Senior Postdoc Position Head of Disease Model Core

University of Cambridge is delighted to offer a postdoc position in biochemistry. This position is closed on January 10, 2020.

Applications are invited for the position of Head of the Disease Model Core (DMC) at the Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science (IMS). Funded by the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit and based at the IMS, the post-holder will provide scientific and technical support for murine research programmes within the IMS.

The role-holder will lead the development of the DMC, contributing to analysis of murine metabolic and physiological measurements for IMS programmes of research and interfacing with nationally and internationally relevant programmes and institutes. The post-holder is responsible for managing staff and facilities of the DMC and promoting technological development and training to ensure the DMC undertakes murine metabolic phenotyping at the highest possible level. We anticipate the Head of the DMC will provide the leadership necessary to establish and maintain Cambridge as a major centre for murine metabolic phenotyping.

You will have a PhD in biochemistry, physiology or a related discipline with research experience in murine metabolic physiology and characterisation of genetically modified models. The ideal candidate should have extensive experience of managing and leading large-scale, murine-based research programmes, with proven ability to interact productively with scientists at all levels, and to lead and develop a team of core technicians and technologists. The ability to identify future needs and contribute to the future development and expansion of the core facility are also essential. You should currently hold or have recently held Home Office Project Licences or equivalent related to metabolism and phenotyping in mammalian species. Experience working in the pharmaceutical industry in metabolic diseases will be an advantage.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2023 in the first instance.

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

Appointment to Senior Research Associate is subject to approval from the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 10 January 2020.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. A. J. Vidal-Puig, Metabolic Research Laboratories, Level 4, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Box 289 Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge CB2 0QQ Email:

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


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