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Postdoctoral Scientist - Neurobiology - Dr Michael Hastings - LMB 1344



Postdoctoral Scientist / CDF
Salary Range £31,602 - £34,443 per annum
3 years Fixed Term
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology is a world leader in biological research, with an expanding scientific programme dedicated to understanding gene function in health and disease. It provides an unsurpassed environment for both young and established researchers. Scientists are drawn to the LMB from all over the world, creating a lively and international community for the exchange of ideas and technical innovation.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scientist to join Dr Michael Hastings’ multidisciplinary research group investigating the molecular neurobiology of circadian time-keeping in mammals, employing mice as an experimental platform. The focus will be on how the diverse cell populations of the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) interact to generate a precise daily signal, and then to identify the neural circuits by which the signal controls circadian behaviour. The work will exploit intersectional approaches to map, monitor and manipulate the activity of specific cell groups and determine the intra- and intercellular mechanisms and neural circuitry whereby they co-ordinate circadian behaviour and physiology. Techniques will include stereotaxic neurosurgery, translational switching of protein expression, virally mediated transynaptic tracing, in vivo fibre fluorimetry and opto- and chemogenetic approaches. These will be complemented by transcriptomic and other molecular genetic approaches and high content fluorescent light microscopy.

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 post-doctoral 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.

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/lang-en-GB/appcentre-1/candidate/postings/1462.

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

Closing date: 23 August 2020

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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