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Postdoctoral Scientist

Postdoctoral Scientist – Protein Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Starting Salary £30,914 to £33,755 per annum
3 Years Fixed Term
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge UK

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is one of the birthplaces of molecular biology and is an internationally renowned centre for fundamental biomedical research.

The LMB has an excellent record of innovative basic research leading to applications in medicine. 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. Following our move to a new laboratory in 2013, we are able to provide state-of-the-art facilities in which innovative medical research, translation and collaboration can flourish.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scientist position in the Group of Dr Phil Holliger. The Group are using synthetic biology tools to dissect the molecular basis of genetic information encoding and function (see e.g. Science (2012) 336, 341 & Nature (2015) 518, 427) and are trying to build RNA system capable of self-replication (Science (2011) 332, 209 & eLife (2018) 7: e35255)

Candidates must have a PhD degree in a biological subject. You should have experience in recombinant DNA technology and a strong interest in in vitro evolution techniques and nucleic acid chemistry. Ideally, you will also have experience in next-generation sequencing techniques, aptamer and enzyme selection techniques. Practical experience in bioinformatics and specifically machine learning techniques will be considered a bonus.

The successful candidate will be awarded a 3 year fixed term Postdoctoral Training Scheme/Career Development Fellowship position. The fellowship is a training and development position for a Postdoctoral Scientist who has recently completed their doctoral studies, or is moving into a new research discipline.

For further information of the research undertaken at the LMB, please visit:

Informal enquires may be made to Dr Holliger ([email protected]).

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.

To apply and access full details of the vacancy please visit our job board at https://mrc.tal.net/vx/appcentre-int/candidate/post/2232/en-GB.

If you are unable to apply online please contact us at [email protected]

Closing date: 2 May 2019

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.

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