The Francis Crick Institute

Laboratory Research Scientist – Prieto-Godino Lab

The Francis Crick Institute

London, United Kingdom

Job title: Laboratory Research Scientist – Prieto-Godino Lab

Location: The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road, London

Contract: Fixed-term (9 months), Full time

Salary: From £27,000 per annum, subject to skills and experience

Vacancy ID: 10766

Short summary

We are seeking a talented and motivated Laboratory Research Scientist to join the “Neural circuits and evolution” lab headed by Dr. Lucia Prieto-Godino ( The post is for 9 months to cover for a maternity leave of the current job holder.

We study the genetic and cellular mechanisms by which neural circuits develop, function and evolve. How does the interplay of mutations, drift and natural selection shape nervous systems and the behaviours they generate? We answer these questions harnessing the rich ecological diversity found within the Drosophila species complex, and using the olfactory system as our main model circuit.

Projects will run at the interface of evolutionary biology, neuroscience and genomics, in a multidisciplinary lab. Some of the techniques used in the lab include: molecular biology, electrophysiology, live imaging and high throughput behavioural analysis. The candidate is expected to provide support to the various research activities of the lab, as well as carry out research projects under supervision.

Project scope

The main requirements are excitement about science, good organisational skills, willingness to learn new techniques and a friendly open-minded attitude. In addition, the following will be essential:

  • Bsc or PhD in Neuroscience, Cell Biology or related disciplines.
  • Experience in basic laboratory techniques such as PCR, cloning, mini and maxi prep, DNA and RNA extraction, inmunostaining and confocal microscop
  • Good organisational skill
  • Experience working with Drosophil

About us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy.

  • If you are interested in applying for this role, please apply via our website.
  • The closing date for applications is 02 June 2019 at 23:30.
  • All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

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