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Living Systems Institute


Information for prospective fellowship candidates  

The LSI aspires to nurture the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers and will support talented individuals to obtain fellowships at all stages of progression from PhD to independent investigator. We are a dynamic, collaborative community, currently with 25 research groups and some 200 researchers. We are committed to diversity, inclusiveness and open research. We have a record of supporting candidates in successful applications to a range of funders including ERC, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, UKRI Future Leaders, Wellcome, Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Our annual call for applications will reopen in early 2024

Are you ready to develop your own research at the interface between the physical and life sciences?

We seek outstanding scientists whose research interests match LSI’s mission. Following an annual open call and interview process, we will support and mentor selected candidates to obtain external fellowship funding to establish their independent research programme.

You will have a record of accomplishment from PhD and post-doctoral research. Successful candidates will propose a research project that is original, ambitious and achievable. You should also outline the potential for synergy with current LSI research. Upon securing a fellowship you will establish your independent group in the Institute, benefiting from outstanding facilities, access to intra-mural funding, mentorship, professional development and opportunities to recruit undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Please note that the open call and selection process applies equally to both internal and external candidates.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity informally, please contact the Institute Director Professor Austin Smith (

Suitable fellowships include but are not limited to: 

Early-career fellowships support awardees to undertake research in a host laboratory. Candidates require endorsement and support from the proposed LSI PI host, who must agree to provide space and resources within their existing allocation. Please contact your prospective host LSI Principal Investigator directly.

Early-career fellowship schemes that you may be eligible to apply for include: 

Please note that additional internal processes apply for some listed Group Leader and Early-career schemes. Please contact the LSI Research Development Manager Matt Amesbury ( for clarification or to discuss any unlisted scheme. For summary information on these and other fellowship schemes please here.

Applications for the LSI PhD studentships programme are now open.

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