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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

The VISIONLAB, led by Dr Sarah Bohndiek, uses next-generation imaging sciences to advance our understanding of tumour evolution. We apply the latest spectral imaging hardware, together with biophysical models and machine learning methods, to studies of cancer in both mouse models and patients.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate to join the VISIONLAB, which is co-located in the Department of Physics and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute at the University of Cambridge. The successful applicant should have a PhD in physical sciences or engineering. They will drive forward a multidisciplinary project advancing the use of Raman spectroscopy. In particular, they will be responsible for pioneering the application of Raman spectroscopy to the study of small molecule metabolites in living cells and tissues.

The successful applicant should be able to demonstrate a strong track record of scientific publication and presentation at international research meetings, commensurate with their research experience. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the laboratory, excellent communication and team working skills are essential. Experience in Raman spectroscopy is essential. Practical knowledge of biomedical application of Raman spectroscopy, other live cell microscopy methods and/or algorithm development for spectral data processing would be advantageous.

Key responsibilities will include: development of advanced Raman spectroscopy methods suitable for application in living cells and tissues; collection and analysis of experimental microscopy data; managing a multidisciplinary collaboration across several institutions; and supervision of graduate and undergraduate students in the laboratory.

For more information on the research of the laboratory, please see Email with informal enquiries or specific questions about the role.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance, but may be extended (subject to satisfactory performance) should suitable fellowship or grant funding be secured. The VISIONLAB strongly encourages and supports candidate-driven efforts to obtain competitive fellowships.

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

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Closing date: 28th January 2022.

It is expected that interviews will be conducted in February 2022. The successful candidate would ideally start before August 2022.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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 include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 £30,497) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

Please quote reference SW29250 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.

Further information

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th November 2021
Closes: 28th January 2022
Job Ref: SW29250
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