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Research Assistants/Associates: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology (Fixed Term)

The lab of Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz ( studies self-organisation and symmetry breaking processes in the mammalian embryo using embryos and stem cells as two major model systems.

We are looking for dedicated post-doctoral researchers to investigate mechanisms of self-organisation and pattern formation during early development. The lab applies high-resolution time-lapse imaging and quantitative analysis together with techniques for uncovering and modulating gene expression.

Recently the lab developed unique methods for culturing mouse and human embryos that recapitulate the main events occurring during implantation (Bedzhov and Zernicka-Goetz, Cell 2014; Harrison et al., Science 2017; Shahbazi et al, Nature, 2017). These methods allow us to study morphogenesis and the interactions between stem cell populations as the embryo is built.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in biology or biophysics (or about to be awarded a PhD). The following skills are important: Developmental and cell biology, High-resolution live embryo microscopy; Image analysis and model building.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Enquiries regarding this post can be made to Prof Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz ( and Dr Andy Cox (

Please quote reference PM14601 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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