Salary £35,143 per annum
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is a research institute within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is an 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
We are recruiting a postdoctoral scientist to join an international collaboration working on understanding how protocells could have emerged during the origin of life. More specifically, work in the LMB as part of this collaboration will focus on potential chemistry to activate nucleotides and amino acids for RNA replication and RNA-directed peptide synthesis in compartmentalized aqueous chemical systems.
Candidates should have a PhD, or be due to complete their PhD in six months, in organic or bioorganic chemistry, an interest in the origin of life and, preferably, experience of nucleic acid and/or peptide chemistry.
The successful applicant will be awarded a 3-year Career Development Fellowship/ Postdoctoral Training Scheme position. This is a training and development position for a Postdoctoral Scientist who has recently completed their doctoral studies, is moving into a new research discipline or has limited experience of key transferable skills. The MRC LMB has excellent scientific core facilities and training opportunities.
Working for UKRI provides a whole host of benefits including a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement (40 ½ days including bank holidays and privilege days). You will also have access to employee shopping and travel discounts, on-site sport and social facilities, as well as a salary sacrifice scheme for cycle to work.
Closing date: Wednesday 22nd March 2023
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.