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Postdoctoral Research Associate x 3 (Fixed Term)

The University of Cambridge wishes to appoint three postdoctoral Research Associates in the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit (MBU) in Cambridge. These "springboard-to-independence" positions will provide an opportunity for successful candidates to lead their own research programme and thereby develop their independent research profiles and future proposals, while benefitting from the mentoring and support of MBU programme leaders. During this time the successful candidates will receive a competitive salary, will hire a postdoctoral Research Associate or a Research Assistant to work on the project under their supervision, and will be provided with a consumables allocation, laboratory space, and full access to MBU facilities.

The post holders will be supported to apply for future funding while at the MBU to enable them to build on this opportunity and move into fully independent positions. The proposed projects must fit with the mission of the MBU "to understand mitochondrial biology in health and disease, and to exploit this understanding to develop new therapies and improve human health" and must be broadly aligned with the research of at least one of the following MBU programme leaders: Professor Judy Hirst, Professor Patrick Chinnery, Professor Edmund Kunji, Dr Michal Minczuk, Professor Michael Murphy, Dr Julien Prudent and Dr Alexander Whitworth.

Candidates will have a PhD in a relevant discipline, significant postdoctoral research experience at the time of appointment, a track record of cutting-edge research achievements and publications, and will be required to present their research proposal for evaluation. Applications are welcome from both non-clinically and clinically qualified individuals.

The University of Cambridge is committed, in its pursuit of academic and research excellence, to a pro-active and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity. The MBU is part of the School of Clinical Medicine, which holds an Athena Swan Silver Award and supports an Academic Women's Forum. Flexible working and working from home arrangements are available. The University particularly encourages women and candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to apply. These positions are fixed term posts for up to 4 years from the date of appointment. Funding is available until 31 March 2027.

The MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit is a world-renowned centre for research in mitochondrial biology. Additional information can be found at For informal enquiries prior to making an application, please contact one of the MBU programme leaders listed above.

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Closing Date: 16 October 2022

Interview Date: TBC

Applicants should include a CV and covering letter with their application, plus contact information for two professional referees. A brief outline (one page) of the research proposal must also be included and should provide the following information: proposal title and research aims; how the proposed research fits with the mission of the MBU; the outline and scope of the research programme, the techniques/models to be used, any specialised equipment/resource requirements. Available budget and resources will be discussed at the interview stage.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SM33176 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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