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View Vacancy -- Scientific Researcher - Neurobiology - Dr Anne Bertolotti - LMB 717

Open Date
23/11/2017 14:10
Close Date
02/01/2018 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 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 new laboratory the LMB provides an unsurpassed environment for both new 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.

MRC - 4
Cambridge
£30,464 to £33,305
Fixed Term
Science
Full Time
11 Months
Overall purpose:

To work within the Group of Dr Anne Bertolotti at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), on a programme on phosphatases. The project consists in further developing biochemical assays to quantitatively measure phosphatase activity and inhibition with recombinant proteins and characterize phosphatase function and activity.

Main duties:

•   To undertake research aimed at further developing assays to study phosphatases and their inhibitors.
•   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.
•   Where appropriate, 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:

To plan your own work and objectives and manage your experimental work within the project along with your Supervisor.

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.

Working relationships:

You will report to Dr Anne Bertolotti 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.  

Academic qualifications:

These should include a PhD in a relevant subject or due to complete PhD within 6 months.

Technical skills and expertise:

Essential:
•   Experience of and ability to perform techniques relevant to the project.
•   Experience with biochemistry and/or biophysics.
•   Experience with recombinant protein production.

Desirable:
•   Experience with assay development.
•   Experience of working with difficult proteins is desirable.

Track record of research:

This will include achievements, and contributions to published papers.

Other relevant evidence of:

Commitment, originality, ability to communicate and working with others.

From April 2018, MRC will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online http://www.ukri.org/ .

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 means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a final salary pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers, as well as the chance to put the MRC 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.

 

Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.