A guide for applicants
So you think we do cool stuff and want to be part of the team?
That's great, thank you very much for your interest in our lab.
But .. calm down! relax! .. before you send in an application, take a couple of minutes to read to the end of this page.
The lab is mostly computational and we are generally interested in people combining statistical and computational skills with a strong interest in biology and medicine.
- If you have never written a line of code in your life, you may want to consider working for one of our collaborating experimental labs (unless the job description explicitly asks for a wet-lab background, of course - see below).
- If you are very strong on the analytic and theoretical side, but don't feel a passion for biology or medicine, you may find it hard to adapt to the interdisciplinary atmosphere at the CI and the close collaborations we have with experimental labs.
- If the job description explicitly asks for an experimental background, applicants from molecular biology, biochemistry etc are very welcome. Working with us is a great chance to extend your skill set and get a deep background in statistics, machine learning and systems biology.
Florian Markowetz receives inquiries about PhD or postdoc opportunities almost every day. Many of them are well written and he usually responds to them quickly. These positive examples have several features in common:
- Good emails address Florian by his name: 'Dear Dr. Markowetz' is fine; 'Hi Florian' is Ok if we have met; but 'Dear Most Respected Sir' or no salutation at all will lead to instant deletion.
- Good emails explain why the applicant's background would fit into the Markowetz lab: A desire to work at a 'most glorious university' is not enough, you must explain why you think you are a good fit for a computational biology group at a cancer research center.
- Good emails attach a CV: in English, short and concise (2-4 pages, never more), clearly organized.
If your email follows these positive examples, there is a good chance you get a response. To increase your chances even further: put '[fmlab]' into the subject line of your email. This will ensure that you land in the right email folder.
And -very important!- always submit your application to the official Cambridge University job site at www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/.
And finally, in all correspondence please make sure to quote the reference number you found in the job advert.