Senior Laboratory Research Scientist

Applies an in-depth knowledge of research, technical or other scientific practices, methods and procedures gained through either experience and/or formal academic qualifications and applies this knowledge to provide a range of specialist activities. Senior Laboratory Research Scientist is the level at which careers in this functional family typically stabilise.
Deadline for applications has passed.

Key information

Job reference
Competitive with benefits, subject to skills and experience.
Applications closed
29 September 2021, 23:59 BST
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 20 August 2021
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Maternity Cover – LRS/SLRS

Quantitative Stem Cell Biology Laboratory

Reports to: Silvia Santos (Group Leader)

Closing date: 30th September 2021

Early applications are encouraged as interviews may take place before closing date

This is a full-time, fixed term position on Crick Terms and Conditions of Employment. The position is initially for a period of 6 months, with the potential of a further 6 month extension.


We are looking for a highly motivated Senior/Laboratory Research Scientist to join the Santos laboratory headed by Dr Silvia Santos at the Francis Crick Institute as a maternity cover. The lab focuses on understanding cell decision-making using embryonic stem cells. Current areas of research include understanding regulatory mechanism of cell division and cellular differentiation. There is a strong focus on single cell analysis, live cell imaging and genomics. The team is currently composed of two PhD students, one undergraduate student and three post-doctoral fellows.

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The successful post holder is expected support on-going collaborative research and help with lab management. The ideal candidate is likely to be an energetic, organised individual who thrives to work on interesting biological problems in a highly collegial and collaborative work environment.

Excellent people and organisation skills are essential.

This post provides the successful candidate experience in lab management, mentorship and training and a fantastic wider support network at the Crick Institute.

Starting date is flexible. The contract is initially for 6 months but potentially renewable (up 12 months).

Tentative closing date 30th August 2021. Early applications are encouraged as interviews may take place before closing date.


These include but are not limited to:

  • Lead collaborative research projects under the Group Leader’s supervision
  • Assist in the smooth running of the lab
  • Assist with maintenance of lab inventories and lab’s cell lines
  • Assist with ordering and maintenance of lab stocks
  • Participate in the lab’s human embryonic stem cell rota
  • Improve established protocols and develop new protocols in the lab
  • Liaise with other laboratory support staff
  • Assist in complying with lab safety regulations
  • Keep accurate records of all work carried out
  • Attend and participate in group meetings and key talks
  • Contribute to the preparation of scientific manuscripts


The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease.

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 brand 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 a single roof in Europe.

Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; to developing emerging talent and exporting it to the rest of the UK; to public engagement; and to helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy.


The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Imaginative, Open, Dynamic and Collegial, in addition to the following:

  • Higher degree (MSc and/or PhD) within the Life Sciences (e.g. Molecular and Cellular Biology). Candidates without an MSc or PhD will be considered provided they have substantial experience in lab management and molecular biology.
  • Extensive experience with molecular biology techniques is essential. Experience with DNA editing techniques (e.g. CRISPR) is desirable.
  • Experience with tissue culture experience is desirable. Experience with embryonic stem cells is an asset
  • Outstanding organisational skills
  • Highly motivated
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to prioritise and manage own time
  • Very good communication skills
  • Reliable, helpful and team player

Please upload together with your CV, names and contacts of at least two referees and a cover letter stating your motivation for the post (why you think you would be a good fit).

For informal inquires please contact us on or Dr Silvia Santos directly

Please note: all offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.