Medical Research Council

Postdoctoral Scientist

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Scientist
Starting Salary £ £30,914 to £33,755 per annum pro rata
2 years fixed term
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

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 development of novel genetic systems (Nature Chemistry (2019) 11: 533) for applications in molecular medicine.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in a biological subject. You should have experience in recombinant DNA technology, a strong background in molecular genetics techniques and an interest in technology development. Ideally, you will also have experience in next-generation sequencing techniques and in particular RNAseq approaches. Practical experience in bioinformatics and machine learning techniques will be considered a bonus.

The successful applicant will be awarded a three-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

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: 22nd March

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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