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Building Services Manager

We are seeking for a dedicated, versatile and proactive Building Services Manager with excellent management skills and a customer-focused attitude to support our Zoology buildings. The Department of Zoology is a thriving, friendly and dynamic community of staff and students. Our buildings include teaching areas, labs and offices as well as the Museum of Zoology which are based across five buildings, mainly in Central Cambridge. We offer a welcoming work environment where you can feel valued, are encouraged to develop, and supported to achieve your full potential.

This varied and rewarding role will require good knowledge and understanding of building operations and facilities management. The role holder will have experience of project management in a scientific environment, as well as an understanding of engineering infrastructure in research facilities. Reporting to the Lab and Facilities Manager, you will lead our buildings support team and be responsible for facility management, maintenance and modification of the building fabric and planned and reactive maintenance. You will directly line manage 4 members of staff and will lead a team of 15. You will be the essential link between the department and the Estates Division.

We are looking for a great team player who is an effective communicator and is able to recognise and respond to the different needs of research groups and professional support staff. Ideally you will have a Level 6 vocational qualifications/degree or an equivalent level of practical experience. Experience of building maintenance, specialised systems and building services is required along with the ability to build good relationships with various stakeholders, including Estates Division and external contractors. You will have proven organisational abilities, strong IT skills and a high attention to detail. Availability for attendance for out of hours work may be necessary on occasions.

What can we offer you:

  • Competitive rates of pay with automatic service related pay progression and annual cost of living increases;

  • Generous annual leave allowance

  • Generous maternity, adoption and shared parental leave entitlement and other family friendly schemes (e.g. workplace nurseries)

  • An auto-enrolment pension scheme, with a generous employer contribution;

  • Travel benefits and retail discounts at over 2,000 local and national stores;

  • Schemes to support with relocation / the provision of accommodation

If you have the skills, experience and personality to succeed in this role we would be delighted to hear from you. Informal conversations are welcomed please contact Sylviane Moss smmc2@cam.ac.uk to hear more about this role. For more details please refer to the Further Information below.

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.

We particularly welcome applications from women and 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.

Email: an286@cam.ac.uk Telephone: (0)1223 330117

Please quote reference PF39711 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

Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

About Us:

The Neural Network Development Group (https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/research/cell-and-developmental-biology/neural-network-development) is studying how nervous systems develop and become functional. We work with Drosophila as a model and are seeking a motivated individual with prior experience to support existing activities in our team.

The Role

You will be part of a friendly, collaborative team focused on understanding how early life experiences during so-called 'critical periods' of development have lasting impacts on nervous system function; for example, by determining nerve cell growth and excitability. This project uses the fruit fly, Drosophila, as a model system. We have discovered that different temperatures experienced during development (e.g. hot vs cold) change how the nervous system develops and functions. For example, when a fly embryo experiences heat stress for just two hours, its nervous system develops sub-optimally, and the resultant larva behaves abnormally and is susceptible to seizures. We have discovered a role for metabolic reactive oxygen species in shaping neuromuscular junction development and now seek additional support to explore this more effectively.

Your role includes fly husbandry and genetics, dissections, immuno-staining and imaging of larvae; followed by image data analysis. You will be working closely with other members of the team. This part time role will benefit from a good level of expertise in several of the techniques, though training is available within the team.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Matthias Landgraf at ml10006@cam.ac.uk

The role will be based on site in the Department of Zoology, on a part time basis (20% FTE, ideally over more than one day).

Please upload a copy of your CV (2 sides of A4 maximum) and a covering letter (1 side of A4 maximum).

Interview dates: Interviews will be held between 26th and 29th February 2024 and may be conducted remotely.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from women andcandidates 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.

Email: an286@cam.ac.uk Telephone: (0)1223 330117

Please quote reference PF40450 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

Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

About Us:

The Neural Network Development Group (https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/research/cell-and-developmental-biology/neural-network-development) is studying how nervous systems develop and become functional. We work with Drosophila as a model and are seeking a motivated individual to join our collaborative team. If you are interested in development or neuroscience, have good critical thinking and data analysis skills, and come with lab experience, we want to hear from you.

The Role

You will be part of a friendly, collaborative team focused on understanding how early life experiences during so-called 'critical periods' of development have lasting impacts on nervous system function; for example, by determining nerve cell growth and excitability. This project uses the fruit fly, Drosophila, as a model system. We have discovered that different temperatures experienced during development (e.g. hot vs cold) change how the nervous system develops and functions. For example, when a fly embryo experiences heat stress for just two hours, its nervous system develops sub-optimally, and the resultant larva behaves abnormally and is susceptible to seizures. We have discovered the underlying mechanisms, including metabolic signals and transduction pathways. The project is now at the exciting stage of bringing several discoveries together, for publication.

Your role includes fly husbandry and genetics, dissections, immuno-staining and imaging of larvae; followed by image data analysis. You will be working closely with other members of the team, with opportunity for a high degree of independence. While skills in some of the techniques are advantageous, expertise and training for all aspects are available within the team.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Professor Matthias Landgraf at ml10006@cam.ac.uk.

Please upload a copy of your CV (2 sides of A4 maximum) and a covering letter (1 side of A4 maximum).

Interview dates: Interviews will be held week commencing 19th March 2024 and may be conducted remotely.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance up to June 2025.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from women 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.

Email: an286@cam.ac.uk Telephone: (0)1223 330117

Please quote reference PF40420 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

Data Scientist (Fixed Term)

We invite applications for a Data Scientist position to join the Centre for Pathogen Evolution in the Department of Zoology, located in central Cambridge. The appointment will be for a period of two years with a possibility of extension subject to project status and funding, starting as soon as possible.

The group's research focus is to design and develop analytical, computational, and mathematical methods to understand the fundamental processes that govern the evolution of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses. The Data Scientist's responsibilities will include the development of software and database structures to house different data categories, the management of datasets and analysis pipelines for handling data, statistical analysis, and assistance of researchers in various aspects of data analysis.

The role will be based on site in the department of Zoology, with hybrid working arrangements possible following agreement but some presence in the Department is expected for meetings and personal scientific interaction at least two days per week.

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

Interview dates: Interviews will be held week commencing 25th March 2024 and may be conducted remotely.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 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 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 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.

Email: an286@cam.ac.uk Telephone: (0)1223 330117

Please quote reference PF40345 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

Postdoctoral Research Associate Centre for Pathogen Evolution (Fixed Term)

We invite applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate position to join the Centre for Pathogen Evolution in the Department of Zoology, located in central Cambridge. The appointment will be for a period of two years with a possibility of extension subject to project status and funding, starting as soon as possible.

The research focus is to design and develop analytical, computational, and mathematical methods to understand the fundamental processes that govern the evolution of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses. The aim is to translate this understanding into the prediction of possible future antigenic variants to guide trials of next generation influenza and SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and involves substantial global collaboration with experimental virologists, immunologists and clinicians to quantify the selection pressures on influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses to better understand their evolutionary dynamics, and to inform control strategies. This position is funded by the US National Institutes of Health with a preferred start date of 1 May 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The role will be based on site in the department of Zoology, with hybrid working arrangements possible following agreement but some presence in the Department is expected for meetings and personal scientific interaction at least two days per week.

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

Interview dates: Interviews will be held between 11th and 18th March 2024 and 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.

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 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.

Email: an286@cam.ac.uk Telephone: (0)1223 330117

Please quote reference PF40186 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