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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Research Associate / Postdoctoral Fellowship (Fixed Term)

The VISIONLAB of Dr Sarah Bohndiek develops novel imaging approaches for early cancer detection and evaluation of disease prognosis based on low cost optics and photonics technologies. They also apply new optical imaging methods in cancer models to explore the role of the tumour microenvironment in cancer development and are active in clinical translation of these methods.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow 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 research project will be based at the Department of Physics. The successful candidate will have a pivotal role in the Technology Team within the laboratory and also support ongoing work in the EPSRC-CRUK Cancer Imaging Centre in Cambridge and Manchester. They should be willing to be undertake a supervisory role in the projects of junior researchers, from idea generation to experimental execution. The development of independent research projects and student supervision will also be expected. A track record in successful grant management and leadership would therefore be desirable. We particularly encourage applications from those with a passion for science communication and public engagement.

Candidates must have a strong academic research record in optics and photonics as well as a demonstrable ability to work independently and to defined time scales. Experience in at least one of the following areas is essential: biomedical optics; optical fibre technology; photodetectors and imaging; microscope design and construction; Raman micro-spectroscopy; theoretical modelling and experimental validation of light transport in complex media. A proven track record of scientific publication and presentation at international conferences is also essential. Experience in advanced statistical analysis of spectroscopic data is desirable. Previous experience of collaborating with clinicians or working within a clinical environment would be an advantage, since the role involves frequent interactions with colleagues in oncology and gastroenterology.

Funds for this post are provided by Cancer Research UK. The post is available from 1 October 2017 and will be a fixed term appointment for 2 years in the first instance, with a potential for a 1 year extension subject to satisfactory progress. The closing date for applications is July 28th 2017. Applications will be rapidly reviewed and long listed candidates will be invited for telephone interview in early August. Short listed candidates will then be invited to visit the laboratory for a full interview.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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.

For more information, please see or email While the role will be based in the Department of Physics, the successful candidate will be expected to work with members of the laboratory based at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and collaborators across the University.

Please quote reference KA12549 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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