Programme Leader-Track

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Starting Salary £50,134 - £61,942 per annum
May 15 2018
LMB 834
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Programme Leader-Track – Neurobiology

Starting Salary £50,134 - £61,942 per annum

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge UK

The Neurobiology Division of the Medical Research Councils Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB) invites applications for a Programme Leader-Track position.   We seek a scientist with a focus on the elucidation of fundamental molecular mechanisms that determine the structure and function of the neuronal synapse, in health and disease.  An emphasis on the development and application of molecular neurobiological approaches is essential, and the application of cutting-edge light and/or electron microscopic imaging is encouraged.  The primary selection criteria are scientific excellence and potential for synergy with our existing research programmes, both within the Division (encompassing neuronal molecular cell biology, neural circuits and simple behaviours, and the molecular/ cell biological basis of neurodegeneration) and across the wider LMB.  You should hold a PhD and have an excellent publication record, be internationally recognised for your work and have outstanding potential for independent research.

The position comes with substantial core funding sufficient to establish your research group, and applications for additional external grant support are encouraged.  The LMB has an exceptional record of ground-breaking research, and in 2013 moved into a new building with outstanding core facilities including those for light and electron microscopy and mass spectrometry, as well as electronic and instrumentation workshops.  Administrative duties are minimal and no teaching is required.  Interactions across the four Divisions of the LMB are encouraged.  The University of Cambridge and affiliated institutions form a vibrant Neuroscience community (

The appointment will be made at Programme Leader-Track level, and candidates should have a strong international track record of relevant independent research and an ability to lead a research team, pursuing original approaches to long-term research goals.  

Find out more about the LMB’s Neurobiology Division at  Informal enquiries can be addressed to Head of Division, Michael Hastings (  For further information about the MRC visit

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.

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.

If you are unable to apply online please contact us at

Closing date: 8 July 2018

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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