|Salary:||£37,500 per annum pro rata|
|Placed On:||15th September 2023|
|Closes:||12th October 2023|
|Job Ref:||LMB 2233|
The assembly of proteins tau and alpha-synuclein into abnormal amyloid filaments is central to the majority of cases of human neurodegenerative disease. Since 2017, we have been using electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) for determining the structures of tau and alpha-synuclein filaments from human brains. We have shown that specific filament folds define distinct diseases, with differences in filament structures being between some diseases, not between individuals with a given disease. To understand mechanisms of disease, one must be able to form filaments in experimental settings that have the same structures as those from human brains. This has so far not been achieved in cells or animals. This position is to make constructs of tau and alpha-synuclein, with the view to producing the same filament structures as those from human brains, in cells and animals.
The postholder will have extensive experience in cell and molecular biology and the production and analysis of models of amyloid formation. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a relevant subject or be due to complete within 6 months. Good communication skills and the ability to work well both independently and in a group are crucial.
We are looking for a Postdoctoral Scientist for our 3-year Career Development Fellowship/ Postdoctoral Training Scheme. This is a training and development position suitable for you if you have recently completed your doctoral studies, or you are looking to move into a new research discipline and/or need to further develop your research skills. Working with our world class scientists you will be working in an Institute renowned for its excellent scientific facilities and high-quality research.
The LMB has an inclusive and collaborative working culture and you will be based in our state-of-the-art building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. You will be able to access our range of excellent benefits including a staff restaurant with roof terrace, on-site nursery, sports and social facilities. You will be eligible to join our defined benefit pension scheme with an employer contribution of 16%, holiday entitlement of 40.5 days per annum (including bank holidays and privilege days) and a generous employee discount scheme. We are also committed to providing training and development opportunities including support towards role-related qualifications.
The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) which brings together nine research and innovation partners, more information can be found at www.ukri.org and www.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk.
This role qualifies for endorsement by UKRI for a UK Global Talent Visa, for which the successful applicant is likely to be eligible to apply. Immigration costs (visa and health surcharge) can be reclaimed from UKRI after taking up the post (terms and conditions apply).
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Closing date: Thursday 12th October 2023
Final appointments will be subject to a pre-employment screening.
We actively support equality, diversity and inclusion. We therefore, particularly welcome women, minority ethnic and disabled candidates to apply for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented. We are a disability inclusive employer and encourage disabled people to apply for this role.
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