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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Using freshwater bivalves to monitor and remove microplastic waste

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Zoology in Central Cambridge on Downing Street with Dr David Aldridge's Aquatic Ecology Group. It is funded for up to 8 months by an EPSRC grant (Circular Economy Approaches to Eliminating Plastic Waste) and should start on 1 November 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project will focus on the use of freshwater bivalve molluscs as potential tools for monitoring and removing microplastic waste from UK river systems. The study will combine laboratory tests with field-based surveys in the River Thames. The Aquatic Ecology Group is based within the University's thriving David Attenborough Building, which brings together conservation NGOs and University academics in a unique setting. The Group has spacious, well-equipped and modern laboratory facilities, including aquarium rooms and constant temperature facilities.

Essential skills and requirements:

  • PhD or equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject (ecology, microplastics, bivalve ecology, applied science);
    • Willingness to conduct fieldwork and laboratory work;
  • Competence with routine data analysis and presentation using appropriate statistical packages (e.g. R);
  • Demonstrated record in written (i.e. scientific journals) and oral (i.e. professional conferences) communication in relevant subjects;
  • Ambition and drive, strong work ethic and good interpersonal skills;
  • Enthusiasm to interact with colleagues;
  • Ability to organise time and work effectively, independently and responsibly in a research team setting.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 30 June 2020.

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.

Please quote reference PF21055 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/PhD Studentship: Neural Development

A position of Research Assistant/PhD Studentship is available for up to 48 months, from 1 October 2020, to conduct a PhD project jointly in the groups of Dr Matthias Landgraf, Department of Zoology, and Dr Timothy O'Leary, Department of Engineering.

How do nervous systems self-organise to produce fully formed motor behaviour in only a few days?

We are seeking a creative student with a mathematical or engineering background to help us understand the core principles. This is a collaborative project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, that combines mathematical modelling, computation and ideas from AI, robotics and control with cutting-edge experimental methods.

You will work on i) developing a computational model of parts of the locomotor circuitry of Drosophila, grounded in existing data on connectivity and electrophysiology; ii) determining cellular and network parameters that are critical for attaining circuit stability during development; iv) contributing to the verification and extension of the Drosophila locomotor circuitry connectome, as part of an international connectomics collaboration, led by Drs Albert Cardona and Marta Zlatic.

In the Neural Network Development Group (Department of Zoology) we are taking developmental and genetic approaches to study the 'rules' and 'tools' that nature uses to build functioning nervous systems. Dr Timothy O'Leary is part of the Control Group in the Department of Engineering and has a longstanding interest in the design of neural networks, modelling diverse aspects of network development, function and stability.

Detailed descriptions of our research can be found at: https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/research/cell-and-developmental-biology/neural-network-development (Landgraf group) and http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/profiles/tso24 (O'Leary group).

Essential: - Interest in (computational) neuroscience - BSc or equivalent qualification in a relevant field (engineering, mathematics/statistics, physics, computer science) - Mathematical and programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Python, C/C++, R, Perl, Java) - Good communication and interpersonal skills - Ability to organise time and work effectively, independently and responsibly in a research team setting; setting targets and meeting deadlines - PhD in Zoology Graduate Admissions requirements can be found at: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/blzopdzoo

Desirable: - Relevant research experience (exposure to experimental neurophysiology, including optical neurophysiology) - Demonstrated record in written and oral communication in relevant subjects - Experience in the development and optimization of statistical and computational approaches - Knowledge of recent literature on modelling approaches in relevant areas of neuroscience

Successful candidate would need to apply for a PhD in Zoology through the University's applicant portal in due course. Any offer of employment would be subject to the successful candidate being accepted onto the PhD program.

Interviews planned for week of 9th December 2019.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 48 months.

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

Please quote reference PF21017 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

PhD Studentship - Biology&Ecology of Asia - 2020/21 (Fixed Term)

A PhD Studentship in the Biology and Ecology of Asia, covering the University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate, a stipend at the UKRI rate for 4 years, and £5k pa towards research costs for 3 years, is offered at the Department of Zoology (University of Cambridge) to start in October 2020. Candidates must carry out research that is relevant to the biology and ecology of Asia. Projects on offer can be found on the list of available projects. Applicants are also invited to suggest their own projects; please visit our research pages (https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/research) for more information on our supervisors and their research areas.

For more information please visit our website via the following link: https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Eligibility: Applicants to the Department of Zoology graduate programme must have:

  1. at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g., CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject

  2. two excellent academic references

  3. fluency in the English language- recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.

For more details of the University's entrance requirements see the Graduate Admissions website via the following link https://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/studying/entryreq/

Candidates of any nationality/residency may apply, but a successful Overseas applicant would need to secure additional funds from other sources to cover the higher fee level. The most current estimates of costs can be found on the Graduate Admissions fees page (http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance).

Application procedure: To be considered for these studentships, candidates must have applied to the University of Cambridge via this link (https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/study/postgraduate) by 12 noon on 7 January 2020 We would advise candidates to contact their proposed supervisor directly before applying.

Please note that to be considered, you must also have uploaded all of your supporting documentation by this date.

Interviews are likely to be held in February/March 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Zoology - Graduate Administration team (graduate@zoo.cam.ac.uk)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years.

Please quote reference PF20997 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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PhD Studentships in Marine Biology - 2020/21 x 2 (Fixed Term)

Two PhD Studentships in Marine Biology, covering the University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate, a stipend at the UKRI rate for 4 years, and £5k pa towards research costs for 3 years, are offered at the Department of Zoology (University of Cambridge) to start in October 2020.

Candidates must carry out research that is relevant to marine biology. Projects on offer can be found on the list of available projects. Applicants are also invited to suggest their own projects; please visit our research pages: www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/research for more information on our supervisors and their research areas.

