View Vacancy -- Research Support Officer - Neurobiology - Dr Ingo Greger - LMB 2101

Open Date
13/03/2023, 11:00
Close Date
27/03/2023, 23:55
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

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 protein crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, 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.

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MRC - 4
£32,005 to £40,769 per annum
Fixed Term
Full Time
4 months

Overall purpose: 

To work within a programme in the laboratory of Dr Ingo Greger at the MRC LMB, Cambridge aimed at studying the molecular basis of synaptic transmission at excitatory synapses. Specifically, the post holder will use a combination of molecular and optical imaging approaches to investigate the mechanisms of AMPA receptor recruitment into hippocampal synapses.

Main duties:

•    To undertake research aimed on AMPA receptor trafficking.
•    To identify, develop and apply a broad range of 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.

Key responsibilities:

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. 

Working relationships: 

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.

Additional information:

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.  

Education / qualifications / training required: 

These should include a PhD in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.

Previous work experience required: 

Basic experience with standard molecular biology techniques, including mammalian cell culture, including neuronal cultures. Experience with confocal microscopy and associated data analysis.

Experience of working in a research lab.

Experience of taking on lab-wide tasks that might be time-limited, or longer lasting, including responsibility for shared equipment or undertaking statutory roles. 

Strong interest in neurobiology.

Knowledge and experience: 

Creativity and initiative

Ability to optimise and develop experimental protocols.

Ability to identify, introduce, adapt and apply new techniques where required to advance projects.

Independent working

Must be able to carry out experimental work independently.

Working with others

Ability to work and communicate effectively with colleagues as part of a team.

Ability to train and supervise team members.

Verbal and written communication skills

Contribution and co-authorship of peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Ability to present and discuss your work at meetings within the group, within the institute and with collaborators.

Ability to contribute your expertise to discussions about developments within the group and laboratory, particularly in the use of new methods, techniques and equipment.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities: 

Ability to work collaboratively within the group and with members of other labs.

Motivation to take initiative to solve problems and complete projects.

Willingness to learn new techniques to advance projects.

Excellent time management to be able to handle multiple duties and responsibilities and work to strict deadlines with regularly changing priorities and workloads.

Excellent focus and organisation to complete projects.

Please note that this post is a fixed term position and will finish in line with the grant in September 2023.
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