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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 staff, graduate students and visitors. Research in the Department 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 a highest standard of support to our research and teaching labs. This is a great opportunity to become part of Zoology's vibrant, friendly and welcoming community and 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 role in the Department. You should have experience working within a biological lab environment, be an excellent communicator with good organisation skills, keen 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 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 PF41035 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

Scientific Support Coordinator

Current Vacancies - Mon, 25/03/2024 - 00:00

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 staff, graduate students and visitors. Research in the Department 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 a highest standard of support to our research and teaching labs. This is a great opportunity to become part of Zoology's vibrant, friendly and welcoming community and 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 role in the Department. You should have experience working within a biological lab environment, be an excellent communicator with good organisation skills, keen 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 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 PF41035 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.

Teaching Office Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and positive individual to join the teaching team in the Department of Zoology as a Temporary Teaching Office Assistant. You will make an important contribution to the effective administration and delivery of undergraduate education in the Department.

The Department of Zoology is one of the largest research and teaching departments in the University, with a final-year undergraduate class of about 90. The Department teaches on 10 courses within the undergraduate Natural Sciences Tripos and currently trains approximately 90 graduate students.

The role will include various tasks associated with providing day-to-day delivery of all administrative processes and functions related to undergraduate and graduate teaching. You will organise the four residential undergraduate field courses, be a point of contact for student and academic staff queries within the Department and assist the Teaching Manager. You may also be required to provide additional support to the Postgraduate Administrator, particularly during the postgraduate admissions period. You will be a great team player with excellent communication, organisational and great time management skills. You should have an excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook). Previous experience in a responsible administrative role would be desirable.

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 entitlements, 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 relocation/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 email Francesca Anthony fa377@cam.ac.uk to learn more about this role.

For more details, please refer to the Further Information below.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for twelve 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 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 PF40995 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

Teaching Office Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Current Vacancies - Thu, 21/03/2024 - 00:00

We are looking for an enthusiastic and positive individual to join the teaching team in the Department of Zoology as a Temporary Teaching Office Assistant. You will make an important contribution to the effective administration and delivery of undergraduate education in the Department.

The Department of Zoology is one of the largest research and teaching departments in the University, with a final-year undergraduate class of about 90. The Department teaches on 10 courses within the undergraduate Natural Sciences Tripos and currently trains approximately 90 graduate students.

The role will include various tasks associated with providing day-to-day delivery of all administrative processes and functions related to undergraduate and graduate teaching. You will organise the four residential undergraduate field courses, be a point of contact for student and academic staff queries within the Department and assist the Teaching Manager. You may also be required to provide additional support to the Postgraduate Administrator, particularly during the postgraduate admissions period. You will be a great team player with excellent communication, organisational and great time management skills. You should have an excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook). Previous experience in a responsible administrative role would be desirable.

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 entitlements, 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 relocation/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 email Francesca Anthony fa377@cam.ac.uk to learn more about this role.

For more details, please refer to the Further Information below.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for twelve 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 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 PF40995 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.

Custodian (Fixed Term)

We are looking for a proactive and self-motivated individual to join our in-house Facilities team as Custodian at the Department of Zoology.

Located in the heart of Cambridge, the Zoology Department is a thriving, friendly and dynamic community of researchers, students, professional services staff and visitors who are passionate about exploring the wonders of the natural world. 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 of buildings management and custodian functions. Reporting to the Building Services Manager, the role holder will manage the Zoology cleaning team of 8 and will be responsible for the delivery of high standards across all areas of activity within the various central Cambridge Zoology sites. Areas of responsibility will include the security of departmental buildings, housekeeping and cleaning, routine building maintenance, alarm systems and monitoring building utilities usage.

The Departmental Custodian will coordinate building refurbishment works and liaise on a daily basis with the Building Services Team, Estates Division, Equans and specialist contractors. They will also provide suitable cover for the Building Services Manager in times of their absence.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have worked in a similar role and be IT literate, although training will be given in the use of computer systems used. You will have technical aptitude and the ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a team. Good communication skills, excellent time keeping and remaining calm under pressure are essential in this role. They will have technical aptitude and the ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a team. Good communication skills, excellent time keeping and remaining calm under pressure are essential in this role. Being highly motivated, conscientious and honest is prerequisite for this role.

Applicants should have a level standard of education/NVQ level 3 vocational qualifications or equivalent level of practical experience. You should be able to demonstrate factual and theoretical knowledge in custodial work, ability to deal calmly with academic, research, professional services staff, visitors and external contractors.

This full-time position requires the post-holder to work on-site Monday - Friday, and availability for attendance for out-of-hours work may be necessary on occasions.

As an employee, you will have access to a range of excellent University of Cambridge benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, comprehensive maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave entitlement, various family-friendly schemes (e.g., workplace nurseries), an auto-enrolment pension scheme with a generous employer contribution, shopping discounts at over 2,000 local and national stores, the opportunity to participate in the cycle-to-work scheme, access to University of Cambridge training and many more.

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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 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.

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

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 PF40105 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

Custodian (Fixed Term)

Current Vacancies - Wed, 28/02/2024 - 00:00

We are looking for a proactive and self-motivated individual to join our in-house Facilities team as Custodian at the Department of Zoology.

Located in the heart of Cambridge, the Zoology Department is a thriving, friendly and dynamic community of researchers, students, professional services staff and visitors who are passionate about exploring the wonders of the natural world. 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 of buildings management and custodian functions. Reporting to the Building Services Manager, the role holder will manage the Zoology cleaning team of 8 and will be responsible for the delivery of high standards across all areas of activity within the various central Cambridge Zoology sites. Areas of responsibility will include the security of departmental buildings, housekeeping and cleaning, routine building maintenance, alarm systems and monitoring building utilities usage.

The Departmental Custodian will coordinate building refurbishment works and liaise on a daily basis with the Building Services Team, Estates Division, Equans and specialist contractors. They will also provide suitable cover for the Building Services Manager in times of their absence.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have worked in a similar role and be IT literate, although training will be given in the use of computer systems used. You will have technical aptitude and the ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a team. Good communication skills, excellent time keeping and remaining calm under pressure are essential in this role. They will have technical aptitude and the ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a team. Good communication skills, excellent time keeping and remaining calm under pressure are essential in this role. Being highly motivated, conscientious and honest is prerequisite for this role.

Applicants should have a level standard of education/NVQ level 3 vocational qualifications or equivalent level of practical experience. You should be able to demonstrate factual and theoretical knowledge in custodial work, ability to deal calmly with academic, research, professional services staff, visitors and external contractors.

This full-time position requires the post-holder to work on-site Monday - Friday, and availability for attendance for out-of-hours work may be necessary on occasions.

As an employee, you will have access to a range of excellent University of Cambridge benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, comprehensive maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave entitlement, various family-friendly schemes (e.g., workplace nurseries), an auto-enrolment pension scheme with a generous employer contribution, shopping discounts at over 2,000 local and national stores, the opportunity to participate in the cycle-to-work scheme, access to University of Cambridge training and many more.

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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 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.

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

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 PF40105 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.

Announcing the Student Support Fund in Memory of John Treherne

News from this site - Mon, 26/02/2024 - 08:15

John Treherne was, during his time at Cambridge (1955-1989), one of the most influential and charismatic members of the Department of Zoology: a brilliant scientist, a much-valued colleague, and an exceptional mentor. As a tribute to John and the important values that he promoted, we have set up a new fund in his memory...

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