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Personal Assistant and Administrator, Head of Department's Office

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled PA and administrator in the Head of Department Office to join our friendly and supportive administration team. Zoology is home to a thriving community of researchers, students, staff, and visitors. Members of the Department have a diverse range of research interests including exciting projects in conservation, palaeobiology, ecology, evolution, cell and developmental biology and neurobiology.

The role holder will manage the Head of Department office ensuring it operates efficiently and effectively and will provide comprehensive PA support. You will ensure that the information flow is maintained within the department and play a significant role in the planning and organisation of meetings and events.

You will be overseeing the work of various departmental committees and support the Head of Department in his part of the research grant applications process. You will manage the Department reception service and work closely with other members of the administrative team. This post holder will assist the Director of Alumni Relations and Fundraising in his interesting and very important work.

Suitable candidates will have previous PA/ administrative experience and preferably have experience of working in a higher education environment. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and should be able to work both independently and as part of a team. You will use your professional expertise and independent judgement to deliver an effective and efficient service to meet the requirements of staff, students and external stakeholders at all levels of seniority. You will have a proven ability to use tact and discretion whilst remaining calm. Flexibility and excellent organisational skills are essential, along with the ability to manage multiple deadlines. Good IT skills are required and the ability to manage hybrid meeting technology would be a distinct advantage.

Training in University-specific systems is available where necessary for this role. You will have access to a broad selection of staff benefits: from discounts at a wide range of local and national businesses to personal development and educational opportunities educational available exclusively to University of Cambridge employees.

You will be required to work on site at the Zoology Department. On occasion you will be required to work outside of normal working hours at weekends and out of hours.

Informal enquiries are encouraged - please contact Louise Balshaw, Departmental Administrator da@zoo.cam.ac.uk.

Interviews are likely to be held between 16 and 27 January 2023.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

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 particularly welcome applications from 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.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF34363 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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Post-doctoral Research Associate: Identifying options for restoring river systems in smallholder and industrial oil palm plantations (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher to join the Insect Ecology Group, led by Edgar Turner, in the Department of Zoology and Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge.

The Insect Ecology Group specialises in understanding how alternative management options affect biodiversity and ecosystem processes in human-altered systems, with a focus on oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia. We are embedded in the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI; https://www.conservation.cam.ac.uk/) and co-located with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (https://www.cambridgeconservation.org/). This project will also work with other researchers within UCCRI, and researchers from the University of Nottingham, IPB University, Bogor, Indonesia, and Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology Research Institute (SMARTRI), a major research institute supporting a global oil palm company.

The successful applicant will work with project partners (including an IPB-based Post-doctoral Research Associate and a Research Assistant) to monitor and quantify the environmental impacts of alternative river margin management practices in smallholder and industrial oil palm estates in Sumatra, Indonesia, and to assess the potential environmental and yield impacts of altered river margin management at a regional scale. Work will be partly-based within the well-established Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Research Programme, Riau, Indonesia. This programme, a collaboration between SMARTRI and other researchers on this project, includes a large-scale, long-term riparian restoration experiment - the Riparian Ecosystem Restoration in Tropical Agriculture Project. A key part of the project will also include communicating results to oil palm managers, smallholders, and oil palm sustainability certification schemes.

The successful applicant will have experience of ecological fieldwork, preferably in the tropics and including social survey work with rural stakeholders, and be willing to spend 1-3 months away at a time. They should have advanced analytical skills, and experience of using remote-sensing and mapping approaches.

The post is generously funded by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (https://www.packard.org/)

For more information on the research or the laboratory, please see https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/research/groups/insect-ecology

Email Edgar Turner ect23@cam.ac.uk for informal enquiries or specific questions about the role.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance, with a possibility of extension.

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.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently underepresented 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.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF34365 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: Drosophila Connectomics Research Group (Fixed term)

A Research Assistant post is 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.

The role will be based on site in the Department of Zoology, with hybrid working arrangements possible following agreement.

