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Laboratory Research Scientist– Neural circuits and immunity in psychosis lab

Francis Crick Institute
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£31,675 to £35,900 with benefits, subject to skills and experience
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

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Laboratory Research Scientist– Neural circuits and immunity in psychosis lab

Reports to: Katharina Schmack, Clinical Science Group Leader

This is a full-time, fixed term (Jun 2024-Dec 2025) position on Crick terms and conditions of employment


The Neural Circuits and Immunity in Psychosis laboratory, led by Katharina Schmack, is seeking a maternity cover for our Senior Laboratory Research Scientist (SLRS). The postholder will support the operations and science in this lab. Responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of the lab, supporting in-vivo behavioural experiments in mice and training PhD students and postdocs.

The research group

We study the biological mechanisms underlying psychosis. Our goal is to develop new biological treatments for psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, and to generate fundamental insights into how the brain generates perceptions and thoughts. We are working on the interface of psychiatry, neuroscience, and immunology. We are committed to visionary and rigorous science that is driven by shared passion and individual growth, and that pushes the boundaries of biological knowledge relevant to disease. We study human patients and mice using a range of methods including psychometric experiments, computational modelling, targeted neural circuit manipulations, and immunological techniques.

Lab web page:

Key responsibilities

  • Day-to-day management of lab operations including

    • Order and manage of lab materials and consumables,

    • Organise lab and team meetings

  • Represent the lab inside and outside the Crick

    • Attend hub meetings

    • Communicate with operations staff as needed

  • Support organisational-administrative tasks

    • Write and manage risk assessments of the lab

    • Support drafting of amendments and reports related to our animal licence

  • Oversee software and data organisation across the laboratory

  • Support lab members, including PhD students

    • providing advice and guidance as required

    • coordinate onboarding of new lab members

  • Encourage a positive and motivating lab atmosphere

Key experience and competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: bold, imaginative, open, dynamic and collegial, in addition to the following:


Qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • Bsc or Masters in Science, Neuroscience, Immunology or related disciplines
  • Previous laboratory experience
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise workload in the face of competing demands
  • Strong communication skills and ability to provide feedback and guidance to other lab members and to other teams where needed
  • Good interpersonal skills enabling the postholder to influence and build effective relationships both in the lab and in collaboration with colleagues 
  • Track record of working on collaborative projects and teamwork experience


Qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • Programming and data analysis skills (e.g., Matlab, Python, R, Linux, R Studio)
  • Experience working with cell line transfection and validation
  • Experience with basic laboratory techniques including qPCR and reagent preparation
  • Experience with flow cytometry
  • Track record of writing papers as evidenced by co-authored publications

Find out what benefits the Crick has to offer:

For more information on our great pay and benefits package please click here:

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion:

We welcome applications from all backgrounds. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, pregnancy, age, disability, or civil partnership, marital or family status. We particularly welcome applications from people who are Minority Ethnic as they are currently underrepresented in the Crick at this level.

Diversity is essential to excellence in scientific endeavour. It increases breadth and perspective, leading to more innovation and creativity. We want the Crick to be a place where everyone feels valued and where diversity is celebrated and seen as part of the foundation for our Institute’s success.

The Crick is committed to creating equality of opportunity and promoting diversity and inclusivity. We all share in the responsibility to actively promote dignity, respect, inclusivity and equal treatment and it is our aim to ensure that these principles are reflected and implemented in all strategies, policies and practices.

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