The Neurobiology Division of the Medical Research Councils Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB) invites applications for a Programme Leader-Track position. We seek a scientist with a focus on the elucidation of fundamental molecular mechanisms that determine the structure and function of the neuronal synapse, in health and disease. An emphasis on the development and application of molecular neurobiological approaches is essential, and the application of cutting-edge light and/or electron microscopic imaging is encouraged. The primary selection criteria are scientific excellence and potential for synergy with our existing research programmes, both within the Division (encompassing neuronal molecular cell biology, neural circuits and simple behaviours, and the molecular/ cell biological basis of neurodegeneration) and across the wider LMB. You should hold a PhD and have an excellent publication record, be internationally recognised for your work and have outstanding potential for independent research.
The position comes with substantial core funding sufficient to establish your research group, and applications for additional external grant support are encouraged. The LMB has an exceptional record of ground-breaking research, and in 2013 moved into a new building with outstanding core facilities including those for light and electron microscopy and mass spectrometry, as well as electronic and instrumentation workshops. Administrative duties are minimal and no teaching is required. Interactions across the four Divisions of the LMB are encouraged. The University of Cambridge and affiliated institutions form a vibrant Neuroscience community (http://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/).
The appointment will be made at Programme Leader-Track level, and candidates should have a strong international track record of relevant independent research and an ability to lead a research team, pursuing original approaches to long-term research goals.
The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology is a research institute within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, more information can be found at www.ukri.org.
Working for UKRI MRC provides a whole host of benefits including a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement (40 ½ days including bank holidays and privilege days) and Benenden Healthcare membership. You will also have access to employee shopping/travel discounts, on site sport and social facilities, as well as salary sacrifice cycle to work schemes and childcare vouchers.
Applications should include a covering letter and full CV, an outline of current research interests (1 page) and a proposal for future research (up to 2 pages), along with the names and addresses of three professional referees who have agreed to be contacted prior to interview.
Final appointments will be subject to a pre-employment screening.
The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer who participates in the Disability Confident scheme.
Internal Number: LMB 834
About MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is one of the birthplaces of modern molecular biology and has played an important role in the development of many new techniques, most notably X-ray crystallography of proteins, DNA sequencing and monoclonal antibodies. The LMB has a clear goal of understanding biological processes at the molecular level, with the ultimate aim of using this knowledge to tackle specific problems in human health and disease. We aim to tackle difficult, long-term problems, which often require investment over many years. There are four scientific Divisions - Structural Studies, Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Cell Biology and Neurobiology. However, scientific collaboration between the different Divisions is extensive. Scientists are well supported by excellent scientific facilities and by the LMB Operations Group which maintains the core infrastructure and services of the institute. With the new laboratory the LMB provides an unsurpassed environment for both new and established researchers. Scientists are drawn to the LMB from all over the world, thus creating a lively and international community for the exchange of ideas and technical innovation.
Fi...nal appointments will be subject to a pre employment screening. The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer who participate in the two ticks scheme.