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Positions available for Programme Leaders in new MRC LMB building

Programme Leaders in Neurobiology

Salary: Competitive

Coinciding with the move of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) into a new state-of-the-art research building in October 2012 (, the Division of Neurobiology wishes to recruit talented scientists interested in developing an independent programme of research.  We are particularly interested in individuals working on the function of neural circuits using electrophysiological or imaging techniques, and we envisage that such work would make use of organisms open to genetic manipulation.  Current interests in the Division include visual and olfactory processing, circadian rhythms, mechanisms of synaptic transmission and protein misfolding in relation to neurodegenerative diseases ( Scientific excellence and potential for major impact are paramount.  Synergy with existing research programmes would be an advantage.

The LMB provides an excellent environment for hands-on research. Core-funding by the Medical Research Council provides long-term support for ambitious projects, while administrative duties are minimal and no teaching is required.  Interactions across the four Divisions of the Laboratory are encouraged. There is extensive central support, including electronic and instrumentation workshops, imaging and transgenic mouse facilities. The University of Cambridge and affiliated institutions form a vibrant Neuroscience community (

Candidates should have a PhD and/or MD and will have completed a period of postdoctoral training or equivalent, with an excellent track record, and show outstanding potential for independent research. The successful candidate will lead a small team and substantial funding will be available.

These appointments will be made at either Programme Leader or Programme Leader-track level, depending on achievements and experience. Candidates for Programme Leader positions should have a strong international track record of relevant independent research and a proven ability to lead a research team, pursuing original approaches to long-term research goals. Programme Leader-track appointments will be made for those who demonstrate the potential to develop into Programme Leaders within six years.  Candidates with appropriate levels of experience may be given responsibility for oversight of core scientific activities within the LMB.  Salaries are competitive (Programme Leader-track £35,935-£48,000 per annum; Programme Leader £45,213-£70,000 per annum).

These positions will remain open until they are filled; applications received by 6th April 2012 will be given priority.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Michel Goedert (

Applications should include a covering letter and full CV, an outline of current research interests (1 page) and a proposal for future research (up to 2 pages), along with the names and addresses of three professional referees who have agreed to be contacted prior to interview. Applications for this post must be made online at inputting the reference IRC47968.  If you do not have access to the internet, or experience technical difficulties, please contact 01793 867003.

This position is subject to pre-employment screening.

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Posted on 08/03/2012

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