Postdoctoral Scientist – PNAC

Postdoctoral Scientist – PNAC

Medical Research Council - MRC

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Scientist – PNAC
Starting Salary £30,464 – £33,305 per annum
3 Years Fixed Term
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

We are looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Scientist to work with Dr John Sutherland on the origin of life.

The project will involve investigation of a novel scheme for the replicative synthesis of RNA and peptides. Solution- and solid-phase synthesis of oligoribonucleotides (and derivatives thereof) will be employed along with state of the art chemical and biophysical analysis.

You will have a PhD in organic or bioorganic chemistry, or be due to complete your doctoral studies within 6 months of applying. Ideally, you will also have experience with synthetic and analytical organic and bioorganic chemistry and/or biophysical characterisation of oligonucleotides and peptides.

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: 3 March 2019

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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