University of Cambridge

Job Opportunities


Research Assistant/Associate: Placental-maternal communication in the control of pregnancy outcome (Fixed Term)

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic post-doctoral Research Associate to join a highly-innovative project assessing how the placenta remote controls the metabolism of the mother to ensure fetal nutrient allocation and growth. This project will be directed by Principal Investigator, Dr Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri, whose lab is focussed on understanding the aetiology of pregnancy complications and the regulation of developmental processes in a wider context (

The successful applicant will have a PhD (or about to be awarded a PhD) in physiology, reproductive biology, endocrinology or related field. A background in placental physiology and metabolic regulation, experience of performing in vivo experiments with rodents including working with genetically-modified lines and performing surgical procedures, and handling large datasets are essential. Experience with experimental approaches to study cellular and whole body metabolic control and undertaking high throughput technologies like RNA-sequencing and mass spectrometry is desirable; however appropriate training will be provided for the successful candidate.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your full Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Further Particulars are available by clicking on the link below.

Please quote reference PM12235 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

Apply online