University of Cambridge

David Sainsbury Career Development Fellowships

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

David Sainsbury Career Development Fellowships
Sainsbury Laboratory
Salary: £41,526 – £52,559
Reference: PT21386

Applications are invited for David Sainsbury Career Development Fellowships in the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University. The positions are open to applicants of any nationality with the intention of nurturing the next generation of researchers in interdisciplinary plant developmental biology. 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, Cambridge University is a 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 David Sainsbury 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 quantitative understanding of plant development, by elucidating the links between genotype and phenotype in any appropriate study system, including theoretical and computational approaches.

Applicants will typically have postdoctoral experience in a field related to the overall scientific focus of the Laboratory: plant development and its computational modelling. However, no prior experience with plants is required – researchers wishing to bring their current wet lab or modelling experience to open questions in plant developmental biology are welcome to apply. Applicants should be able to provide strong evidence of their potential to develop an independent research programme.

Successful applicants will initially receive three years of funding, with an extension for a further two years contingent on a successful review and will hold an appointment with the University of Cambridge. Funds include full university salary, an additional 30% Gatsby distinction award, benefits and £50,000 p.a. of unrestricted research support. As they develop into independent researchers, Fellows will be encouraged to apply for external funding.

The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory and details of what the University offers to employees, can be found at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 5 years.

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Closing Date: 5th January 2020

Further details about the post, guidance on how to apply and a contact email address are available in the further particulars document included in the link above.

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

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: PT21386