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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

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

We are looking for a dedicated post-doctoral researcher to investigate mechanisms of self-organisation and pattern formation during early mammalian development. Recently the lab developed unique methods for studying mouse and human embryos and for building embryo-like structures from stem cells (Bedzhov and Zernicka-Goetz, Cell 2014; Harrison et al., Science 2017; Shahbazi et al, Nature, 2017). We now use these methods to allow us to study changes in architecture and stem cell potential as the embryo built itself.

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

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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 your full Curriculum Vitae (CV) including list of relevant publications and a covering letter 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.

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

Deadline for applications is 7th June 2018.

Please quote reference PM15489 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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