Postdoctoral Postdoc Position at University of Cambridge

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship position in veterinary medicine at University of Cambridge, UK. The funds for this fellowship are available for 24 months. Applications should be sent before November 22, 2018.

Fixed Term: From 1st January 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for 24 months in the first instance.

Location: This position will be employed by the Department of Veterinary Medicine but will be based largely at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Travel between these two sites will be required.

Applications are invited for this postdoctoral position, as part of a project funded by the Petplan Charitable Trust, which will aim to identify novel biomarkers of bladder cancer (urothelial carcinoma) in dogs. Early diagnosis of bladder cancer in dogs is currently hampered by the late onset of symptoms and a lack of reliable non-invasive diagnostic tests, therefore this project will investigate if miRNAs within urinary extracellular vesicles (EVs) can be used as non-invasive biomarkers for urothelial carcinoma in dogs.

The applicant will work alongside Dr Tim Williams and Professor Fiona Karet, both of which have a proven track record in EV research, and Dr Andrew Grant and Dr Lajos Kalmar, who have extensive experience in transcriptome analysis, including bioinformatics. The main focus of the research led by Dr Williams and Professor Karet, is to study the biology of EVs and investigate their utility as a source of biomarkers of renal and urinary tract diseases in humans and mammals.

Further information about the work of the group can be found at investigators/systems-pathology/tim-williams and

Applicants should have a PhD, in Molecular Biology or a related discipline, and ideally have either experience in quantitative molecular biology and/or extracellular vesicle research. Expertise in bioinformatics is also desirable but not essential. The candidate must value teamwork and collaboration, have good administrative and interpersonal skills, and high computer literacy especially in relation to the analysis of DNA sequences and the use of bioinformatics software.

We are committed to a proactive approach to equality, which includes supporting and encouraging all under-represented groups, promoting an inclusive culture and valuing diversity.

Further particulars for the role and information about the Department

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Tim Williams (

Please upload the following documents: curriculum vitae, covering letter outlining suitability for the role and contact details for two references. Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 13 December 2018.


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