deputy Head of Department (Teaching) to maintain and develop the Department's world-class reputation for excellence in teaching.

Key duties will include the preparation and delivery of lectures and practicals, practical assessment, course organisation and supervision of student projects. Fostering and providing support for digital learning approaches in Zoology will also be a key part of this role. The role holder will play a significant role in organising and participating in one or more of four popular field courses In Zoology (three domestic and one international) held each year.

Candidates will ideally have a PhD in a relevant subject area and substantial experience in the development and delivering of teaching at University level preferably including the use of Moodle, Lecture Capture or equivalent on-line teaching resources. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral) are required to explain concepts and complex information to students, develop and encourage the commitment to learn in others and to present material to a range of audiences. The role holder will have excellent organisational skills, be able to work effectively as part of a team and play an active role in the life and work of the Zoology Department .

For full information regarding the role and responsibilities, please refer to the Further Information document accessible via the link below.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting Nick Mundy, Deputy Head of Department (Teaching) nim@zoo.cam.ac.uk.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva an286@cam.ac.uk.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

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Please quote reference PF27462 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Environmental impacts of people's diets (fixed term)

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with an understanding of conservation science and/or agriculture, a strong interest in the environmental impacts of farming, and advanced skills in data manipulation and interdisciplinary analysis.

You will be an excellent communicator, with enthusiasm for working with colleagues in different disciplines and an interest in addressing real-world problems. The preferred start date is from 1 November 2021, but there is flexibility.

The successful candidate will join the UKRI-funded Mandala programme, led by Professor Martin White at the MRC Epidemiology unit in Cambridge. This programme aims to generate evidence on urban food system transformation, in order to inform promising interventions for improving city-wide health and sustainability outcomes.

This job is to develop datasets and techniques for estimating the environmental impacts of people's diets and of large-scale interventions aimed at lessening them. The outcomes will be critical in designing and evaluating pilot interventions.

You should hold a PhD in conservation science, agriculture or another relevant subject, and demonstrable skills in data manipulation, analysis and interpretation, as well as scientific communication. Experience with Life Cycle Analyses, food production data and/or species distribution information is highly desirable, as is knowledge of the empirical literature on the environmental impacts of farming. You will enjoy working with a wide range of people, as part of a team, and be able to organise your time effectively.

You will work in the Department of Zoology's Conservation Science Group and work there with Professor Andrew Balmford, and Dr Lynn Dicks, who runs the Agroecology Group. You will be based in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative's campus in the David Attenborough Building – a global hub which brings together over 500 conservation researchers, practitioners and policy makers from across the University and 9 different conservation organisations.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up until 31 October 2024.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

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Please quote reference PF27434 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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Research Assistant: Centre for Pathogen Evolution (Fixed Term)

A Research Assistant position is available in the Centre for Pathogen Evolution directed by Derek Smith in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, to start date on 1 September 2021.

This project focuses on the immune response to antigenically variable pathogens. The successful applicant should have an undergraduate degree in biological or computational sciences, knowledge of adaptive immunity, B cells, epidemiology, experience with serological data and statistical analysis including multiple linear regression and predictive modelling. Coding experience is also essential, ideally with

  • Python
  • Matlab
  • R
  • C++

The successful applicant will carry out analytical and coding work to assist with:

  • Characterizing differences between immunity resulting from vaccination and from influenza infection

  • Assessing the impact of pre-existing immunity and repeat vaccination on subsequent immune responses to influenza vaccination or infection, vaccine efficacy and long-lived immunity

  • Developing analytical tools to integrate and analyze diverse and multi-scale influenza infection and vaccination data sets from clinical samples to uncover correlates of protection and/or predict immune responses to vaccination and infection

  • Determining mechanisms of non-responsiveness in flu vaccine failures

  • Identifying the mechanisms by which influenza viruses evade immunity

  • Exploring how immunity develops and evolves over time in different human populations and distinct age groups

  • Defining the mechanisms of broadly protective humoral immunity against influenza, including processes that affect immunodominance based on antigen specificity, avidity, accessibility, or precursor frequency

  • Developing and applying advanced bioinformatics tools and computational modelling approaches

  • Group as required.

Interview dates: 19th July to 30th July 2021 - may be done remotely following current guidelines.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 10 months, with a possibility of extension subject to project status and funding. Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please apply online

Please quote reference PF27157 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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Research Assistant/Research Associate: Developmental mechanisms of motor network tuning (Fixed Term)

We have a vacancy for a researcher to work with Dr Matthias Landgraf in the Neural Network Development Group at the Department of Zoology. You will investigate critical periods during nervous system development, formative phases during which the networks adjusts to become functional. Importantly, perturbations during this period cause lasting errors and seizure susceptibility. In humans, sub-optimal critical period adjustments are thought responsible for some neurodevelopmental conditions, including epilepsy and schizophrenia. This project is part of a collaboration with the lab of Prof Richard Baines (University of Manchester), funded by the Wellcome Trust. The focus in Cambridge will be on studying changes in synaptic connectivity by super-resolution imaging, complemented by electrophysiological approaches by the Manchester team.

You will work in a highly collaborative and supportive team studying the development of synaptic connectivity in the Drosophila motor system, with opportunity to develop the project.

Essential Experience/Attributes:

  • Relevant Bachelors, Masters or PhD in a bio-medical sciences subject.
  • Experience in immuno-labelling methods and high level imaging (confocal, super-resolution).
  • Experience with image processing and analysis.
  • Sound understanding of statistics and experimental design.
  • Desire to understand circuit basis of brain function and behaviour.
  • Experience in analysing and writing scientific results.
  • Good communication skills (written and oral).
  • Ability to work on own initiative, as well as collaboratively in a team.

Desirable:

  • Experience of working with genetic model systems.
  • Basic understanding of neuroscience.
  • Experience in analysing neural circuits.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Please contact Dr Matthias Landgraf (ml10006@cam.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.

For more information about our research see: https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/research/cell-and-developmental- biology/neural-network-development (Landgraf lab) and https://baineslab.weebly.com/ (Baines lab)

Interviews are planned in the week commencing 9 August 2021

The funds for this post are available for up to 9 months with the possibility of extension up until 30 Sept 2024 subject to project status and funding

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please quote reference PF27082 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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Research Assistants x 2 - Drosophila Connectomics Research Group

Two Research Assistant posts are available in the Drosophila Connectomics Group directed by Greg Jefferis and Matthias Landgraf in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.

Applicants will work with electron-microscopy image data, annotate and proof-read automatically segmented reconstructions of neurons and their connectivity, develop open source tools for data analysis/processing and perform neuron morphology, graph/circuit analyses etc. to obtain biological insight. A background in neurobiology or a strong quantitative preparation (e.g. in bioinformatics/computer science) will be helpful.

Successful candidates will join a team based in Zoology with 16 team members, carrying out data processing and computational analysis of neuronal reconstruction data. They will interact closely with a similar team in the US as well as experimental groups in Oxford (Scott Waddell) and Cambridge (Greg Jefferis). Candidates will need to be highly motivated and develop a good understanding of the nature of the data and the scientific aims of the project. This will be critical to setting priorities as the project develops. Close teamwork and a collaborative spirit will be essential, but team members will have increasing opportunities for scientific independence as their expertise develops. Candidates will report to a team leader based in Zoology and will be mentored by an experienced post-doc. There will be opportunities to contribute to training new team members as the group expands and to general project management, as well as to participate in public engagement activities.

Interview dates: Remote interview between 19 and 30 July 2021.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for two years with the possibility of extension until 30 September 2024, subject to project status and funding.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please quote reference PF26860 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Categories: Current Vacancies