MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS)

Research Assistant

MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Research Assistant
Fixed-Term, 1 year
£28,434-£31,283 pa inclusive
London, UK

Job Summary

A 1-year Research Assistant position is available at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (MRC LMS) to work in the Chromatin and Development Group, headed by Dr Michelle Percharde. The group studies the molecular events surrounding cell fate choices during early development, focusing on the role and regulation of chromatin and transposable elements. For further information please visit and

We routinely use mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and mouse embryos as models, adopting a combination of genome-wide techniques, CRISPR/Cas9 technology, high-resolution microscopy, biochemistry and molecular embryology approaches to probe gene and transposon function during development.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who will support the running of the group and who will also be actively involved in the research projects in our laboratory. You should have previous laboratory research experience and have previously worked with mammalian tissue culture systems and standard molecular biology techniques. The ideal candidate will be a holder of a Home Office Personal Licence and will have experience in manipulation of murine preimplantation embryos and ESC culture techniques. Experience in the field of chromatin regulation and murine development would be an advantage.

Main Responsibilities:

• To plan and carry out research in accordance with project aims
• To help with the daily running of the lab, performing general lab duties as required.
• To attend project and related research group meetings
• To analyse and present work to other members of the group
• To interact and collaborate with group members
• To publish results in peer-reviewed journals
• To work flexibly as the demands of the project requires

Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

For full details of this post (Job Description and Person Specification) and to complete an online application, visit: and upload your CV, the names and contacts of two scientific references, along with a cover letter stating why you are applying for this post (providing evidence against the requirements as per the Job Description and Person Specification). Please quote reference number 1207.

Closing date: 19 November 2019

Final appointment will be subject to pre-employment screening

This post is only open to UK/EU residents as MRC cannot apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship for this post under Tier 2 of the UK Border Agency’s Points Based System.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.