Please upload a copy of your CV (2 sides of A4 maximum) and a covering letter (2 sides of A4 maximum).

Interview dates: Interview between 4th and 5th January 2023 - may be conducted remotely.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for two years with a possibility of extension subject to project status and funding

Flexible working requests will be considered.

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.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF34347 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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Specialised Museum Cleaner (Fixed Term)

The University Museum of Zoology holds a collection of approximately two million specimens covering the entire animal kingdom, past and present, of which around 5,000 are on public display. It welcomes over 120,000 visitors a year and routinely hosts several school visits daily during term time.

We are looking for a Specialised Museum cleaner to join the Department of Zoology Facilities Management Team.

The role holder will be responsible for:

  • day- to- day cleaning throughout the Museum to ensure that all the customers (visitors, corporate, events and learning) have the best experience;

  • cleaning museum stores to keep them dust- and dirt-free as this would create an environment favourable to insect pests, known to cause a high risk to museum specimens.

Working hours are 36.5 hours per week Mon-Fri. As the Zoology Museum is open seven days a week, the role holder is expected to occasionally work weekends or evening shifts (overtime).

Due to the nature of the work you should have a good level of physical fitness.

We offer an encouraging and supportive environment, an attractive pension scheme and many employee benefits such as a shopping discounts scheme.

The University is an accredited Real Living Wage (RLW) employer, and will ensure that employees are paid at least the prevailing RLW rate. For further information, and the current rate, please visit the Living Wage webpage on https://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/pay-benefits/pay/living-wage

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment and a security check.

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

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF34299 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: Genetic architecture of brain evolution during ecological divergence (Fixed Term)

The morphological evolution group in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated postdoc to work on our NERC funded project, 'Genetic architecture of brain evolution during ecological divergence'.

This NERC-funded project aims to to reveal the nature of genetic variation facilitating brain evolution between ecologically divergent cichlid fishes to test the extent, nature and conservation of genetic associations among brain components. We are working on intraspecific variation and interspecific crosses between cichlid fish, to quantify and genetically map variation in brain composition. Alongside this, we will identify key developmental periods where trajectories of brain structure divide, providing a foundation to confirm the causative effects of genes implicated in brain evolution, and to examine how changes in the development of one structure impact another. The position is based at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, but will also work in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Montgomery and a post-doc in his group at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol.

The successful candidate will compare brain development between species of cichlid fish, to identify when and how brain developmental trajectories diverge. For this purpose, the candidate will use HCR in situ hybridisation, antibody stainings and confocal imaging. Once key developmental stages are identified, the candidate will perform comparative transcriptomics using developing brain tissues to identify candidate genes associated with intra- and inter-specific variation. Finally, the candidate will functionally validate promising genes (identified both in the RNAseq and genetic mapping experiments) using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tools.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 27 months.

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.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

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.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF34233 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 Laboratory Technician (Term Time only, Fixed Term)

The Department of Zoology is internationally renowned for its exceptional record in teaching and research. It is home to a thriving community of around 250 research staff, postgraduates and visitors whose research ranges from cell and developmental biology through conservation science or evolutionary genetics.

We are looking for a resourceful and responsible teaching technician with an enthusiasm for working with students and lecturers in support of a wide range of biological and zoological courses. This is a great opportunity to join our friendly and welcoming department and to contribute towards its success.

This position is for University Term Time only, for a fixed term of one year with a possibility of extending the contract (after a review of the post).

You will be working alongside an experienced team in a buzzing environment. Reporting to the Senior Chief Technician, you will be expected to provide various teaching support services to students and lecturers in Zoology. This will include the preparation of practical classes; packing and unpacking equipment required for activities in the laboratory; preparing field courses and other tasks.

You will have a good attention to details, good communication skills, basic IT skills, a conscientious, accurate and methodical approach to work and the ability to prioritize tasks and work to deadlines, sometimes under pressure.

Ideally, you will have laboratory experience however, this is not essential, as full training will be given.

