MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

CDF / Postdoctoral Scientist

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Cambridge, United Kingdom

CDF / Postdoctoral Scientist
Starting Salary £30,914 to £33,755 per annum
Salary Range £30,914 to £39,381 per annum
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

An opportunity is available for a Postdoctoral Scientist to join the group of Dr Jing Ren at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) to investigate how the serotonin system is assembled during development, and the consequences when it is disrupted.

We have revealed that the serotonin system within individual raphe nucleus contains parallel serotonin sub-systems, which lays the foundation for integrating anatomical, neurochemical, physiological, and behavioural functions of the serotonin system. We work to bridge the gap between the molecular mechanisms of developmental assembly and the behavioural functions of serotonin neurons.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who will thrive in a friendly and supportive group. This position will focus on investigating how forebrain-projecting serotonin system is organized and the molecular mechanisms underlying the circuitry formation during development, by combining scRNA-seq, proteomic mapping, tissue clearing and light-sheet imaging and computational modelling. Candidates with experience in bioinformatics, biostatistics, ex vivo / in vivo calcium imaging, image processing by machine-learning, medical engineering and computer science are highly encouraged to apply.

Experience with mouse work would be an advantage but is not essential as this position will provide the opportunity to learn and develop these techniques within a world-leading laboratory and animal facility.

The MRC LMB provides an unsurpassed environment for early-career Researchers, including an international, collaborative community, training and mentoring programmes for career development and world-class core facilities. In addition, the MRC provides excellent healthcare and social benefits.

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

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Jing Ren at Additional information about the Neurobiology Division and the laboratory as a whole can be found at

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

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.

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Closing date: 13 February 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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