Stories about the people, science and research of the Medical Research Council.
4 Apr 2019
A technology specialist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), Mark Skehel helps fellow scientists use powerful techniques to study proteins, alongside his own biomedical research. He describes his career spanning industry and academia, and how he’s benefited from embracing change.
Mark in his lab at the MRC LMB, holding a sample vial in front of a mass spectrometer – an instrument used to identify and measure molecules based on their mass-to-charge ratio. [...]
Career in brief
- Laboratory technician at Smith, Kline & French
- Degree in chemistry with biochemistry at King’s College London
- Higher scientific officer at the MRC LMB and PhD in chemistry
- Investigator scientist at SmithKline Beecham and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
- Head of Protein Analysis and Proteomics at Cancer Research UK
- Head of Biological Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics at the MRC LMB
Continue reading: Working life: technology specialist Mark Skehel
28 Mar 2019
First, we removed the time-bound criteria from our fellowship applications, to give people more time to apply after completing their PhD. Then we did the same for our New Investigator Research Grants (NIRG). Other funders have followed suit (including Wellcome and Cancer Research UK), and we know that many researchers have benefited from these changes. Here four new investigators and fellows describe the different paths they’ve followed to become independent researchers, and how broadening access to our schemes has helped them along the route. [...]
Continue reading: Beyond the sprint: stories from the marathon runners of science
21 Mar 2019
We understand that for many researchers, making the leap to independent research can be a challenging time. That’s why we’ve been working to ensure we can provide our researchers with the support they need to navigate this process. Professor Moira Whyte, Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and Chair of the MRC’s Training and Careers Group, guides us through what we can offer to help early-career researchers in the transition.
Making the move from postdoc in someone else’s group to making your mark as an independent researcher can be a tough career stage. As noted in a recent article – The life of P.I. Transitions to Independence in Academia – early-career researchers (ECRs) face numerous barriers to securing posts, staff, time and funding. This comes at a time when they are trying to make their mark scientifically and generate the outputs that will get them recognised as leaders in their field, and we’ve heard from our own fellows, from both basic scientific and clinical backgrounds, about what a critical career stage this is. [...]
Continue reading: Transitioning to research independence