At least one of these studentships will be under the supervision of Dr James Herbert-Read (www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/directory/dr-james-herbert-read).

For more information please visit our website: www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Eligibility:

Applicants to the Department of Zoology graduate programme must have: 1. at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g., CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject 2. two excellent academic references 3. fluency in the English language ¿ recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.

For more details of the University's entrance requirements see the Graduate Admissions website: www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/entry-requirements.

Candidates of any nationality/residency may apply, but a successful overseas applicant would need to secure additional funds from other sources to cover the higher fee level. The most current estimates of costs can be found on the Graduate Admissions fees page www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance.

Application procedure:

To be considered for these studentships, candidates must have applied to the University of Cambridge (following the normal application process: www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/study/postgraduate) by 12 noon on 7 January 2020.

We would advise candidates to contact their proposed supervisor directly before applying.

Please note that to be considered, you must also have uploaded all of your supporting documentation by this date.

Interviews are likely to be held in February/March 2020

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Zoology - Graduate Administration team (email: graduate@zoo.cam.ac.uk)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years.

Please quote reference PF20999 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 Associate: Developmental mechanisms of motor network tuning (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 36 months.

We have a vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher to work with Dr Matthias Landgraf in the Neural Network Development Group at the Department of Zoology. The researcher will investigate how during early neural network development patterned activity facilitates network adjustment; and how transient perturbations during an embryonic critical period cause lasting errors and seizure susceptibility. This project is part of a collaboration between the Landgraf group at Cambridge and the lab or Prof Richard Baines at the University of Manchester, funded by the Wellcome Trust. The focus in Cambridge will be on studying changes in synaptic connectivity by imaging, genetic interactions and in silico modelling, complemented by electrophysiological and behavioural 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. The consequence to synaptic connectivity of altered activity/signalling regimes during defined periods of embryogenesis will be determined by super-resolution imaging, behavioural assays and electrophysiology. Modelling circuit plasticity and function will be carried out in collaboration with Dr Timothy O'Leary at the Department of Engineering. The project will be supported by a full-time technician and a research assistant. There will be considerable opportunity to develop the project through regular interactions with the Manchester team.

Essential Experience/Attributes · Relevant PhD in neuroscience, computer science, physical sciences · Strong desire to understand circuit basis of brain function and behaviour · Sound understanding of statistics and experimental design · Ability to write clear, concise summaries of scientific papers, quickly and accurately · Demonstrable ability to complete projects and disseminate these into quality publications on time · Ability to work on own initiative, as well as collaboratively in a team · Commitment to develop/maintain expertise in new technologies in your area or research

Desirable · Experience of working with genetic model systems · Experience with high level imaging (confocal, super-resolution) · Experience with image processing and analysis · Coding skills in MATLAB, R or equivalent · 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 2nd December 2019

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

Please quote reference PF20914 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

University Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology

The Department of Zoology encourages applications to join us as a Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology. Your research will be in any area of evolutionary biology relevant to animals. This may include (but is not limited to) questions in evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics and genomics, evolution and behavior, behavioral ecology, evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo), eco-evo-devo, palaeobiology or evolutionary medicine.

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). We have a thriving graduate student community and contribute 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 early April 2020.

We anticipate holding interviews during the week commencing 6 January 2020.

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

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

Please submit a full Curriculum Vitae (CV) together with a summary of current and future research plans and how these relate to the Department's research. The summary should be less than 1000 words.

You should also include a covering letter setting out why you are applying and how your experience and plans address the role description and person specification in the further particulars (1000 words 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. The deadline date for receipt of references is also 4 November 2019.

Please quote reference PF20450 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 Associate: Investigating how sensory demanding environments impact animals' perception, movements and behaviour.

We have a vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher to work with Dr James Herbert-Read in the new Marine Biology Group at the Department of Zoology. The researcher will be part of a project determining how natural and anthropogenic forms of environmental noise across multiple sensory modalities impact animals' perceptual abilities, activities, movements and social behaviour. We are looking for a natural scientist with an excellent understanding of experimental design and strong analytical skills in animal behaviour research. Experience of working in the fields of sensory ecology, collective behaviour, vision research or camouflage would be highly desirable. Candidates that have previously worked with fishes in both laboratory and field environments are particularly encouraged to apply. The researcher will be tasked with performing behavioural experiments, primarily on fishes, to investigate how animals adapt their behaviour to detect information, and not be detected, in environmentally noisy conditions. The researcher will be responsible for laboratory and field experiments, which will involve collecting highly quantitative behavioural data using computer-vision techniques. The work will provide an in-depth understanding of how both natural and anthropogenic sources of noise impact the behavioural ecology of marine organisms.

Essential:

  • A PhD, or equivalent experience, in an area related to behavioural ecology or animal behaviour.

  • Proficient coding skills in MATLAB, R or equivalent.

  • Experience of working on animal behaviour in both laboratory and field environments

  • Excellent understanding of statistics and experimental design

  • Ability to write clear, concise summaries of scientific papers, quickly and accurately.

  • Fluent at writing in English

  • Demonstrable ability to complete projects and disseminate these into quality publications on time

Duties and responsibilities

The post-holder will carry out the following tasks:

  • Immerse animals into simulated ecological environments in the laboratory to assess how different sensory conditions affect individual exploration, activity, search patterns and habitat use.

  • Measure variation in the sensory environments that animals experience in nature, and monitor animal behaviour under those natural ecological conditions.

  • Assess how additive and non-additive effects of environmental noise impact behaviour, perception and task efficiency.

  • Extract and summarize information from automated tracking to quantify animal behaviour and movement in detail.

  • Draft and submit co-authored manuscripts on laboratory and field results.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 36 months.

Interviews are planned in the week commencing 11th November

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.

Please quote reference PF20577 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