[Celegans] Post-doc, Cambridge UK

Alan Tunnacliffe at10004 at biotech.cam.ac.uk
Tue Feb 7 05:30:15 EST 2006

Institute of Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

Post-doctoral research scientist

Nematode anhydrobiosis

A position is available for a post-doctoral research scientist in the  
laboratory of Dr Alan Tunnacliffe, Institute of Biotechnology,  
University of Cambridge. This project, a collaboration with Prof Ann  
Burnell at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, is funded by  
the Leverhulme Trust, and will study anhydrobiosis (extreme  
desiccation tolerance) in nematodes. Anhydrobiotic nematodes are able  
to survive almost complete loss of body water yet remain viable for  
long periods in the dry state. To begin to understand the molecular  
mechanisms underlying this phenomenon, a panel of dehydration-induced  
genes has been identified in the anhydrobiotic nematode Aphelenchus  
avenae and the successful candidate will study gene (and cognate  
protein) function in the context of desiccation tolerance. Comparison  
will be made with equivalent genes in C. elegans, where present. The  
successful candidate will have recently obtained a PhD, preferably in  
the fields of molecular cell biology or nematode biology, and will be  
trained in relevant techniques as required. We are seeking a highly  
motivated, talented individual who can make a strong intellectual, as  
well as technical, contribution. The position is available  
immediately for up to three years, with a salary in the range £20,044  
to £30,002. Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Alan Tunnacliffe  
(Tel: +44 (0)1223 766549; Fax: +44 (0)1223 334162; email:  
at10004 at biotech.cam.ac.uk. Applications, including a CV, a completed  
form PD18 (downloadable from the University website at  
www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/personnel/forms/pd18) and the names and  
contact details of two referees, should be sent prior to the closing  
date of 24 February 2006 BY POST ONLY to Mrs R. Hedge, Institute of  
Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge  
CB2 1QT. The University promotes an Equal Opportunities Policy.

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