Postdoctoral Research Associate – Morphological Evolution Group

Department of Zoology

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 08th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £32,816-£40,322
  • REF: PF25622
  • Closes: 08th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

A Research Associate post is available in the Morphological Evolution Research Group lead by Emília Santos in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. The preferred start date is 1st May 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The funds for this project are available for up to 18 months.

The successful candidate will compare neural crest development across cichlid fish species harbouring variation in neural crest derived traits (e.g. pigmentation patterns and craniofacial skeleton), to determine when and how variation in neural crest developmental mechanisms shapes adult trait morphology. The project will involve the use of a diverse set of techniques such as in situ hybridisation gene expression assays, live imaging of fluorescent reporter lines, and single cell RNA sequencing.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong interest in evolutionary developmental biology, comparative embryology, and genomics. Applications should include a motivation letter (one side of A4) and a CV with contact details of two referees.

We are committed to increasing diversity, equity and inclusiveness in STEM and encourage applications from underrepresented groups

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up until 31 October 2022.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

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Please quote reference PF25622 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.
Further information

  • Further Information – PDRA – PF25622

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