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OpenPlant Laboratory Manager (Fixed Term)

A position is available for an experienced postdoctoral research associate to assist with management of the OpenPlant Laboratory at the Department of Plant Sciences at Cambridge University, directed by Dr Jim Haseloff. OpenPlant is a BBSRC-EPSRC funded Synthetic Biology Research Centre. It is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory.

Laboratory research will focus on the development of foundational technologies for engineering of the model plant Marchantia polymorpha. The newly renovated laboratory will house state-of-the-art equipment for automated DNA assembly, genome editing, plant transformation, cytometry and high throughput microscopy. In addition to research activities, the appointee will help manage the laboratory, including supervision of a research technician, and training and oversight of maintenance of instrumentation.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in plant molecular biology or synthetic biology, including a PhD in a relevant area. Experience with synthetic biology techniques, DNA assembly, cytometry, microscopy and laboratory management will be advantageous.

The OpenPlant SBRC is focused on the development of open foundational technologies for plant synthetic biology and their application for engineering new traits in crop systems.

OpenPlant will (i) fund interdisciplinary efforts in plant Synthetic Biology, to explore novel foundational technologies and applications, build shared resources and provide a point of exchange for young scientists and entrepreneurs; (ii) promote two-tier intellectual property models that will promote sharing of DNA components and freedom-to-operate for commercial applications of plant synthetic biology, and (iii) address responsible innovation, and explore the potential wider impacts of synthetic biology on sustainable practices in agriculture, bioproduction, land use and environmental conservation. (http://www.openplant.org)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 2 September 2019 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/5825. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the ‘Apply online’ button and register an account with the University’s Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applicants should provide a CV, the filename of which should be “CV-followed by your name”, including contact details of two or more referees, and a covering letter addressing the selection criteria.

For further information contact Dr Jim Haseloff (jh295@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PD05040 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Competition Funded Studentship: Dynamics and impacts of deep water oil spill plumes (HALL_U15NERC)

University of East Anglia

University of East Anglia

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £13,863 stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 30th December 2014
Closes: 30th January 2015
Reference: HALL_U15NERC

School of Environmental Sciences

Start Date: October 2015

Supervisor: Dr Rob Hall, robert.hall@uea.ac.uk        

Scientific Rationale

Following the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico there is growing concern that a similar incident could occur in UK waters. One region where offshore oil exploration is pushing into deeper water is the Faroe-Shetland Channel north of Scotland. Here the shallow shelf sea drops off into the abyss, with water depth increasing from around 200 m to near 1 km over a short distance. There are many dramatic physical process that occur in the channel, including strong along-slope currents; 10s km-scale eddies that spin off the currents; subsurface (internal) waves and extreme surface waves. These processes need to be fully understood and accounted for in ocean forecast models and oil spill dispersion models. These computer models can then be used in to predict the path and decay of oil from potential deep spills in the region and to plan appropriate emergency response measures.

Research Methodology

During this project you will investigate the key processes that disperse and mix oil in the Faroe-Shetland Channel region, assess the suitability of the current response system for potential deep oil spills in the Channel, and suggest areas where model development should be focused. You will be supervised both by scientists at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and physical oceanographers the University of East Anglia (UEA). You will utilise traditional current and temperature/salinity measurements from oceanographic moorings; new measurements from autonomous underwater vehicles known as Seagliders; ocean forecast models in operation at the Met Office and being developed at scientific institutions; and commercial oil spill models run by Cefas.

Personal Specification

The ideal candidate will have a good physical science degree or similar (e.g., oceanography, meteorology, physics, environmental sciences, natural sciences, engineering, mathematics). Experience of computer programming (e.g., Matlab, Fortran) is an advantage. Training in physical oceanography will be provided so a background in ocean science is not required.

Funding:

This studentship is a NERC Industrial Case studentship in partnership with The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (Cefas) funded for 4 years. An annual stipend of £13,863 will be available to the successful candidate who meets the UK Research Council eligibility criteria. These requirements are detailed in the RCUK eligibility guide which can be found at http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/RCUK-prod/assets/documents/documents/TermsConditionsTrainingGrants.pdf. In most cases UK and EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the course are eligible for a full-award. Other EU nationals may qualify for a fees only award.  

