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Dear fellow postdocs, on this webpage you will find information and links that are likely to be relevant for you during your time in the Department.

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Joining us?

Below, you will find some links that will help you during your first weeks in the department.

  • Need a place to stay? The University runs its own Accommodation Service to assist University Staff, both current and those arriving to take up posts, in finding suitable accommodation.
  • Our health and safety officer, Barney Leeke, has designed an online introductory safety course for everyone joining the department.
  • The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA) offers a range of helpful information and support to postdocs, their partners and families. Subscribe to the OPdA Mailouts for regular updates on postdoc events and opportunities.
  • Postdocs Of Cambridge (PdOC) is the Cambridge University Society for postdoctoral research staff and Junior Research Fellows (JRFs). PdOC represents postdocs in career development, contract research conditions, college affiliation, and social and sporting issues. All Cambridge postdocs are welcome to join, and there is no membership fee. Join the mailing list to hear about events and opportunities for postdocs in Cambridge.
  • Register with the Careers Service for regular emails about career development opportunities.

Research Ethics

The University of Cambridge has four School-level Research Ethics Committees that can review projects involving Human participants and personal data. Some Departments, Faculties and Institutes also have their own local Research Ethics Committees or procedures such as The Cambridge Human Biology Research Ethics Committee.

The Departmental contact in respect of giving advice in relation to Research Ethics to current and future researchers is  Tel: +44 1223 334032

Contacts in the department:

Head of Department
Deputy Head of Department 334053
 Departmental Administrator 334002
Principal Technician and Safety Officer 334031
Senior Secretary  334000

A full list of all departmental contacts, including admin and IT is available here.

Equality and Diversity

The Department of Pharmacology is committed to equality and diversity and, in recognition of this, has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. The University’s training module gives a good introduction to the relevant material and is compulsory for all members of the Department.


Parents and Carers in the Department of Pharmacology

  • The Equality and Diversity Committee has put together a webpage with information and links for all parents and carers in the department.
  • SPACE (Supporting Parents & Carers at Cambridge):



The following support structures are available within the University:


Personal and Professional Development

  • Navigator - A Personal Development Programme for Men.
  • Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to championing career and personal development for researchers.
  • The Researcher Development Programme provides development opportunities for postdoctoral researchers and research staff in leadership, teaching and learning, personal effectiveness, coaching and mentoring, and strategic career management.
  • The University of Cambridge Careers Service can help with CV/cover letter checks, practice interviews, one-to-one sessions for advice about your career direction and options, and anything else career-related you would like to discuss.


Scientific resources

  • Looking for a collaborator to combine your exciting experimental results with theoretical analysis or modeling? The Theory of Living Matter group is a new initiative to build a network for researchers interested in theoretical analysis and modeling biological phenomena in Cambridge. The group aims to bring together theoretically oriented scientists (physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists and others) and biologists on a postdoctoral or young group leader level.
  • Need help with your statistics? The Statistics Clinic aims to offer free statistical consulting services to all university members. Clinic sessions happen fortnightly during the term and around once a month outside the term.



Thinking of applying for a fellowship? Our Fellowship Mentoring Programme can help! Contact Marie if you want to see examples of both successful and unsuccessful applications from people in the Department, or speak to someone who has applied for the same fellowship you are going for!


Travel Grants for attending workshops and conferences


Events @ Pharmacology

The postgraduate & postdoc committee organizes a variety of events to foster exchange between the different departmental research groups in a more social environment. We have welfare tea time, career talks, the recently launched book club and many more. For career sessions we invite a variety of people from academia, industry, policy, etc. If you know of anyone you think might be an interesting person to talk to, please let the committee know!

The current term calendar is available online.