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NCBS-inStem Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications are invited for a NCBS-inStem Postdoctoral Fellowship programme to work on a four-year collaborative project entitled “Chromatin architecture and functional enhancers in metastatic cancer progression”, which includes Dr. Dimple Notani’s group at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India and Dr. Sakari Vanharanta’s group at the MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge, UK. Half of the postdoctoral tenure will be spent at NCBS, while the other half will be at Cambridge.

The broad goal of the project is to study how chromatin architecture and eRNAs on functional enhancers drive metastatic cancer progression using state-of-the art functional genomics and experimental models of metastasis. The candidate will perform a series of chromatin architectural and transcriptional studies at NCBS, followed by functional validation in experimental metastasis models in Cambridge.

Applicants should have (or be about to receive) a PhD in Molecular biology or biochemistry. Experience in experimental animal models, chromatin and transcriptional studies or bioinformatics is desirable.

Applications, sent by email to Dr. Notani ( and Dr. Vanharanta (, should include a CV, publication list, and contact details for three referees. Candidates will first be invited for an in person or electronic interview at NCBS or Cambridge soon after. The selected candidate will then develop a two page proposal jointly with Dr. Notani and Dr. Vanharanta and will submit a complete application (proposal, CV and two letters of recommendation, including one from their Ph. D. thesis advisor) to the Bangalore-Cambridge selection committee by 21st April 2017. Candidates will present a talk and be interviewed by a panel in either Bangalore or Cambridge in the third week of May, 2017. Appointment decisions will be announced soon after.

The closing date for initial applications is 7th April 2017.


Research Centre Manager

£39,324 - £49,772 pa

We seek an energetic and skilled manager with prior relevant experience, for this senior role in managing an active cancer research institute in the University of Cambridge. The Hutchison/MRC Research Centre is a purpose-built institute that houses the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cancer Unit and components of the Department of Oncology, and includes advanced scientific resources for molecular cell biology, imaging and data analytics. Research programmes within the institute span basic to patient-led research on cancer, with overall funding of >£7M annually. This position will be held in the MRC Cancer Unit and based within the institute, which is located in the rapidly expanding Cambridge Biomedical Campus based on the Addenbrooke’s Hospital site.

The post-holder’s main responsibilities will be: (1) to ensure the efficient and effective provision of essential scientific facilities and support services (including molecular cell biology, computation/IT, advanced microscopy) for researchers in the Centre, through the management of staff teams involved in laboratory infrastructure, IT and health and safety, comprising ~20 staff. (2) to ensure effective allocation and management of core infrastructure and MRC Cancer Unit funds, secured via quinquennial review and through annual capital bidding processes for specialized scientific equipment, and (3) to ensure cost-effective upkeep of the Centre’s building infrastructure, services and advanced instrumentation.  In this senior position, the post-holder will line manage staff leading the Centre’s teams for laboratory infrastructure, IT and health & safety, and play a key role in developing future strategy to deliver these responsibilities.

Candidates should be educated to BSc level or equivalent in biomedical science or other relevant subject, and should have a postgraduate management/financial qualification, or equivalent knowledge and experience gained in a relevant research environment.

Candidates must demonstrate an ability (ideally through prior experience) to effectively manage complex multi-£M budgets over periods of several years, and be able to produce and communicate financial reports and forecasts using appropriate software. Candidates must demonstrate (ideally through prior experience) sufficient understanding of scientific and IT issues to manage provision of essential infrastructure, instrumentation and facilities. Candidates must have experience in (or demonstrate the aptitude for) line-managing skilled staff providing scientific support. Thus, prior experience of managing an active biomedical research institute is highly desirable. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential, and would ideally include the ability to communicate with administrative as well as scientific colleagues over a wide range of seniority.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo relevant security checks.

For further information and to apply online for this vacancy go to: . This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role, CV and the contact details of two employment referees in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference SK11471 in your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. Applications received after the deadline may be considered at the discretion of the assessing panel.

Closing date for applications is 17 March 2017.

Interviews will be held w/c 27 March 2017.