Postdoctoral Research Associate: Drosophila Connectomics Research Group (Part Time, Fixed Term)

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A Research Associate post is available to start as soon as possible in the Drosophila Connectomics Group directed by Greg Jefferis and Matthias Landgraf in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.

Applicants will have a dual remit to carry out scientific research and assist in the smooth running of the group (up to 20% FTE). The research focus is electron-microscopy connectomics by proofreading and analysis of automatically segmented reconstructions of neurons and their connectivity, performing graph/circuit analyses etc. to obtain biological insight. A background in neurobiology with experience in Drosophila neuroanatomy, connectomics and some quantitative preparation is expected.

The successful candidate will join a team based in Zoology with 15 team members, carrying out data processing and analysis on computer-assisted neuronal reconstruction data. They will interact closely with a similar team in the US as well as experimental groups in Oxford (Scott Waddell) and Cambridge (Greg Jefferis), but particularly with the latter. The candidate will need to be highly motivated and develop a good understanding of the nature of the data and the project's scientific aims. This will be critical to setting priorities as it develops. Close teamwork and a collaborative spirit will be essential, but team members will have increasing opportunities for scientific independence as their expertise develops. Candidates will report to a PI jointly based in Zoology and the MRC LMB and will receive training from experienced post-docs as well as benefiting from courses organised at the University level. The postholder will also contribute to general project management of the group e.g. through interaction with junior researchers and external funders, as well as participating in public engagement activities.

The role will be based on site in the Department of Zoology, with hybrid working arrangements possible following agreement.

Please upload a copy of your CV (2 sides of A4 maximum) and a covering letter (2 sides of A4 maximum).

Interview dates: Interviews on the 14th or 15th December 2023 - may be conducted remotely.

Fixed-term: The position is part time (50%) for 2 years, the funds for this post are available up until 31st December 2025.

The postholder will be expected to work on site at least two days per week, including Fridays.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

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If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Megan Norkett (

Please quote reference PF39514 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.

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