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Competition Funded Studentship: Finger foods in care homes: an exploration of their introduction and utility in people with severe dementia. (Hooper_U14UEA)

University of East Anglia

University of East Anglia

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £13,863 annual stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 30th December 2014
Closes: 26th January 2015
Reference: Hooper_U14UEA

Norwich Medical School

Start Date: April 2015

Supervisor: Dr Lee Hooper, l.hooper@uea.ac.uk                  

Providing adequate, tasty and nutritious food is an important part of care. People with dementia may stop eating with cutlery, and can lose independence in eating. “Finger foods” are small nutritious and attractive pieces of food that can be eaten with fingers and are often recommended in advanced dementia (1). Research on finger foods is limited (2), but three small before-after studies have suggested that finger foods may improve nutrition in advanced dementia (3-5). While working in many care homes as part of an ongoing study (http://driestudy.appspot.com/) we have seen that while some care homes use finger foods successfully, many others discuss finger foods but then fall back on staff feeding residents.

In this project we will explore the use and the benefits of finger foods for people with dementia, and also examine why they often are not used in care homes. The student will ask care home managers and caterers to complete questionnaires to find out their feelings on and their use of finger foods. They will work in three care homes which use and three not using finger food to observe differences in food eaten, eating needs, engagement with eating and levels of nutrition to establish whether finger food really does help residents. Finally, the student will work with two care homes to begin providing finger foods. They will explore problems with introducing finger foods and will work through solutions, while looking at the effects on people with dementia. This will be supported by developing ‘mentorship’ relationships between homes. This project will add to evidence of how finger food can be used by people with dementia who cannot use cutlery. It will begin to create a method to introduce finger food to care homes and this could benefit people with severe dementia by improving nutrition, independence and quality of life. 

Funding:

This PhD project is in a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences competition for UEA funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise home/EU fees, an annual stipend of £13,863 and £1000 per annum to support research training

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Directly funded Studentship: Industrial BBSRC CASE studentship: Impact of iron on the composition and function of the human gut microbiome. (Fairweather_Tait_U15BB)

University of East Anglia

University of East Anglia

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 30th December 2014
Closes: 30th January 2015
Reference: Fairweather_Tait_U15BB

Norwich Medical School

Start Date: October 2015

Supervisor: Prof Susan Fairweather-Tait, s.fairweather-tait@uea.ac.uk

The Project:

The bacteria in the human gut are influenced by the diet and they make a major contribution towards health and disease. Iron supplements and iron-fortified foods are widely consumed and when iron reaches the colon it can be utilised for growth by the gut bacteria, particularly by those bacteria that are potential pathogens. However, the precise nature of how iron modifies the diversity and the ecology of the microbiome is not fully understood. This project will combine in vitro artificial colon model systems and, if feasible, human studies, with high throughput metagenomics and metabolomics platforms to elucidate the relationship between luminal iron availability and the gut microbiome. We will test the hypothesis that iron-binding compounds in the large intestine can reduce the levels of potential pathogens and facilitate the growth of beneficial microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria, that are associated with gut health.

This is a multidisciplinary project that offers the student an opportunity to undertake a 4 year research project whilst enhancing professional development and research skills in collaboration with the industrial partner, Kuecept, who will provide expertise in the preparation of gut delivery systems. The project will be jointly supervised in Norwich by Professor Susan Fairweather-Tait (UEA) and Dr Arjan Narbad (Institute of Food Research), together with Dr Paul Sharp (King’s College London), Dr Chris Tselepis (Birmingham University) and the Industrial Supervisor Professor Abdul Basit (Kuecept).

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 degree in Microbiology, biological Sciences, biomedicine, biochemistry.

Funding:

This studentship is a BBSRC Industrial Case studentship in partnership with Kuecept Ltd and is funded for 4 years. Funding is available to the successful candidate who meets the UK Research Council eligibility criteria including the 3-year UK residency requirements. These requirements are detailed in the BBSRC eligibility guide which can be found at http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/web/FILES/Guidelines/studentship_eligibility.pdf. In most cases UK and EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the course are eligible for a full-award. Other EU nationals may qualify for a fees only award. All candidates should check to confirm their eligibility for funding.

