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Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Biological Sciences


The Managers of the Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Fund invite applications for four Fellowships to be held in a Department in the School of the Biological Sciences (SBS) at the University of Cambridge from 1 October 2020 or otherwise by negotiation. Fellows are required to pursue their research on a full-time basis in Cambridge.

Preference will be given to those working at the interface with the physical sciences (for example using computational, engineering, mathematical, synthetic biology or systems biology approaches) and who have or can develop appropriate links with colleagues in the physical sciences. The Fellowships are tenable up to three years. The Fellowship stipend will be on the University's Postdoctoral Research Associate scale, currently between £32,816-£40,322per annum, with an annual research allowance of up to £15,000.

In accordance with Dr Smith's will, candidature is limited to candidates who have obtained their PhD degree, or equivalent, within the last three years at any university but normally excluding Cambridge and Harvard. Fellowships can only be offered to those with less than three years of postdoctoral experience by the time the award is taken up.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years

Closing date for applications: 31 December 2019. Successful candidates will be contacted by 20 March 2020

Any submitted application that does not include ALL of the following content required below will not be considered for the Fellowship:

1.Department support letter: Each candidate is required to submit a letter from a SBS Department / Research Group in Cambridge that outlines their willingness to host and support the candidate's research during the Fellowship. Candidates are advised to contact the relevant Department and / or principal investigator(s) directly prior to submission.

2.Research project summary: One page summary of your proposed project, including the name of the SBS Department / Research Group within which you hope to join.

3.Research project description: A detailed description (maximum of 4 pages) of the proposed project. You are advised to consult the relevant Department and / or other resources to ensure that your proposal is appropriately related to the group which you hope to join.

4.Curriculum vitae: Maximum of 3 pages outlining academic career, qualifications and full list of publications to date; please include hyperlinks of 3 best publications (not full copies).

5.References: Contact details of 3 referees. The completed references will be required by 17 January 2020. Please ensure that selected referees are fully contactable throughout the process. Upon submission of your application, referees will be directly contacted to request that they upload a reference for you on the University's online recruitment system.

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More information about the School of the Biological Sciences and its Departments can be found on the School's website: http://www.bio.cam.ac.uk/.

For discipline-related queries, please contact the relevant Head of Department or principal investigator directly.

Other enquiries can be directed to Paulina Pieprzyca at pp453@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference EW20987 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.

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