Research Associate

Job Description

Job description
Job summary
Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral research position in the Germline and Pluripotency Group headed by Dr Harry Leitch at the London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) in Imperial College London ( This position is fully funded by a recently awarded BBSRC project grant.

Duties and responsibilities
This is an ideal opportunity for an enthusiastic and creative scientist to drive forward an exciting and innovative project. The post holder will join a dynamic research team with excellent collaborators and core facility support.

Essential requirements
The candidate should have a solid background in the field of pluripotent stem cell biology and early mouse development, and extensive experience in manipulation of mouse pre-implantation embryos and cell culture techniques. The project focuses on interrogating the developmental potency of mouse primordial germ cells (PGCs), using cutting-edge in vivo and in vitro techniques, as well as studying niche factors associated with germline epigenetic reprogramming. Candidates without a PhD, but with extensive experience in blastocyst injection/micromanipulation of early embryos, will also be considered. Possession of a Home Office personal licence is desirable.

Further information
Based on the Hammersmith Hospital Campus in West London (W12), the ICS/LMS has first class facilities and provides investigators from clinical and basic science backgrounds with the opportunity to pursue innovative, multidisciplinary research within the established base of Imperial College. For more information, visit We are committed to provide mentorship for career development. We also offer a highly attractive benefits package including competitive salary and salary pension scheme.

The start date is negotiable, with the latest possible start being 1st June 2018.

For informal inquiries or questions, please contact Dr Harry Leitch directly (

About Imperial College London
Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information
Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
Deliver positive outcomes
Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
Develop and grow skills and expertise
Work in a planned and managed way
In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.