To discuss the application process or particular projects, please contact the: Admissions Office, email: pgr.enquiries.admiss@uea.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1603 591709. 

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Self-Funded Studentship: Born Talking: using birth cohort data to investigate risk factors and outcomes for developmental speech and language difficulties (McAllister_U14SF)

University of East Anglia

University of East Anglia

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: Self-funded Students
Funding amount: Not specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 30th December 2014
Closes: 30th January 2015
Reference: McAllister_U14SF

School of Health Sciences

Start Date: April 2015

Supervisor: Dr Jan McAllister, j.mcallister@uea.ac.uk          

Policy and practice in many areas of health and education have been informed by results from birth cohorts, which are longitudinal datasets that follow large numbers of individuals from birth and throughout their lives. Birth cohort data can shed light on topics such as prevalence, risk factors, outcomes and developmental trajectories of developmental conditions. Until recently, researchers interested in developmental disorders of speech, language and communication have made less use of the birth cohort datasets than those in other areas of health and education. Yet projects using these datasets to investigate developmental disorders of speech, language and communication have high impact potential, and many of the birth cohort datasets are freely available to members of the research community (see, for example, http://cls.ioe.ac.uk and http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/).

Applications for self-funded projects to address such issues using birth cohort data are welcomed. Such projects are suitable for applicants who have a background in a numerate discipline, or who can demonstrate an aptitude for acquiring the skills necessary for statistical analysis of large datasets. Within the constraints of the variables available in the birth cohorts, the applicant would be able to define their own research questions with the guidance of the supervisory team. The applicant’s proposal needs to demonstrate that they have explored the potential of the datasets to allow them to research their area of interest; this can be done by visiting the websites mentioned above. The proposal should show how research questions in the applicant’s preferred area of speech, language or communication could be addressed using birth cohort data.

Funding:

This project is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with funding or those applying to funding sources. Details of tuition fees can be found at http://www.uea.ac.uk/pgresearch/pgrfees.

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Competition Funded Studentship: How can Digital Media be used by people newly-diagnosed with dementia to negotiate the social consequences of diagnosis?

University of East Anglia

University of East Anglia – School of Health Sciences

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Home/EU fees, annual stipend of £13,863 and £1000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 30th December 2014
Closes: 26th January 2015
Reference: Poland_U14UEA

Start Date: April 2015

Supervisor: Prof Fiona Poland, f.poland@uea.ac.uk

Digital Media (such as smartphones and the internet) can help people to adapt to new situations and to interact with other people. Previous research suggests that Digital Media can help people with dementia compensate for memory problems in interactions, to overcome stigma and to maintain social engagement, but such research is mainly with family carers rather than people with dementia. This study will build on previous work by exploring social and cultural practices linked to people with dementia themselves using Digital Media to help themselves to live well.

Participants will be drawn from the ongoing PRIDE study. PRIDE is a major Economic and Social Research Council/National Institute for Health Research-funded project and is one of the largest studies of the social experiences of dementia ever conducted. The student will benefit from close links to the PRIDE investigator team at UEA and University College London. We will add to PRIDE by looking in particular at Digital Media. The student will conduct (or support peer researchers to conduct) The three phases will cover:

1)         Systematic literature review of social and cultural practices relating to use of Digital Media by people with dementia

2)         Lived experiences of people with memory problems across the dementia trajectory from normal functioning to living with dementia. Two semi-structured interviews, one year apart, and focused observations with people with and 5 without subjective memory problems; people referred to memory services; people 3 months post-dementia diagnosis with their family carers; focusing on perceived challenges around their changing cognition, as affecting their lives and independence and their experiences of Digital Media as enabling or inhibiting these transitions. The project results will help us to understand how digital media can help people to help themselves to manage the aftermath of a dementia diagnosis.

Funding:

This PhD project is in a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences competition for UEA funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise home/EU fees, an annual stipend of £13,863 and £1000 per annum to support research training.

