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Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Laboratory for Development and Evolution (fixed term)

A post-doctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Zoology, located in Central Cambridge, is available from 1st April 2019 for up to one year.

We are looking for a developmental biologist/geneticist to work with Professor Michael Akam on a BBSRC funded project investigating the mechanisms of segmentation in Drosophila and other arthropods, in collaboration with Erik Clark (Harvard) and Andrew Peel (Leeds).

Applicants will need a PhD in developmental biology, genetics or a closely related subject; they will have experience of using genetic constructs or other gene manipulation techniques in Drosophila or other arthropods, of working with embryos and of confocal microscopy. Experience in live imaging and/or image analysis would be desirable. They will be able to organise time, plan ahead to work effectively and independently; have good data handling and analysis skills, and good communication skills (written and oral); and proven ability work in a team. Desirable characteristics are a background knowledge (e.g. from degree courses) of evolutionary biology, systems biology or the mechanisms of segmentation.

Duties will include: - Maintaining Drosophila stocks and carrying out crosses and gene manipulations in Drosophila and other arthropods to analyse segmentation gene function;

  • Preparing arthropod embryos for immunohistochemistry and for multiplex in situ hybridisation using HCR (Hybridisation Chain Reaction) probes;

  • Analysing gene expression by confocal microscopy;

  • Preparation of manuscripts for publication.

Interviews are planned for the week commencing 18 March 2019. Informal enquiries can be addressed to Michael Akam (m.akam@zoo.cam.ac.uk)

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 PF18129 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Ancient genomics (fixed term)

A post-doctoral Research Associate position in Department of Zoology, located in Central Cambridge, is available from 4 March 2019 for up until 31 December 2019, to work with Professor Eske Willerslev on developing new methodologies in ancient plant genomics.

The PDRA will work on developing novel method for retrieving genomic data from single fossil pollen grains in a high-throughput fashion, and apply this method to generate plant genomic datasets from Quaternary sediment records. Currently, our ability to reconstruct plant population dynamics beyond the last 150 years is limited to only a small number of species. The proposed method is expected to provide information on past population dynamics for thousands of species across the plant kingdom and open up a wide array of exciting new research possibilities in the fields of evolutionary biology, ecology and archaeology.

Duties will include adapting and optimising single-cell and ancient DNA techniques, generating ancient genomic datasets, assisting with data analysis and interpretation, and writing up the results.

Essential skills: - PhD in molecular biology, experimental genetics, ancient genomics, or a related field; - Solid skills in experimental genetic techniques; - Demonstrated experience in generating NGS data; - Demonstrated record in written and oral communication in relevant subjects; - Ambition and drive, strong work ethics, and good communication and interpersonal skills; - Enthusiasm to interact with colleagues; - Ability to organise time and work effectively, independently and responsibly in a research team setting.

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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up until 31 December 2019 in the first instanse.

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 PF18125 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.

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HR Assistant Administrator (Part Time)

Applications are invited for a part-time (18.25 hours per week) HR Assistant Administrator in the Department of Zoology.

Zoology is a large Department (c.250 staff including graduate students) with the recently refurbished Museum of Zoology located in the city centre.

The post-holder will support the HR and Grants Administrator in carrying out key HR processes including recruitment, induction, probation, sickness, maternity leave and others. S/he will maintain the visitors' database and will draft Visitor Agreements.

Applicants should have a good general education; previous HR or general administrative experience in a large or complex organization is desirable. They should have excellent communication skills to help them support a wide diversity of staff, students and visitors. They must be competent in using all standard IT packages including Microsoft Office. The successful candidate will be well organised with good attention to detail in recording data and checking written correspondence. S/he will be self-motivated and able to prioritise their own workload within a very busy timetable.

The post-holder will need to be committed to tact and discretion in dealing with confidential information and documents.

Interviews will take place in the week beginning Monday 4 March; if you have not heard by this date please assume you have not been shortlisted.

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 PF18083 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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University Lectureship in Animal Ecology, Department of Zoology

The Department of Zoology encourages applications to join us as a Lecturer in Animal Ecology. Your research will be in an area of ecology, in its broadest sense. You may have interests in any aspect of the ecology of animals including behavioural ecology, evolutionary ecology, the ecology of the microbiome as it pertains to animals, population and community ecology, the ecology of conservation, marine ecology, chemical ecology or molecular ecology. You will have an excellent research record and be passionate about teaching.

The Department of Zoology (www.zoo.cam.ac.uk) provides an exciting research and teaching environment with a strong sense of cooperation and community. Our research covers a broad range of animal biology. We have excellent facilities to support both field and laboratory based experimental research together with theoretical work. The Department has an outstanding embedded Museum of Zoology and close links with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI). The Department has a thriving graduate student community and contributes to undergraduate courses across the Natural Sciences Tripos.

The Department has an active equality and wellbeing agenda and we hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award for our work on improving our working environment, inclusiveness, equality and diversity. We particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic candidates for this vacancy, as we currently have an under-representation of these groups at this level in our Department.

The lectureship is available from 1st October 2019.

Please see further particulars attached.

We anticipate holding interviews between 18 March and 5 April 2019

For informal enquiries please contact the Head of Department, Dr Howard Baylis, hod@zoo.cam.ac.uk or +44 (0) 1223 336601

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 submit a full Curriculum Vitae (CV), including a summary of current and future research plans and how these relate to the Department's existing research. The summary should be less than 1000 words. You should also include a covering letter setting out why you are applying and what you would bring to the role (2 sides A4 maximum). 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 also arrange for three academic referees to send references directly to the Departmental Administrator via email: admin@zoo.cam.ac.uk or post to: The Departmental Administrator, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK

The deadline date for receipt of references is also 15 February 2019.

Please quote reference PF17795 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Teaching and Graduate Administration Assistant(Maternity Cover)

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 (Teaching) and the Director of Graduate Education 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.

Secondment applications from internal candidates are welcomed.

Maternity cover: This post is fixed-term for 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 PF18028 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.

Categories: Current Vacancies