Laboratory Research Scientist - Proteomics & Paleoanthropology

Applies specific technical or practical skills and has a well-developed working knowledge of technical or scientific practices and procedures acquired through on-the-job, vocational or academic training. Work will involve the application of skills and knowledge to provide a range of technical support activities.
Deadline for applications has passed.

Key information

Job reference
From £30,450, with benefits, subject to skills and experience.
Applications closed
10 April 2023, 23:59 BST
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 27 March 2023
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Laboratory Research Scientist - Proteomics & Paleoanthropology

This is a full-time, fixed term position for one year on Crick terms and conditions of employment.


A position as a Laboratory Research Scientist (LRS) has been created at the Ancient Genomics Lab ( of the Francis Crick Institute, led by Dr. Pontus Skoglund. Applications are welcome from candidates with a strong background in proteomics and/or scientific archaeology. Excellent organizational skills, time management, and interest in manual skeletal sampling and project administration are required. The successful candidate will contribute to the lab's projects on ancient proteomics, and work closely with postdoctoral fellow Dr. Helen Fewlass and other researchers.

Key responsibilities

These include but are not limited to:

  • Project administration, sample tracking, collaboration tracking, and databasing

  • Ethical handling of human remains (BABAO guidelines)

  • Sampling of bone and teeth of fauna and humans

  • Communicating with collaborators for sample access, and returning results

  • Searching the literature and collections for relevant samples

  • Skeletal sample cataloging, shipping and return of samples

  • Protein extraction together with laboratory scientists in the research group

  • Near-Infrared Spectrometric pre-screening of protein content

  • Liaising with the Proteomics Science Technology Platform to conduct mass spectrometry

  • Sampling visits with partner groups and institutions

  • Planning and designing additional experiments effort based on initial results

  • Clean lab management. Maintenance and supplies

  • Participation in scientific meetings within the group and wider community

  • Documenting work and contributing to scientific publications

  • Potential bioinformatic work preparing and managing proteomic data

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:


  • BSc or MSc in Scientific Archaeology, Paleoanthropology, Paleontology, or a related field

  • Experience with bone sampling or handling

  • Experience with biochemical laboratory work

  • Strong skills in organizing and recording sample handling

  • Strong collaborative and communicative ability


  • Experience with ancient proteins, ancient DNA or molecular biology

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

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We have a wide research portfolio with no divisions or departments, bringing biomedical researchers together with clinicians, physical scientists and applied scientists from our pharmaceutical partners.

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We provide an excellent learning environment with dedicated education programmes in public engagement with science, education and personal development, and a postdoc training programme that prepares scientists for leadership roles in science.

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