Cross the boundaries to new horizons

Be part of a world class, multi-disciplinary team in our Living Systems Institute

The Living Systems Institute (LSI) is a major new initiative by the University of Exeter designed to promote interdisciplinary research that transcends the boundaries of mathematics, engineering and the biological, medical and physical sciences. Its mission is to analyse living cells and organisms as integrated systems, with the aim of unravelling how diseases disrupt biological processes at the molecular, cellular and organismal level. 

Current vacancies:

Research fellows

We are currently recruiting Research Fellows in Living Systems (Ref: P01006).

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Lecturers/Senior Lecturers

We are currently recruiting Lecturers/Senior Lecturers in Living Systems (Ref: P01007).

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Associate Professors/Professors

We are currently recruiting Associate Professors/Professors in Living Systems (Ref: P01008).

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The award winning £52m LSI building was opened in autumn 2016 and currently houses 23 Principal Investigators drawn both from newly recruited staff from leading institutions around the world and existing University of Exeter staff. Following our initial round of recruitment, we have established expertise and resources for the analysis of living systems at the nanoscale, using HD-exchange mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron-microscopy and nanophotonics. We also have significant strength in quantitative and computational approaches, through the Wellcome Trust ISSF funded Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis, and the EPSRC funded Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare, both of which are hosted within the LSI.

Our research focuses on a number of themes including host-microbial interactions, neurodegeneration and behaviour, topics that align with clinical research strengths in diabetes and metabolic disorders, dementia and neurodevelopmental disorders in the Medical School as well as with research in the Mood Disorders Centre. We now wish to build on these themes through the appointment of a further five Principal Investigators. Whilst our principal criterion is scientific excellence, we are particularly interested in investigators in the areas of behavioural neuroscience and host-microbiome interactions and especially those using non-mammalian model systems. We have outstanding facilities for aquatic organisms in the newly remodelled Aquatic Resources Centre as well as Drosophila and other invertebrates. Researchers using computational approaches are also encouraged to apply.

The successful applicants will be established or emerging leaders in their field of research with an international reputation and expertise in any of the natural sciences or mathematics. Although the appointees will be expected to sustain a strong research programme, they will also contribute to our educational programmes and to the overall student experience.

For an informal discussion about opportunities within the LSI please contact

The closing date for completed applications is 22nd January 2018.

Interviews are expected to take place in the second half of February 2018.

The University and its STEMM disciplines all hold Silver or Bronze Athena SWAN charter awards. The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer, an Athena Swan accredited institution and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

As Chair of the Living Systems Executive Board I am pleased to continue to support and champion the work being carried out at the University in relation to the Athena SWAN Charter. At Exeter we wish to put in place a culture and environment which supports women to reach their full potential. I am very concerned about ensuring there are equal opportunities for women to advance their scientific careers.

Professor N J Talbot FRS BSc PhD (UEA), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact)

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