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University of Exeter

Living Systems Institute

The Living Systems Institute (LSI) is a flagship for research excellence, motivated by scientific curiosity that transcends traditional discipline boundaries.

Aiming for discovery and fundamental knowledge, LSI scientists explore cellular complexity at all levels and scales through four cross-cutting approaches: Molecular Motion and Sensing; Physics of Life; Cell Engineering; Mathematical Modelling.

The LSI comprises some 200 researchers at the interface between bioscience, medicine, engineering, physics and mathematics. LSI researchers address major challenges in Molecular Cell Biology, Stem Cell & Developmental Biology, and Cellular & Systems Neuroscience. The shared goal is to understand and control the individual and collective properties of cells, ultimately leading to new treatments for disease and improved health.

LSI scientists work in a purpose-designed modern research building that provides a superb interdisciplinary environment with communal interaction space and open plan labs and offices. Along with three floors of wet labs, the Institute has dedicated tissue culture and microscopy suites, four class 4 laser laboratories, SEM, CryoEM, instrument rooms and an insectary, with adjacent facilities for advanced bioimaging, aquatics, next generation sequencing and flow cytometry.

Following appointment of Austin Smith as Director, the LSI is building an integrated programme of research into multicellular assembly and function, including stem cell self-organisation and tissue dynamics. We seek exceptional interdisciplinary mathematicians, biophysicists and biologists to join our endeavour to elucidate the mathematical and biophysical principles of multicellularity and reveal mechanisms of tissue development, disease and regeneration.

We are now recruiting four University-funded posts as detailed below. The post-holders will lead research programmes in LSI. The LSI is a collegiate and highly interactive research environment. Candidates for all posts will demonstrate how they can contribute to the vitality and success of the Institute.

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