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Join our thriving community of talented academics, researchers, technicians and professional services staff.

We are committed to developing the next generation of independent researchers whilst providing world-class support to academics who are already working at the fore-front of scientific discovery.

Current vacancies



Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour
You will be responsible for running hormone assays, preparing materials and collection of samples, assisting with behavioural research and the care of laboratory rodents.
Closing date: 29 January 2020
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KTP Associate Mass Spectrometry

Department of Biochemistry
We are seeking to recruit a high calibre Mass Spectrometry scientist.  This is an exciting opportunity bridging between research academia and the commercial sector.
Closing date: 31 January 2020
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Head of Sequence Production - Grade 8

Department of Functional and Comparative Genomics
The Centre for Genomic Research is a leading facility for the application of genomic technologies and bioinformatic analyses. The Sequence Production Manager will take overall responsibility for the routine running of the CGR laboratory, providing guidance and oversight to a team of laboratory-based staff within the CGR.
Closing date: 6 February 2020
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All of our job vacancies are listed on the main University website. For details of our PhD opportunities, please see the postgraduate study section. 

Life in the Institute

The Institute is proud to hold the Athena SWAN Gold award and is committed to continually improving our equality and diversity in a fair and supportive environment.

The Institute's staff are largely based on one site in the Biosciences and Life Sciences Buildings on the north of the University’s campus. We also have a small number of staff located at Leahurst, 12 miles south of Liverpool on the Wirral. Co-location of the majority of the Institute’s faculty allows for a well-integrated staff complement, and a supportive, friendly working environment. The Institute actively employs a flexible retirement policy and supports flexible working. Many of the staff take advantage of the range of wider University family friendly initiatives and benefits, and the Institute complements the standard University maternity policy with individualised support.

The Institute offers a detailed induction for all new starters, staff and students alike. We also play a significant role in developing a pipeline of the next generation of world-class researchers, through mentorship and nurturing to support on-going career development. Those staff who were once postgraduate students with us and are now leading researchers in their field are a testament of that.

We prepare our postgraduates for life beyond study, expecting all students to enter employment having made a positive impact during their time in Institute. The Institute has a vibrant postgraduate community and its Postgraduate Society won the 2012 "Excellence in Innovation" award at the University Celebrating Success Awards and the 2015 "Enhancing University Life" award. These awards recognise, celebrate and promote excellence by academic and professional services staff across the University. Since it was established, the IIB Postgraduate Society has worked to develop a highly successful social programme and career development workshops.

We also have an IIB Postdoctoral Society (IIBPS) for postdoctoral staff in the Institute. The IIBPS focuses specifically on personal and professional development for researchers at the postdoctoral level. Initiated by the IIBPS, the Institute recently introduced the Johnston Researcher Development Fund, which enables postdoctoral researchers to apply for funding for career-development such as training programmes, industry placements and pilot projects. The IIBPS also organises social and networking events, all aimed at enhancing the postdoctoral experience at the Institute.