The Living Systems Institute (LSI) is a major new initiative by the University of Exeter (Global Top 100, Times Higher Education World University Rankings) designed to promote interdisciplinary research that transcends the boundaries of mathematics, engineering and the biological, medical and physical sciences. Its mission is to analyse living cells and organisms as integrated systems, with the aim of unravelling how diseases disrupt biological processes at the molecular, cellular and organismal level.

The LSI will open in autumn 2016 under the direction of eminent geneticist, Philip Ingham FRS. Our vision is to build a team of researchers who will work together across disciplines to identify new ways to diagnose, treat and cure disease in plants and animals, especially humans. Our goal is to identify common signatures of disease, irrespective of host or the precise mechanism of disease pathogenesis (i.e. whether caused by genetic changes or environmental agents).

We are now seeking to appoint ambitious investigators committed to working in this interdisciplinary manner, who will explore the basis of disease and translate fundamental understanding into predictive capability, to secure human health and wellbeing.

A total of twenty appointments will be made at a variety of career stages, based on experience and potential. A demonstrable interest in the fundamental principles that govern how living-systems operate and how they breakdown in disease is essential, as is a commitment to working across traditional discipline boundaries. We are particularly keen to recruit investigators with expertise in mathematics, physics, chemistry or engineering, as well as in the life sciences.

Candidates for Full and Associate Professorial appointments will be leaders in their field of research as evidenced by outstanding publication and funding track records. Early career stage investigators will be considered for appointment to fixed term (five year) Fellowships with the opportunity for progression to Group Leader and a proleptic permanent appointment. All appointees will be highly innovative and collaborative with strong interdisciplinary research interests and activities that provide an excellent fit for collaboration within the LSI and beyond.

For an informal discussion about opportunities within LSI please contact

The closing date for applications is 11th April 2016. Interviews are expected to take place between 31st May and 3rd June 2016.