Postdoc Position in Genomics at Imperial College London

Imperial College London is delighted to offer a postdoctoral scholar position in developmental biology. The funds for this position are available for 3 years. Applications are welcome before March 01, 2020.

We are looking to recruit a Research Associate to join the Development & Transcriptional Control group, headed by Vicki Metzis. This position is jointly funded by Wellcome and The Royal Society. You will be based at the London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS), which specialises in Epigenetics, Quantitative Biology and Genes and Metabolism. You will benefit from working in a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment, housed within a vibrant community of researchers and clinicians based at the Hammersmith Hospital Campus.

In the Development and Transcriptional Control group, we study the molecular mechanisms of embryo development. Working at the nexus of development and genomics, the group is interested in defining how cellular diversity arises during development, and the roles that regulatory elements play in this process. By developing quantitative methods to probe cell identity, we are defining how diverse cellular outcomes are generated in the head versus the trunk of the embryo, revealing the underlying design principles of the mammalian body plan. For further details, visit our lab website.

What we do

You will be joining a group that uses a combination of in vivo mouse genetic models and in vitro tissue engineering approaches, taking advantage of the directed differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells to defined cell types. These systems allow us to apply the latest genome engineering, proteomic and advanced sequencing technologies to define regulatory element function, bridging multiple scales from single cells to whole tissues and organisms.

You will be eager to work at the intersection of developmental biology and the latest technological advancements in the field of genomics and genome editing. You will be funded by The Royal Society and Wellcome and have the opportunity to train in a range of techniques including embryonic stem cells, mouse genetic approaches, and computational approaches, with access to state-of-the-art core facilities and infrastructure. In addition, you will enjoy the freedom to develop and carry out your own research within the group's area of interest.

The ideal applicant will have a PhD (or in the final stages of degree conferral or equivalent experience) related to developmental biology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, significant experience in molecular biology or protein biochemistry, a strong interest in working with embryonic stem cells and genome editing technologies and at least one first-author publication, in an internationally-recognized, peer-reviewed journal, or copy of submitted manuscript/preprint.

The roles are full time and fixed term for 3 years.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the Salary range 35,477-38,566 per annum.

For informal inquiries or questions please contact Vicki Metzis directly (

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