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Research Career Development Fellowship

Applications are invited for Research Career Development Fellowships in the Sainsbury Laboratory. The positions are open to applicants of any nationality. With the intention of nurturing the next generation of researchers in the field of plant science, the Fellowships provide an opportunity for talented junior investigators to develop their own research programme and become creative leaders in the field.

The Sainsbury Laboratory is a new Research Institute located in central Cambridge, providing an outstanding scientific environment. It has excellent resources and core facilities, with state-of-the-art equipment including growth rooms, glasshouses, microscopy and computing facilities. It provides a collaborative research atmosphere where researchers can take risks in a supportive environment. We are seeking to appoint Career Development Fellows who can both contribute to and benefit from this environment. In particular we are looking for scientists with imaginative research ideas that will contribute to our understanding of plant development, by elucidating the links between genotype and phenotype in any appropriate study system.

Applicants will typically have between 3 and 6 years of postdoctoral experience in a field related to the overall scientific focus of the Laboratory in plant development and its computational modelling. Applicants should be able to provide strong evidence of their potential to develop independent research programmes.

Fellowships are for five years. Successful applicants will receive an initial three years of funding, with extension for a further two years contingent on a successful scientific review and will hold an appointment with the University of Cambridge. Funds include full salary, ranging from £37,756 to £47,787, an additional 30% Gatsby distinction award, benefits and £40,000 p.a. of unrestricted research support. As they develop into independent researchers, Fellows will be encouraged to apply for external funding. Fellows can apply for Research Group Leader positions within the Laboratory at any time.

Download the further particulars and application guidance.

Applications can be submitted electronically at any time as pdf files and include a full CV, a research proposal for five years, and the names of at least three referees. There is no fixed closing date- applications will be assessed throughout the year.

Completed applications should be sent by e-mail to

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Please quote reference PT02610 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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PhD applicants

Please contact Group Leaders to find out about any study opportunities at the Sainsbury Laboratory.  SLCU also participates in the BBSRC DTP programme. Further details are available here.