Postdoctoral Research Associate x 3 (Fixed Term)
The University of Cambridge wishes to appoint three postdoctoral Research
Associates in the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit (MBU) in Cambridge. These
"springboard-to-independence" positions will provide an opportunity for
successful candidates to lead their own research programme and thereby develop
their independent research profiles and future proposals, while benefitting
from the mentoring and support of MBU programme leaders. During this time the
successful candidates will receive a competitive salary, will hire a
postdoctoral Research Associate or a Research Assistant to work on the project
under their supervision, and will be provided with a consumables allocation,
laboratory space, and full access to MBU facilities.
The post holders will be supported to apply for future funding while at the
MBU to enable them to build on this opportunity and move into fully
independent positions. The proposed projects must fit with the mission of the
MBU "to understand mitochondrial biology in health and disease, and to exploit
this understanding to develop new therapies and improve human health" and must
be broadly aligned with the research of at least one of the following MBU
programme leaders: Professor Judy Hirst, Professor Patrick Chinnery, Professor
Edmund Kunji, Dr Michal Minczuk, Professor Michael Murphy, Dr Julien Prudent
and Dr Alexander Whitworth.
Candidates will have a PhD in a relevant discipline, significant postdoctoral
research experience at the time of appointment, a track record of cutting-edge
research achievements and publications, and will be required to present their
research proposal for evaluation. Applications are welcome from both non-
clinically and clinically qualified individuals.
The University of Cambridge is committed, in its pursuit of academic and
research excellence, to a pro-active and inclusive approach to equality, which
supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive
culture, and values diversity. The MBU is part of the School of Clinical
Medicine, which holds an Athena Swan Silver Award and supports an Academic
Women's Forum. Flexible working and working from home arrangements are
available. The University particularly encourages women and candidates from
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to apply. These positions are
fixed term posts for up to 4 years from the date of appointment. Funding is
available until 31 March 2027.
The MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit is a world-renowned centre for research in
mitochondrial biology. Additional information can be found at www. mrc-
mbu.cam.ac.uk. For informal enquiries prior to making an application, please
contact one of the MBU programme leaders listed above.
Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment
system (if you have not already) and apply online.
Closing Date: 16 October 2022
Interview Date: TBC
Applicants should include a CV and covering letter with their application,
plus contact information for two professional referees. A brief outline (one
page) of the research proposal must also be included and should provide the
following information: proposal title and research aims; how the proposed
research fits with the mission of the MBU; the outline and scope of the
research programme, the techniques/models to be used, any specialised
equipment/resource requirements. Available budget and resources will be
discussed at the interview stage.
Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone
number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.
Please quote reference SM33176 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.
MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit
14 September 2022
16 October 2022