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Postdoctoral Scientist - Neurobiology - Dr Jing Ren - LMB 2294

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.
Cambridgeshire (GB)
£39,375 per annum
Closing date
Dec 27, 2023

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Postdoctoral Scientist / Career Development Fellow
Salary £39,375 per annum
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

An opportunity is available for a Postdoctoral Scientist to join the group of Dr Jing Ren at the MRC LMB (Cambridge, U.K.) to investigate how local circuits coordinate different serotonin sub-systems in the context of affective behaviours. Mental disorders are the leading cause of disabilities worldwide, and the serotonin (5-HT) system of the brain is the primary neural system targeted in treating the most common mental disorders. Dr Jing Ren's research has unveiled that projection-defined serotonin sub-systems receive distinct and biased inputs from different brain regions. However, the modulation of these sub-systems by local circuits remains uncertain. Local connections play a critical role in shaping how serotonin neurons process incoming information and generate output signals. Understanding the coordination of different serotonin sub-systems by local circuits is vital in comprehending the intricate impacts of serotonin on diverse physiological and behavioural processes. More details can also be found on .

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who will thrive in a friendly and supportive group. Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) due to be complete within 6 months in neuroscience, psychiatry or a related field. Animal behavioural research experience are required. We strongly encourage applications from candidates with animal surgery or/and electrophysiology training.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Scientist for our 3-year Career Development Fellowship/ Postdoctoral Training Scheme. This is a training and development position suitable for you if you have recently completed your doctoral studies, or you are looking to move into a new research discipline and/or need to further develop your research skills. Working with our world class scientists you will be working in an Institute renowned for its excellent scientific facilities and high-quality research.

The LMB has a collaborative working culture and state-of-the-art building based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. We have on-site parking, cycle enclosures and excellent public transport links to the site. We have a staff restaurant with roof terrace, on-site nursery, sports and social facilities. You will be eligible to join our defined benefit pension scheme with an employer contribution of 16%, holiday entitlement of 40.5 days (including bank holidays and privilege days) and a generous employee discount scheme. We are also committed to providing training and development opportunities including support towards role-related qualifications.

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is a world-class research institute within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).  UKRI is an entity that brings together nine research and innovation partners, more information can be found at and

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).

To apply and access full details of the vacancy please visit our job board at .
If you are unable to apply online please contact us at

Closing date: Thursday 14th December 2023. However, we reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Final appointments will be subject to a pre-employment screening.

We actively support equality, diversity and inclusion in all our activities, processes and culture. We encourage applications from all sections of society. The LMB particularly welcomes women, minority ethnic and disabled candidates to apply for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented. We are a disability inclusive employer and encourage disabled people to apply for this role. You are very welcome to contact us for information about the application process and any adjustments you may require;


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