MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Postdoctoral Scientist - PNAC - Dr Phil Holliger - LMB 1827

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Scientist – PNAC
Starting Salary £32,302 – £35,143 per annum
Fixed Term 2 Years
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 development of novel genetic systems (Nature Chemistry (2019) 11: 533, eLife (2022) 11:e75186) for applications in synthetic biology and 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 in vitro evolution and next-generation sequencing techniques. Practical experience in bioinformatics and machine learning techniques will be considered a bonus.

The successful applicant will be awarded a 2-year Career Development Fellowship/ Postdoctoral Training Scheme position.  This is a training and development position for a Postdoctoral 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.

This role qualifies for endorsement by UKRI for a UK Global Talent Visa, for which the successful applicant is likely to be eligible to apply. Immigration costs (visa and health surcharge) can be reclaimed from UKRI after taking up the post (terms and conditions apply).

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology is a research institute within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).  UKRI is an 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 a salary sacrifice scheme for cycle to work.

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

Informal enquires may be made to Dr Holliger (

Closing date: 18 May 2022

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.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.