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Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Laboratory for Development and Evolution (fixed term)

A post-doctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Zoology, located in Central Cambridge, is available from 1st April 2019 for up to one year.

We are looking for a developmental biologist/geneticist to work with Professor Michael Akam on a BBSRC funded project investigating the mechanisms of segmentation in Drosophila and other arthropods, in collaboration with Erik Clark (Harvard) and Andrew Peel (Leeds).

Applicants will need a PhD in developmental biology, genetics or a closely related subject; they will have experience of using genetic constructs or other gene manipulation techniques in Drosophila or other arthropods, of working with embryos and of confocal microscopy. Experience in live imaging and/or image analysis would be desirable. They will be able to organise time, plan ahead to work effectively and independently; have good data handling and analysis skills, and good communication skills (written and oral); and proven ability work in a team. Desirable characteristics are a background knowledge (e.g. from degree courses) of evolutionary biology, systems biology or the mechanisms of segmentation.

Duties will include: - Maintaining Drosophila stocks and carrying out crosses and gene manipulations in Drosophila and other arthropods to analyse segmentation gene function;

  • Preparing arthropod embryos for immunohistochemistry and for multiplex in situ hybridisation using HCR (Hybridisation Chain Reaction) probes;

  • Analysing gene expression by confocal microscopy;

  • Preparation of manuscripts for publication.

Interviews are planned for the week commencing 18 March 2019. Informal enquiries can be addressed to Michael Akam (

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

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Please quote reference PF18129 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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