LMS 1857 MRC Postdoctoral Research Scientist - Molecular Systems Group

MRC Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Molecular Systems Group group

£32,302 – £35,143 plus London allowances (£3,727 & £1,402) per annum

3 years fixed term

London, UK


We are looking for a curious, creative and collaborative postdoctoral scientist who wants to join a diverse interdisciplinary research team that works at the intersection of molecular evolution, systems biology, and epigenetics.

The group’s current work is centred on chromatin evolution, with a particular focus on prokaryotes. We seek to understand chromatin organization, evolution, and evolvability in a comparative context using both computational and experimental approaches. For more detailed information about our work, please visit the group’s website (https://molsys.lms.mrc.ac.uk/Publications.html).

We are looking for a candidate with experience in the genetic manipulation of microbes (including high-throughput approaches, e.g. CRISPR, transposon mutagenesis, etc.) and/or large-scale data analysis. Experience working with a variety of microbes (archaea, bacteria, etc.) is a bonus. Candidates keen to mix wet and dry lab work are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates must have a strong publication record, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a track record of addressing scientific problems in an innovative, thoughtful and systematic manner. Whatever your background, a keen interest in evolutionary processes and chromatin is a must. There will be ample opportunity for candidates to develop independent projects.

The London Institute of Medical Sciences is funded by the MRC and is a Division of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College. Based on the Hammersmith Hospital Campus in West London (W12), the LMS provides a thriving research environment with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including high-throughput sequencing and proteomics. For more information, visit www.lms.mrc.ac.uk.

The post is an MRC Postdoctoral Scientist position providing training and development supporting post-doctoral scientists in early or changed career paths helping establish them as successful research scientists in their chosen field. We offer a highly attractive benefits package including competitive salary, excellent holiday entitlement and generous pension scheme.

Please contact Dr Warnecke for further information about the post ().


Additional allowances comprise a £1,000 lump sum Settlement Allowance plus a yearly Training Allowance of £850 in the first year, paid in monthly instalments. The Training Allowance increases to £1,300 in year two, and £1,800 in the third year.

This role qualifies for endorsement by UKRI for a UK Global Talent Visa, for which the successful applicant is likely to be eligible to apply. Immigration costs for applicant (100% visa and 100% Health Surcharge) and immediate dependents (100% visa and 50% health surcharge when applying with main applicant) can be reclaimed from LMS after taking up the post (terms and conditions apply).