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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The Institute is a world-leading centre for Stem Cell Research with a mission to transform human health through a deep understanding of stem and progenitor cell biology ( and is supported by the Wellcome and the Medical Research Council.

The Nichols/Chalut labs aim to understand the fundamental mechanisms by which early embryonic lineages are established; and how those lineages are spatially segregated. The labs use a combination of diverse approaches, including embryology, physical biology, quantitative modelling, molecular biology, genetic manipulation, cellular biology and imaging to understand morphogenesis of the early mouse embryo.

We are looking for an independent Research Associate with proactive and flexible attitude to work (when required) to join a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funded research project to uncover the "Biomechanical prerequisites of pluripotency".

Homepages of the team: and

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant field such as developmental biology and/or stem cell biology motivated to manipulate early mammalian embryos/organoids using tools of physical biology to probe morphogenesis. Candidates with experience in quantitative biology or proteomics are also encouraged to apply. Some experience with either stem cell biology or developmental biology is a requirement. The ideal candidate will be collaborative for this multidisciplinary project.

Informal enquiries about the post are also welcome via email on

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2019 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and 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.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for all applications is Tuesday 12th May 2018, with interviews being held on 24th May 2018.

Please quote reference PS15277 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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