Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Pharmacology

2 Posts

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral posts in calcium signalling, one of which will focus on lysosomes, to work in the laboratory of Prof. Colin Taylor at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge. The lab combines diverse approaches to examine the structural basis of intracellular calcium signalling and it enjoys collaborations with labs in other disciplines. Further information at:

Applicants will have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD. For one post, experience with advanced optical microscopy (TIRFM, STORM) and quantitative image analysis is essential. Applications for both posts are encouraged from applicants familiar with calcium signalling or lysosomal biology, or with experience in other areas (eg, biophysics, cell biology, stem cells) and a willingness to apply their expertise to calcium signalling.

The appointees will be enthusiastic, careful and methodical, ready to accept responsibility individually and as part of a team, self-motivated, able to organise, perform and analyse experiments with considerable independence, engaged with the literature, and keen to combine different approaches to explore mechanisms of calcium signalling.

Funds for these posts are available for up to 3 years with effect from 1 February 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting salary will be within the range £29,301 to £38,183 pa.

The key duties require the development and execution of a research project, but the appointees will also be involved with our outreach activities, contribute to the activities of others in the lab, and take a share of communal lab responsibilities.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will direct you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account and log in before completing the online application form. For the online application you will need to provide your personal details, names and e-mail addresses of two referees familiar with your recent research, CV, publications and a cover letter (including a description of your experience as it relates to the job specifications). For enquiries about the online application process, please contact Ms Amparo Saez (

The deadline for receipt of applications is 23 December, 2016. Interviews of short-listed candidates will take place in early January.

Please quote reference PL10841 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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