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Postdoctoral posts (2): available now

Salary: £29,301 - £38,183

Vacancy Reference: PL10841

Starting date: 1 February 2017

Closing date: 23 December 2016

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral posts in calcium signalling, one of which will focus on lysosomes, to work in the laboratory of Prof. Colin Taylor at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge. The lab combines diverse approaches to examine the structural basis of intracellular calcium signalling and it enjoys collaborations with labs in other disciplines.

Applicants will have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD. For one post, experience with advanced optical microscopy (TIRFM, STORM) and quantitative image analysis is essential. Applications for both posts are encouraged from applicants familiar with calcium signalling or lysosomal biology, or with experience in other areas (eg, biophysics, cell biology, stem cells) and a willingness to apply their expertise to calcium signalling.

The appointees will be enthusiastic, careful and methodical, ready to accept responsibility individually and as part of a team, self-motivated, able to organise, perform and analyse experiments with considerable independence, engaged with the literature, and keen to combine different approaches to explore mechanisms of calcium signalling.

Funds for these posts are available for up to 3 years with effect from 1 February 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting salary will be within the range £29,301 to £38,183 pa.

The key duties require the development and execution of a research project, but the appointees will also be involved with our outreach activities, contribute to the activities of others in the lab, and take a share of communal lab responsibilities.

Please apply online: This will direct you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account and log in before completing the online application form. For the online application you will need to provide your personal details, names and e-mail addresses of two referees familiar with your recent research, CV, publications and a cover letter (including a description of your experience as it relates to the job specifications). For enquiries about the online application process, please contact Ms Amparo Saez (

The deadline for receipt of applications is 23 December, 2016. Interviews of short-listed candidates will take place in early January.

Please quote reference PL10841 on your application and in any correspondence.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN bronze award, demonstrating a commitment to provide equal opportunities. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

We are always pleased to hear from candidates interested in joining the lab.

Pre-university students

We are unable to offer laboratory placements for pre-university students. However, our Young Pharmas scheme provides opportunities for Year 12 students.

Undergraduate placements

Funds are available to support summer placements in the laboratory, usually for periods of 8-10 weeks. Please contact us early in the year if you are considering applying for a summer placement. It is not usually practicable to consider short-term placements for undergraduates at other times of the year.

Research students

We are happy to consider applications from suitably qualified applicants from the UK or abroad for research studentships. Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Taylor ( as early as possible in the academic year for which you hope to secure admission. You should note that many application deadlines, particularly for those applying from outside the UK, are as far as 10 months ahead of the usual start dates in October. Please consult the graduate admissions pages on the department’s website for up-to-date information on applications (

Many research studentships (BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, BHF) now include a first year during which you gain research experience in 2-3 different laboratories ('research rotations') before deciding on the lab in which to begin studies for a PhD.


Consult the department's web pages ( for further details of graduate admissions procedures.

Postdoctoral research fellows

Enquiries from candidates within the UK or abroad who are interested in joining the lab as postdoctoral fellows are invited to contact Professor Taylor ( well in advance of the preferred starting date.

Early enquires allow time to arrange visits or meetings, to prepare applications for funding, and to catch funding deadlines, some of which occur only once each year. We are happy to consider enquiries from applicants at every level of experience, from graduate students close to finishing a PhD to experienced researchers seeking to establish an independent research group by applying for competitive research fellowships. We welcome applications from the UK and abroad. When we have specific posts available within the lab, details will be posted here.

We have two vacancies for postdoctoral fellows. The closing date for applications is 21 December 2016. Further details from:

Technical staff

Any available posts for technical support staff will be advertised here, in, the local press, and on the University web site. We have no vacancies at present.


Please address enquires to Colin Taylor ().