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Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Research Associate: Collation of scientific evidence for the effective management of biodiversity

We are looking for a Research Assistant/Postdoctoral researcher to work with Prof. William Sutherland and Dr Rebecca Smith on the Conservation Evidence project in the Conservation Science Group. Work will involve producing comprehensive reviews of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of interventions for the conservation of biodiversity. Reviews will be conducted using methods developed by the Conservation Evidence group at Cambridge (www.conservationevidence.com). You must have excellent writing skills and a strong interest in biodiversity. The successful candidate will work closely with the Conservation Evidence team in Cambridge, as well as with advisory boards. The project is funded by NERC.

Essential required skills

  • An M.Sc. with additional relevant experience in an area related to biodiversity

  • Ability to efficiently understand and extract relevant information from scientific papers

  • Ability to write clear, concise summaries of scientific papers, quickly and accurately, using a standardized style

  • Detailed knowledge of biodiversity and knowledge of ecosystem services

  • Good general understanding of ecological statistics and experimental design

  • Fluent at writing in English

  • Demonstrable ability to complete projects to the stage of good quality reports/publications on time

  • Ability to travel to meetings in the UK

Duties and responsibilities

  • Planning development of Conservation Evidence synopses, including working with international advisory boards and developing/updating agreed lists of interventions.

  • Compiling/updating databases of relevant references.

  • Summarising key results in plain English and producing synopses using standardized methods and formats developed by Conservation Evidence (https://www.conservationevidence.com/content/page/126)

  • Publishing the synopses on www.conservationevidence.com.

Applications: Please submit a 1 page cover letter and 2-4 page CV.

Interview date: Wednesday 7th September 2022.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up until 30 September 2023.

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 would be considered. Please feel free to discuss flexibility prior to applying or at interview if your application is successful.

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 PF32025 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 genetics: planar cell polarity (Fixed Term)

This position, to start on September 1st, 2022, will be based in a small research group led by Peter Lawrence and José Casal in the Department of Zoology. Our group is working on different aspects of planar cell polarity using Drosophila as the experimental model. The position is full time for a period of four months. We are supported by the Leverhulme Trust .

The successful candidate will work to complete a specific project which has been several years in the making, mainly in collaboration with Dr Casal. The work will involve genetics, so flies will crossed and selected to generate stocks and to make genetic mosaics in pupal flies. The experiments require cell labelling by using fluorescent tagged proteins and the results studied in the confocal microscope. If the work goes to completion, as we expect and hope, we will write up the results for publication in 2023 and the postholder will be an author of the paper. Because this post is only a short one we seek a person already experienced with the confocal microscope as well as with software such as ImageJ.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up until 31 December 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 particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department/institution/Faculty/School/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 PF31827 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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Scientific Support Coordinator

The Department of Zoology is internationally renowned for its exceptional record in teaching and research. It is home to a thriving community of around 260 research staff, postgraduates and visitors whose research ranges from cell and developmental biology through conservation science or evolutionary genetics.

We are looking to recruit a keen and enthusiastic individual to join our scientific support team who provide an extremely high standard of support to our research and teaching labs. This is a great opportunity to join this vibrant, friendly and welcoming Department and to contribute towards its success.

You will be part of a team responsible for ensuring that scientific departmental needs are supported. This is an exciting role with diverse responsibilities: you will be involved with the management of the media and glass washing facility, you will work closely with the Senior Animal Care Technician, and you will manage the tissue culture facility, including hands-on bench and tissue culture work. You will also manage departmental service contracts for communal scientific equipment and you will provide assistance to the Teaching Lab when required.

You will be a proactive, enthusiastic and versatile individual to undertake this exciting new role in the Department. You should have experience working within a biological lab environment. You should be an excellent communicator with good organisation skills, attention to detail, and the ability to make decisions on your own whilst also working effectively as part as a wider team.

We have a proactive approach to personal and team development and we will provide training where necessary for this role. As a department within the University of Cambridge, the successful applicant will benefit from the stability that comes from such a world-renowned Institution. They will also have access to a broad selection of staff benefits and personal development opportunities including discounts at a wide range of local and national businesses and educational opportunities available exclusively to University of Cambridge employees.

This role is required to work on site and the appointment is offered on a permanent, full-time basis. A requirement of the role is to be part of the additional cover team at weekends, Bank Holidays and on occasion, out of hours. The candidate will therefore be required to work outside of normal working hours at certain periods of time.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Sylviane Moss, Lab and Facilities Manager: smmc2@cam.ac.uk

Please refer to the Further Particulars for this role, and use this as a guideline for your application.

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.

Flexible working requests would be considered. Please feel free to discuss flexibility prior to applying or at interview if your application is successful.

We particularly welcome applications 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 PF31470 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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Communications Coordinator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled Communications Coordinator to support the delivery of effective multi-channel communications for the Department. Zoology is home to a thriving community of researchers, students, staff, and visitors who work to answer the most exciting and important questions about how organisms develop, function, behave, interact and evolve. Members of the Department have a diverse range of research interests including exciting projects in areas such as conservation, ecology, evolution, cell and developmental biology and neurobiology.

