View Vacancy -- Postdoctoral Scientist - Neurobiology - Dr Ingo Greger - LMB 1870
The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is one of the birthplaces of modern molecular biology and has played an important role in the development of many new techniques, most notably X-ray crystallography of proteins, DNA sequencing and monoclonal antibodies.
The LMB has a clear goal of understanding biological processes at the molecular level, with the ultimate aim of using this knowledge to tackle specific problems in human health and disease. We aim to tackle difficult, long-term problems, which often require investment over many years.
There are four scientific Divisions - Structural Studies, Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Cell Biology and Neurobiology. However, scientific collaboration between the different Divisions is extensive. Scientists are well supported by excellent scientific facilities and by the LMB Operations Group which maintains the core infrastructure and services of the institute.
With the opening of our new laboratory the LMB provides an unsurpassed environment for both young and established researchers. Scientists are drawn to the LMB from all over the world, thus creating a lively and international community for the exchange of ideas and technical innovation.
To work within the Group of Dr Ingo Greger at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), within a wider programme aimed at investigating signalling mechanisms of neuronal AMPA glutamate receptors (AMPARs). Specifically, to investigate the organisation of diverse AMPAR-auxiliary subunit complexes, their gating and their modulation by therapeutic ligands using structural biology approaches (Herguedas et al., Science 2016 & 2019; Dohrke et al., JBC 2020; Zhang et al., Nature 2021; Zhang et al., in preparation [available upon request]; reviewed in Greger et al., Neuron 2017; Greger & Mayer; Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol. 2019; Matthews et al., Neuropharmacology 2021), as well as the organisation of native AMPA receptor complexes.
The successful candidates will work in collaboration with electrophysiologists and with structural biologists in the lab. We also collaborate with other labs in the LMB, with AstraZeneca, and with chemists developing novel AMPAR therapeutics. In the projects available, we aim to i) characterise gating transitions of a recombinant AMPAR/auxiliary subunit complex using time-resolved EM, and ii) characterise native receptor complexes. Project (ii) would benefit from some expertise with cryo-tomography. For further details please get in touch: Ingo Greger; email@example.com.
• To undertake research aimed at characterising AMPAR auxiliary subunit complexes.
• To identify, develop and apply a broad range of imaging techniques to pursue the research objectives.
• To present scientific work at seminars within the Laboratory and at external meetings.
• To contribute to Laboratory-wide discussions on developments within the field.
• To draft scientific papers, and contribute to the overall preparation of research for publication.
• To contribute to the LMB’s mission in the public engagement of science, and the translation of research findings into improvements in health care.
• To assist in the training of PhD Students and other members of the LMB.
Within the overall direction of the programme, the Group, the remit of the project and in discussion with the Group Leader, you will make a significant input into determining the direction of the project within a three-year lifespan.
To plan your own work and objectives on a 12-month basis and manage your experimental work within the project along with your Supervisor.
To work with limited supervision to identify, develop, modify and apply the necessary techniques to achieve the goals of the project.
To introduce and apply new techniques across a wide range of disciplines and to have the creativity and initiative to develop novel approaches and methods where required.
To ensure the research is carried out in accordance with good practice and in compliance with local policies and legal requirements.
To contribute to the smooth running of the Group, including the effective use of resources, training of others and taking responsibility for use of communal facilities.
To enhance your research and generic skills through a tailored development programme.
You will report to Dr Ingo Greger and will interact and collaborate with other Postdoctoral Scientists, Research Support Staff and Students, not only in your Group, but also across the LMB and with external Groups as necessary.
This is a three-year training and development position for a Postdoctoral Scientist who has recently completed their doctoral studies, is moving into a new research discipline or has limited experience of key transferable skills. We support Postdoctoral Scientists with a range of formal and on-the-job training, including:
• MRC training courses.
• External training and personal development courses.
• One-to-one training with your Supervisor and other Scientists.
You will commit to undertaking the following:
• Developing and following a personal development plan.
• Attending training courses.
• Identifying additional training which will support you to develop your career.
The above lists are not exhaustive and you are required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post. All employees are required to act professionally, co-operatively and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and the MRC.
These should include a PhD in a relevant subject or due to complete PhD within 6 months.
Technical skills and expertise:
Experience of and ability to perform techniques relevant to the project. In addition to good experience with cryo-EM (sample preparation and data processing), some experience with cryo-electron tomography would be advantageous.
Strong experience of structural biology would be advantageous.
Track record of research:
This will include achievements, and contributions to published papers.
Other relevant evidence of:
• Ability to communicate.
• Working with others.
This project will suit candidates who wish to further develop a hot research topic in an interdisciplinary environment, and who seek to work independently.
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.
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