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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Biological microfluidics


A post-doctoral Research Associate position in Department of Zoology, located in Central Cambridge, is available from 1 September 2018 for up to twelve months, to work with Professor Eske Willerslev on developing new microfluidic methods in ancient plant genomics.

The PDRA will work on microfluidic components of a new method for high-throughput genome sequencing of single fossil pollen grains and its application to studying past plant population dynamics. Currently, our ability to reconstruct plant population dynamics beyond the last 150 years is limited to only a small number of species. The proposed method is expected to provide such information for thousands of species across the plant kingdom and open up a wide array of exciting new research possibilities in the fields of evolutionary biology, ecology and archaeology.

Duties will include developing and optimising biomicrofluidic techniques, setting up a biomicrofluidic pipeline, analysing the data and writing up the results. There is scope for the focus of the techniques/ analyses to reflect the interests of the candidate.

Essential skills:

  • PhD or equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject (physics, bioengineering, biotechnology or a related field);
  • Advanced quantitative and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and optimization of microfluidic techniques and/ or platforms;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with single-cell microfluidics;
  • Demonstrated record in written (i.e. scientific journals) and oral (i.e. professional conferences) communication in relevant subjects;
  • Ambition and drive, strong work ethic and good interpersonal skills;
  • Enthusiasm to interact with colleagues;
  • Ability to organise time and work effectively, independently and responsibly in a research team setting.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available from 1 September 2018 for up to 12 months.

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Please quote reference PF15731 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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