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

Fellowship applications with the LSI - Expressions of interest

Externally Funded Group Leader Fellowships

LSI aims to sponsor outstanding candidates for externally funded Fellowships across our broad remit of interdisciplinary research. The Institute will issue an annual call for expressions of interest (see below). Selected candidates will then be invited to visit LSI to present and discuss their research.

Expressions of interest should include:

• Current Position (Research Group, Institution, Department, Country)
• When were you awarded your PhD?
• Which Fellowship scheme are you planning to apply for?
• Short (1-2 page) summary of your proposed research programme
• Why is your proposed research best performed in the LSI and how does it fit in with the Institute’s research approaches?
• Brief summary of your research achievements to date
• Full publication list
• CV (maximum 2 pages)

Informal enquiries may be directed to the Director, Professor Austin Smith via email:


PhD Studentships

LSI PhD Studentships are available now and we are looking for highly motivated and imaginative students from across the full range of disciplines to join our thriving community of over 50 PhD students.

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Application closing date 10 January 2022.


Job opportunities at the Living Systems Institute

University Funded Group Leader Posts

LSI plans recruitments from summer 2022 for University-funded posts in interdisciplinary Stem Cell Biology and allied Synthetic Biology and Bioengineering.  You may register interest via email:

Please include the following:

• Contact details
• Brief statement of research interests


Post-doctoral Scientists, Research Assistants, and Technicians

Prospective approaches may be made directly to Principal Investigators. Current openings are listed below.

Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow in Bioinformatics S73184

A full-time post for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow in Bioinformatics to undertake comparative bioinformatic analyses to decipher the regulatory networks of pluripotency in humans and other mammals. The post will be in the research group of Professor Austin Smith and is available immediately on a fixed-term basis until 31st December 2024.

Application Deadline: 08.12.2021

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Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow R73730

A full-time post for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow in the research group of Dr Ge Guo is available immediately on a fixed-term basis until 31st of August 2024. The successful applicant will undertake a programme of research to understand human embryo development using our recently established human blastoid system.

Application Deadline: 06/12/2021

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BBSRC-funded SWbio PhD studentship

An interdisciplinary BBSRC-funded SWbio PhD studentship to investigate molecular mechanisms of ageing in bacteria is available in the lab of Tobias Bergmiller (Biosciences), co-supervised by Bertram Daum (LSI), Stefano Pagliara (LSI), and Paul Verkade (University of Bristol).

Application Deadline: 06/12/2021 

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