Job opportunities at the Living Systems Institute

As a young and dynamic research institute, LSI offers career opportunities for enterprising scientists at all levels from technician to Professor and professional support staff.

Group Leaders

LSI will issue an open call in spring 2020 for University-funded posts in interdisciplinary Stem Cell Biology and allied Synthetic Biology and Bioengineering.  You may register interest via email:

LSI also sponsors outstanding candidates for Fellowship applications across our broad remit of interdisciplinary research. Expressions of interest, including an outline research proposal, will be considered twice yearly by the Institute Strategy Group, and should be submitted to:

Forthcoming deadlines are 30 June 2020 and 30 January 2021. Informal enquiries may be directed to the Director, Professor Austin Smith via email:

Post-doctoral Scientists, Research Assistants and Technicians

Prospective approaches may be made directly to Principal Investigators. Current openings will be advertised by the University and are listed below.

PhD Studentships

Please see our PhD Programme pages LSI Studentships.


Experimental Officer (Smith Lab)

The Livings Systems Institute is currently looking for dynamic and motivated technical expert to take up the role of either Experimental Officer (Grade F) or Assistant Experimental Officer (Grade E) (Job Reference: P71203) to support the research programme of Professor Austin Smith, Director of the Living Systems Institute, on the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus.

Professor Smith’s laboratory is currently based in the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and will relocate to the Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, in July 2020.

Deadline for applications: 09/03/2020 

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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Monier Lab)

Dr Adam Monier is seeking applications for a new post doctoral reserach associate, this new full time post is available from 1 April 2020 on a fixed term basis until 31 January 2024. The PDRA will manage a project about how marine viruses modulate the metabolisms of their phytoplankton hosts. The PDRA will be in charge of running infection experiments and to determine the molecular and phenotypic changes induced by viral infection using eukaryotic phytoplankton hosts, including Arctic algal species.

Deadline for applications: 23/03/2020 

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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (Jékely Lab)

Professor Gáspár Jékely is looking for an Early Stage Reseacher with experience with the molecular biology of marine invertebrates to join his lab to on a fixed term post until 28 February 2021.  

Deadline for applications: 18/03/2020 

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PhD in Complex Living Systems

LSI has a number of PhD studentships available for its interdisciplinary PhD in Complex Living Systems.  

This programme will open again in late spring for further applications. 

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