View Vacancy -- Displaced Researcher Fellowship

Open Date
15/11/2022, 13:00
Close Date
08/01/2023, 23:55
MRC Laboratory of Medical Sciences and MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

The MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) is a biomedical research institute where scientists and clinicians collaborate to advance the understanding of biology and its direct application to medicine. The LMS is located at the Hammersmith Hospital campus in West London


The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is a research institute dedicated to the understanding of important biological processes at the levels of atoms, molecules, cells and organisms. In doing so, we provide knowledge needed to solve key problems in human health. LMB is located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

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MRC - 4
London and/or Cambridge
£35,143 per annum
London allowances £3,727 & £1,402 per annum if based at London Institute of Medical Sciences
Fixed Term
Full Time
2 years

Overall purpose:

The Fellowships are designed to facilitate the continuation of a research career for post-doctoral researchers with an excellent publication record, experience and an interest in the science carried out in our Institutes. Fellowships provide funding for salary and consumables to support an individual for 2 years, including assistance and funding for obtaining a UK visa

Main Responsibilities:

  • To plan and carry out research in accordance with agreed project aims
  • To attend all project and related research group meetings
  • To interact and collaborate with researchers in related projects
  • Write-up and publication of work in peer-reviewed journals
  • To take an active part in the academic activities of the LMS or LMB
  • To attend and contribute to journal clubs and seminar presentations
  • To present data at national and international meetings (where and when appropriate)
  • To form good working relationships with other members of the group as well as internal and external collaborators
  • To assist others and co-supervise students when required
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the group’s experimental or computational infrastructure as appropriate; this may include acting as laboratory manager (in charge of ordering communal supplies, keeping risk assessments up to date, carrying out safety briefings for new starters)

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject area, an excellent publication record, and a commitment to scientific excellence.

Substantial experience in an area relevant to the Institute’s research focus is required.

Education / Qualifications / Training required (will be assessed from the application):    


  • PhD (or equivalent) in Biomedical Sciences appropriate to the scientific interests of the institute

Previous work experience required (will be assessed from the application and at the interview):


  • Knowledge of techniques that will support the agreed project
  • Experience of carrying out the appropriate techniques and trouble-shooting experiments


  • Skills in computational biology

Knowledge and experience (will be assessed from the application and at the interview):


  • Familiarity with statistical methods appropriate to the agreed project
  • A strong publication record, sufficient for the applicant to be eligible for a UK Global Talent Visa
  • Evidence that the applicant can plan and independently carry out experimental and/or computational projects


  • Excellent written communication skills, ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication and potential fellowship applications

Personal skills/behaviours/qualities (will be assessed at the interview):


  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team (both in situ and remotely with international collaborators)
  • Evidence of ability to conduct research independently, from the planning stages to execution and write-up
  • The desire to learn about previously unfamiliar biological systems, to acquire new computational and analytical skills and to pro-actively seek novel and creative solutions to scientific problems
  • Willingness to share knowledge and skills with other members of the group on a daily basis
  • Ability to constructively criticize one’s own and others' results


  • Good written and verbal communication skills and the capacity and willingness to improve the use of the English language

Please upload your CV, along with a short summary (max 1-2 pages) of research experience and interests (including the research teams you are interested to join) and a covering letter which also contains a brief outline of the circumstances of your displacement which make you eligible

These posts have been created for people displaced by conflict; please ensure you meet this requirement before applying so that we are able to priorities supporting those in need. Anyone not able to demonstrate how they meet this requirement in the covering letter will be rejected.

The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

We will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.  The role holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role.  UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.

This opportunity is closed to applications.