Programme Leader Track in Neurobiology - Dr Michael Hastings

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

The Neurobiology Division of the MRC LMB invites applications for a Group Leader position. We seek someone with a focus on the elucidation of fundamental aspects of the molecular neurobiology of the neuronal synapse, in health and disease. The primary selection criteria are scientific excellence and potential for synergy with our existing research programmes, both within the Division (encompassing neuronal cell biology, circuits and behaviour, and neurodegeneration) and across the wider LMB. You should hold a PhD and have an excellent publication record, be internationally recognised for your work and have outstanding potential for independent research.

The position comes with substantial core funding sufficient to establish your research group, and applications for additional external grant support are encouraged. The LMB has an exceptional record of ground-breaking research, and in 2013 moved into a new building with outstanding core facilities including those for light and electron microscopy and mass spectrometry, as well as electronic and instrumentation workshops. Administrative duties are minimal and no teaching is required.  Interactions across the four Divisions of the LMB are encouraged. The University of Cambridge and affiliated institutions form a vibrant Neuroscience community (

The appointment will be made at Programme Leader Track level, and candidates should have a strong international track record of relevant independent research and a proven ability to lead a research team, pursuing original approaches to long-term research goals. Salaries are competitive (Programme Leader Track £49,637 to £61,328 per annum).

Find out more about the LMB’s Neurobiology Division at Informal enquiries can be addressed to Head of Division, Michael Hastings ( For further information about the MRC visit

Working for the MRC provides a whole host of benefits including a final salary pension scheme, Benenden Healthcare membership and excellent holiday entitlement. You will also have access to employee shopping/travel discounts, on site sport and social facilities, as well as salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers. 

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

Applications should include a covering letter and full CV, an outline of current research interests (1 page) and a proposal for future research (up to 2 pages), along with the names and addresses of three professional referees who have agreed to be contacted prior to interview.

Closing date: 20 December 2017

This position is subject to pre-employment screening

The Medical Research is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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