This varied and dynamic role has key responsibilities in the provision of and support for communication content (including website and social media channels) and events, working closely with other stakeholders both in the Department and within the wider community. Support, development and maintenance of the Zoology SharePoint site is also an important part of this role. The role holder will work closely with the Director of Alumni Relations to take the lead with alumni relations programme activities, including the termly newsletter. You will build and develop strong relationships within the Department, with the Museum of Zoology, Cambridge Conservation Initiative, with others in the University such as the School of Biological Sciences Communications Team and with various external stakeholders.

Candidates will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, work effectively as part of a team and have the ability to build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of seniority. The successful candidate will have excellent planning and organisational skills with an eye for detail. You will have experience in using communications platforms, including social media tools and website content management systems, and demonstrate knowledge of audience-driven communications.

We have a proactive approach to personal and team development and we will provide training where necessary for this role. You will have access to a broad selection of staff benefits and personal development opportunities including discounts at a wide range of local and national businesses and educational opportunities 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.

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

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

Interviews in person are planned to take place in the week commencing 11 July 2022.

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.

Flexible working requests would be considered. Please feel free to discuss flexibility prior to applying or at interview if your application is successful.

We particularly welcome applications 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 PF31714 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: Biodiversity responses to landscape restoration

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher to join the Agroecology Group, led by Dr Lynn Dicks, in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.

The Agroecology Group is a team of ecologists and interdisciplinary conservation scientists, applying the best available technologies to understand ecological processes and functions in agricultural ecosystems, and to inform conservation of wild species living within and around working landscapes. We are embedded in the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (https://www.conservation.cam.ac.uk/) and co-located with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (https://www.cambridgeconservation.org/), a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focused biodiversity conservation organisations.

The successful applicant will lead biodiversity monitoring for a set of large-scale regeneration projects in three iconic UK landscapes. You will be a field ecologist with experience of working with invertebrates, and advanced analytical skills; you will be excited by the development of new technologies for scaling up biodiversity monitoring, and keen to develop a career at the forefront of this. Your expertise could include environmental DNA, passive acoustic monitoring, remote sensing and/or other technologies capable of measuring biodiversity responses at, or very close to, species level. You will identify existing datasets, lead the design and implementation of a survey regime to fill gaps, including field surveys of key arthropod taxa relevant to each landscape, an array of Passive Acoustic Monitoring devices to record sound data, and collection of samples for environmental DNA analysis. This is an up to four-year, career development post, and will include opportunities to develop your own research and build your teaching portfolio.

The post is part of the Centre for Landscape Regeneration (https://www.clr.conservation.cam.ac.uk/), funded under the Natural Environment Research Council's Changing the Environment Programme. You will join a multi-disciplinary team of 15 post-docs, from across Departments and disciplines, focusing on regeneration of the same three landscapes.

For more information on the research or the laboratory, please see https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/research/conservation-science/agroecology-group.

Email Dr Lynn Dicks lvd22@cam.ac.uk for informal enquiries or specific questions about the role.

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

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 request would 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 at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF31603 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 (Fixed Term): Collation of scientific evidence for the effective management of biodiversity

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work with Prof. William Sutherland and Dr Rebecca Smith on the Conservation Evidence project in the Conservation Science Group. Work will involve producing comprehensive reviews of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of interventions for the conservation of biodiversity. Reviews will be conducted using methods developed by the Conservation Evidence group at Cambridge (www.conservationevidence.com).

You must have excellent writing skills and a strong interest in biodiversity. The successful candidate will work closely with the Conservation Evidence team in Cambridge, as well as with advisory boards. The project is funded by the Leventis Foundation.

Essential required skills

  • A PhD in an area related to biodiversity

  • Ability to efficiently understand and extract relevant information from scientific papers

  • Ability to write clear, concise summaries of scientific papers, quickly and accurately , using a standardized style

  • Detailed knowledge of biodiversity and knowledge of ecosystem services

  • Good general understanding of ecological statistics and experimental design

  • Fluent at writing in English

  • Demonstrable ability to complete projects to the stage of good quality reports/publications on time

  • Ability to travel to meetings in the UK

Duties and responsibilities

  • Planning development of Conservation Evidence synopses, including working with international advisory boards and developing/updating agreed lists of interventions.

  • Compiling/updating databases of relevant references.

  • Summarising key results in plain English and producing synopses using standardized methods and formats developed by Conservation Evidence (https://www.conservationevidence.com/content/page/126)

  • Publishing the synopses on www.conservationevidence.com.

Applications: Please submit a 1 page cover letter and 2-4 page CV.

Interview date: Wednesday 13th July 2022.

Fixed-term: position is available for up to 23 months.

Full-time, working on site for at least 3 days per week.

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 arrangements would 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 PF31493 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