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Group Leader in Cancer Biology

*Senior Research Associate (£49,149-£56,950) or Principal Research Associate (£58,655-£67,971) depending on skills and experience, plus a start up package.

The Gurdon Institute is a world-renowned centre in the fields of developmental, cell and cancer biology. The Institute is located in the heart of the historic city of Cambridge and is part of the University's School of Biological Sciences. Its aim is to provide the best possible environment for research and to foster interactions and collaborations between scientists with diverse but complementary interests. It is generously supported by core funding from the Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK and benefits from state-of-the art facilities in a friendly, modern environment.

We are now seeking to recruit one or more Group Leaders at the junior level in any area of cancer biology whose research complements our existing strengths in human organoid systems, mouse genetics, in vivo imaging, epigenetics and DNA replication and repair (see This would be an ideal position for a scientist wishing to take up his or her first position as an independent researcher and we offer a world class platform for career development together with a generous start up package.

Applicants must have a PhD and postdoctoral experience in a relevant subject and must have demonstrated world-leading expertise in cancer biology through published research in internationally recognized journals. Successful candidates will have a clear and cutting-edge five-year research plan indicating their potential to lead and manage a group of scientists. We are particularly interested in applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for the Cancer Research UK Career Development Fellowships (

Limited funding: Funding is available for up to 5 years.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries are invited and can be directed to any of the Institute's Group Leaders or to

Please quote reference PR13640 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working, funds for returning carers and other family-friendly schemes. The Gurdon Institute is committed to equality and diversity in the workplace, for more information go to

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