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Clinical Research Fellow

Plymouth University

Plymouth University – Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry / Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine

Location: Plymouth
Salary: £31,301 to £47,175 pa (Clinical Pay-scale)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 30th December 2014
Closes: 25th January 2015
Job Ref: A4080

This post is for a registrar who wishes to undertake research leading to a PhD working with the South West Liver Unit, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (Prof M E Cramp and Dr M Jarvis) and the Institute of Liver Studies King’s College Hospital (Dr A Quaglia). This is a 3 year project investigating universal tumour antigen expression in tissue specimens in preparation for a trial of cancer vaccination in patients. The post is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Capability Funding and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. The work would suit a trainee in pathology, hepatology or hepatobiliary surgery and previous histopathology experience would be an advantage. The post is for 1 year initially, renewable for up to 3 years depending on satisfactory progress.      

For further information please contact Prof Matthew Cramp, Consultant Gastroenterologist, on 01752 432722 or e-mail matthew.cramp@nhs.net

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.

This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis for 1 year in the first instance.

Closing date: 12 midnight, Sunday 25th January 2015.

Plymouth University is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s career in STEMM academia.

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Associate Lecturer: Textile Design – Printed Textile Design

Falmouth University

Falmouth University

Location: Penryn
Salary: £31,342 to £36,309 per hour, pro rata (dependent upon experience)
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 29th December 2014
Closes: 23rd January 2015
Job Ref: FAL0244

Fixed term to 30 September 2015

Part time, hourly paid (hours approximately 1 day a week over 8-9 weeks, timing to be negotiated)

Textile Design at Falmouth is a highly successful design led course which prides itself on its high calibre graduates who work in all areas of the textile design business.

We are looking for an associate lecturer in print design, to join our team and contribute to teaching on studio projects. 

You will be a textile design graduate (or equivalent) with experience of working in the textile design industry and an in depth knowledge of both the design issues and production methods of your textile discipline, and a passion for and wide knowledge of contemporary textile design.

You will be an excellent communicator and preferably have teaching experience within the Higher Education sector. Our teaching is delivered primarily by tutorial, though in some instances workshops, seminars or lectures may be required.

We offer excellent facilities and benefits to our staff. These include generous holiday entitlements, pension scheme, childcare vouchers and training and development courses.

For more information and to apply for this position please visit www.falmouth.ac.uk/jobs

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Research Associate

University of Bath

University of Bath – Mechanical Engineering

Location: Bath
Salary: £31,342 to £37,394 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 29th December 2014
Closes: 11th January 2015
Job Ref: CT2893

This post is part of a programme of work studying the mechanics of joint replacement and fracture fixation, with a focus on the hip joint. This exciting programme of work will look in particular at the current issues surrounding early failures of large diameter hip replacement devices and novel hip fracture fixation.

The post holder will use both experimental and modelling approaches in order to understand the functional mechanics of the native and replaced joints. This will aid the identification and analysis of failure modes of joint replacement devices.

This position is being offered on a Fixed Term Contract basis of 12 months in duration. The hours will be full time (36.5pw).

The interviews are likely to take place in the second half of January 2015, with a view to the successful applicant starting as early in February 2015 as possible.

Further details:

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Teaching Fellow (part-time post)

University of Bath

University of Bath – Department for Health

Location: Bath
Salary: £38,511 to £45,954 Grade 8
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 29th December 2014
Closes: 11th January 2015
Job Ref: CC2894

Interview Date: Wednesday 21 January 2015

The Department for Health is seeking to appoint a part-time Teaching Fellow (0.2 FTE) with current clinical expertise in the area of sport and exercise medicine and a track-record of teaching. The successful candidate will deliver taught content related to both theoretical and applied aspects of sport and exercise medicine, strengthening our existing academic and clinical team.

Within the Department you will be expected to contribute predominantly to the part-time distance-learning MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine, but potentially also to other highly respected academic programmes including the MSc in Sports Physiotherapy and the BSc in Sport & Exercise Science.

The Postgraduate programmes are delivered via innovative e-learning methods and face-to-face teaching at residential clinical events, providing considerable flexibility for student-tutor interactions.

There are no fixed working patterns, but ideally the successful candidate will be able to commit to working at the University of Bath Claverton campus on at least a fortnightly basis.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Clinical Director of Studies, Dr Stuart Miller (i.s.miller@bath.ac.uk).

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