The LMB houses about 150 postdocs at any one time, working in the 50 or so small groups that from the four Divisions. While some have done their PhD at the LMB, most of the researchers have come from other labs worldwide, ensuring that we have a diverse research community. The different backgrounds also foster a collaborative environment: complementary expertise is readily shared in the community together with reagents and equipment.
Postdocs usually work at the LMB for between one and three years, with limited possibility of extension. Postdocs who wish to explore coming to the LMB to work in a particular research area are encouraged to contact the group leader with whom they are interested in working to explore potential opportunities. Many postdocs at the LMB obtain their own funding after developing a project with a group leader. The University of Cambridge maintains a comprehensive list of non-industrial funding opportunities, which can be searched by the sponsor, type of scheme, date and application stage.
In addition to this self-funded route, there are some LMB-funded positions which become available from time to time. In particular, LMB International Fellowships have been created for the development of innovative research, and candidates for these Fellowships would be expected to introduce new scientific projects or expertise into the LMB. All LMB-funded positions are advertised in major journals such as Nature and Science, and can also be found directly on the Current Vacancies page of this website. We also encourage individuals to view individual Group Leader pages and to contact them directly regarding possible positions in their labs in the absence of formal advertising.
Because of the relatively small number of PhD students, and because the LMB is not a department of the University of Cambridge, postdocs usually have few or no academic duties. Nevertheless, a number of researchers are also affiliated to a Cambridge University college and can participate in teaching. Administrative responsibilities are kept to a minimum, helping to keep research the foremost priority. Postdocs also enjoy considerably more autonomy than commonly found in other institutes, providing a good platform for subsequent career steps.
Hello, I’m Vitor and I have been a postdoc here for 2 years. Walking through the doors of the LMB to be faced by the ‘rogues’ gallery’ of Nobel Prize winners was an intimidating way to start my postdoc. That sense of awe stayed with me as I got to know more of the people working here and more about the research being carried out. In fact, I have yet to hear of a boring project.
Although Brazilian, I was trained locally. I graduated in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and continued my training there, working on bacterial pathogenesis and evolution.
An MRC Career Development Fellowship allowed me to change fields, and I now work with Dr. Philipp Holliger using directed evolution and protein engineering to develop a novel genetic information storage system.
“…LMB has proven to be a great place to work.”
While much of my training has been relevant to my current work, I have had many opportunities to challenge myself with new concepts and to do cutting-edge science.
High funding levels, efficient support staff, good facilities, a friendly environment and the absence of rigid hierarchy all contributed to my decision to come to the LMB. Expectations are high, and researchers are expected to take advantage of the resources and expertise around them to do outstanding science.
A postdoctoral association, run by postdoctoral researchers including myself, has been formed to foster a researchers’ community. We have put together online resources for prospective researchers, and we organise a biannual postdoctoral retreat and many smaller, more frequent, events.
In all, the LMB has proven to be a great place to work. My only regret is that these three years are going past so quickly!