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Next Generation Research Fellow (Fixed Term)

The Centre for Trophoblast Research (CTR) was founded in 2007 as a Centre of excellence to promote scientific study of the placenta, early development and maternal-fetal interactions during pregnancy. It brings together over 30 Principal Investigators, many of whom are recognized international experts in their fields. The CTR was one of the University of Cambridge's first inter-school initiatives.

The CTR has an established highly-successful program to fund and mentor Next Generation Research Fellowships (NGF). NGF are aimed at promoting the careers of high-calibre individuals pursuing innovative research falling within the remit of the Centre. NGF are flexible to suit individual needs, and to enable the postholder to develop as an independent researcher within a supportive and stimulating environment. Holders are expected, and will be supported, to apply for Research Fellowship/Career Development Awards from research councils or other funders, or a faculty position during their tenure. NGF are a springboard to a long and successful career in the field of placental and reproductive biology.

The CTR has an opening for a Next Generation Research Fellow who will complement and synergise with our existing research programmes.

We welcome applications from across a diverse range of research relevant to our Grand Challenges on our web site:

NGF will be mentored to develop and establish an independent research program to carry out research that will complement that of other groups within the CTR. NGF will be expected to contribute fully to the activities of the CTR and to their host department. They will supervise MPhil/masters, summer and/or Part II students. They may be a co-applicant on research grant applications to recruit, train and co-supervise postdoctoral researchers, research assistants, technical staff and PhD students, depending on the outcome of external funding. They will act proactively to manage their group members.

The post holder will be expected to create a strong track record of publishing high impact papers and disseminate the results of their work in any ways that seem appropriate and effective and will be responsible for safety within the group, including responsibility for compliance with all relevant laws (Home Office, HTA, HFEA). Candidates should hold a PhD in a relevant subject and have extensive in-depth knowledge of their chosen subject, as well as a high-quality publication track record in academic journals or equivalent.

The appointment will be on a fixed-term, full-time basis for three years, with the possibility of up to one year extension. The salary range is £32,344 - £40,927, plus justified research consumables/equipment up to £20,000 per annum and travel support. Applications for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements are welcomed.

To apply to this post, candidates should first identify a research Sponsor from the list of Principal Investigators within the Centre for Trophoblast Research and discuss their research plans with them.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Candidates must submit their CV and a fully-costed research proposal using the CTR application form via the recruitment system. In addition, candidates should ask up to three referees to email a confidential letter of reference to by the closing date of 28th January 2022.

Informal enquiries should be directed to the CTR Administrator, Noelia Corral-Ferre:

Please quote reference PM28678 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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