How to join the lab?
Interested postdoc candidates are welcome to inquire through email. Please include a brief description of research interests and career plans, a CV and contact information of references. As an interdisciplinary lab situated in a very diverse and interactive environment, we welcome candidates interested in developmental biology from backgrounds in biology, math, physics or engineering. We will develop training plans that complement the postodc's PhD expertise to prepare her/him for competing successfully for independent positions internationally. The postdoc will enjoy many benefits and opportunities at the University of Cambridge. While the lab can support our new postdocs, a variety of postdoc fellowships are available for strong candidates. Examples include: (Wellcome Early-career Award; EPSRC Postdoc Fellowships; BBSRC Discovery Fellowships (formerly Future Leader Fellowships); Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships; EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships; Human Frontiers Science Program Postdoctoral Fellowships; Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Fellowships; Newton International Fellowships; Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships). I will help identify appropriate fellowship opportunities and provide assistance on the application.
Interested prospective PhD students are encouraged to send me an email inquiry, followed by sending an application to one of the University's graduate programs, such as the BBSRC-DTP program and Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience program. For additional programs please refer to https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses. Note the applications are usually open one year before the starting year with the earliest deadlines in January (e.g. if you'd like to start in October 2024, applications are open now through January 2024 followed by interviews). Students are encouraged to seek studentship funding from a variety of resources (note that they have different deadlines, eligibility requirements and application procedures). Helpful information can be found on these websites: https://www.findaphd.com/funding/ and https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding.
Shorter-term positions for undergraduates (including summer internships, Part II and Part III/MPhil programs in Cambridge, and undergrad dissertation) and exchange/guest scholars are also possible, depending on availability of space. The space is usually filled quickly before the summer through the upcoming academic year. Please inquire via email as early as possible. We are particularly oversubscribed for summer internship placements. The process is as follows: we first take down the names of all applicants throughout the academic year (sometimes in addition to applicants from last year who couldn't get a placement because we were full), then in late spring (April-May) we decide how many placements we would offer (typically up to 3). Then we will start interviewing all applicants and make internship offers. Our summer interns are paid. We welcome all applicants passionate about research and have offered the opportunity to students with diverse backgrounds and skill sets. There are no peculiar requirements on grades, coursework or specific skills, but having clear areas of interest will help us match you to the best project and day-to-day supervisor. Our short-term students have been exceptionally successful in securing PhD positions worldwide.