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Open Positions

We are always interested in hearing from talented and creative individuals whindividuals who wish to join the team. We have core funding to cover the bulk of laboratory costs, and there is plenty of space in our laboratory for researchers able to bring their own funding. Please contact Prof. Liu to discuss the possibilities in detail.

The selected candidates will work in a multidisciplinary environment in the Institute of Integrative Biology (IIB) at the University of Liverpool, and be incorporated in close collaborations with world-renown groups in the UK, EU, US, China, Japan, Singapore and Australia.



Postdoc candidates will lead their independent projects, develop new ideas and methodologies, be familiar with research background, and participate in procurement of funds. Postdocs are expected to serve as mentors to both graduate and undergraduate students.

We welcome highly motivated researchers who apply for their own fellowships and funds to work in the lab. Some examples of the postdoctoral fellowships that are available are shown below, and we are happy to support all serious applications.

PhD Students

PhD applicants may obtain scholarship funding to cover: (a) their own living expenses; (b) fees charged by the University of Liverpool:

For Chinese students: University of Liverpool has signed an agreement with China Scholarship Council (CSC) to support 4-year full PhD studentships [link]. For further details and application procedure, please contact Professor Liu.


Why University of Liverpool?
Established in 1881, the University of Liverpool is one of the UK's oldest civic universitiee UK's oldest civic universities with a proud history of academic achievement. University of Liverpool has an enviable international reputation for innovative research. The University emphasises internal and external research extending worldwide in science, technology and engineering. Activities in research and teaching in IIB cover the full spectrum of the biological sub-disciplines, from molecular to whole organism, and environmental biology to biotechnology. In addition, it provides a unique combination of facilities and expertise for research, including a cell imaging centre with a series of microscopies in a climate-controlled suite, genetic and biochemical facilities, core genomic sequencing and proteomic platforms, centres for X-ray, NMR and SAXS analysis, Bioinformatics Laboratory as well as a new centre for computational modelling.

Why Liverpool?
Labelled the World Capital City of Pop by Guinness World Records, Liverpool has produced a wealth of musical talent since the mid-20th century. The popularity of The Beatles, Billy Fury, Gerry and the Pacemakers and the other groups from the Merseybeat era, and later bands such as Echo & the Bunnymen and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, contributes to Liverpool's status as a tourist destination; tourism forms a significant part of the city's modern economy. The city celebrated its 800t0th anniversary in 2007, and it held the European Capital of Culture title together with Stavanger, Norway, in 2008.

Liverpool is noted for its rich architectural heritage and is home to many buildings regarded as amongst the greatest examples of their respective styles in the world. Several areas of the city centre were granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2004. Referred to as the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, the site comprises six separate locations in the city including the Pier Head, Albert Dock and William Brown Street and includes many of the city's most famous landmarks.

Liverpool is also well known for its strong sporting identity. The city is home of two Premier League football clubs, Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C.. Matches between the two clubs are known as the Merseyside derby. The world-famous Grand National also takes places annually at Aintree Racecourse on the outskirts of the city.