MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Postdoctoral Scientist

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Scientist/CDF
£30,914 to £33,755 per annum pro rata
3 years fixed term
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

An opportunity is available for a postdoctoral researcher to join the group of Dr Jing Ren at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology ( 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 genetic defects of the serotonin neurons in the interpeduncular nucleus and dorsal raphe induce psychiatrically relevant behaviours by combining ex vivo and in vivo imaging, electrophysiology recording, chemogenetic and optogenetics. Candidates with experience in electrophysiology, behavioural neuroscience and ex vivo/in vivo calcium imaging are highly encouraged to apply.

Neuroscience background in Ph.D. and experience with mouse is essential.

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology 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 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: 24 January 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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