There will be a requirement, within term time, to work longer hours and occasionally on Saturdays during peak points in the teaching year.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a health assessment.

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.

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

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF34059 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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Post-doctoral Research Associate: Modelling Landscape Regeneration (Fixed-term)

We seek a highly motivated Post-doctoral Research Associate to join a multi-disciplinary team in the new Centre for Landscape Regeneration (CLR), developing a land-use scenario modelling framework for exploring how combinations of management regimes across landscapes will affect biodiversity recovery and the provision of human needs.

You will join a team consisting of Professor Andrew Balmford of the Department of Zoology and Drs Richard Bradbury, Rob Field and Tom Finch and a parallel post-doctoral researcher at the RSPB. You will work with scientists, farmers and land managers, and local and regional government and resource managers to identify which management regimes might best contribute to biodiversity restoration, climate change mitigation and other societal needs in the East Anglian Fens. You will then transfer this framework to target landscapes in the Lake District and the Cairngorms.

This is one of two new PDRA positions is this part of the CLR work. Interested applicants are welcome to look at the related RSPB position (please see the link in the FI document) and apply for both. The choice of candidates for each post will then be made by a joint selection panel. Whilst you will closely work with the RSPB PDRA we envisage that you will concentrate on modelling the response of biodiversity and recreational use to different land use scenarios, whilst the RSPB post will focus on physical provisioning and regulating services. The exact split of responsibilities may however depend on individual candidates' strengths and interests. This postholder will be based in the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge and will be expected to work there at least three days per week.

You will be self-motivated and able to work efficiently to meet deadlines and in collaboration with external organisations and individuals. You will hold a relevant PhD and have effective written and verbal communication skills. You will be able to communicate with a range of audiences and curate, analyse and interpret large and complex data sets to peer-reviewed standards of scrutiny and audit. You should have demonstrable skills and experience in conservation/land-use ecology and at least one of the following areas:

  • Soil science and hydrology;
  • Climate change mitigation within the land sector;
  • Atmospheric greenhouse gas flux modelling;
  • Land economy/agricultural economics;
  • Spatial scenario modelling.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up until 31 December 2026.

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.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

We particularly welcome applications 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.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF33887 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: How fishes use historical hydrodynamic motion cues in search and navigation tasks (Fixed Term)

The Marine Behavioural Ecology group in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, is looking for a Research Associate (postdoc) with an interest in animal behaviour and who has strong technical abilities to work on a project entitled "How fishes use historical hydrodynamic motion cues in search and navigation tasks".

The successful candidate will join an international collaborative project which aims to assess if and how hydrodynamic motions cues encountered by fishes are used to inform their decisions to track prey, conspecifics or avoid predators. The candidate will design, construct and perform behavioural experiments with fishes and will collaborate with engineers and physicists to analyse data generated from the experiments and disseminate findings.

Candidates will hold a PhD degree (or its completion will be imminent) in a subject relevant to the project, ideally in animal behaviour or a closely related field. Applications are also welcome from candidates in other fields including engineering, physics, or computer science who are looking to apply their skills to behavioural projects. Candidates will have strong quantitative skills in both the acquisition and analysis of animal movement and behavioural data. This could involve experience of integrating high spatial and temporal visual recordings of behavioural experiments, automated tracking, pose or posture estimation, or the use of other automated methods to capture and quantify animal motion. The candidate should also be proficient in experimental design and statistics. Previous experience of conducting behavioural experiments with fishes is highly desirable. The successful candidate will be able to effectively communicate with scientists in other research fields to achieve the project's goals.

The Research Associate will be working in the Department of Zoology's Marine Behavioural Ecology Group, but will have the opportunity of working with collaborators in France (ENS Rennes) and China (Westlake University).

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Dr James Herbert-Read (jh2223@cam.ac.uk)

Interviews (remote or in-person) in the week commencing 28th November 2022.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available from 1 December 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter and up until 30 November 2023 with a possibility of extension until 30 November 2025 subject to project status and funding.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

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.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

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.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF33469 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