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Group Leader

The Gurdon Institute, a world-leading centre for research in developmental and cancer biology, is seeking a new Group Leader. We encourage applications in any area that complements and expands our existing strengths. Our 18 research groups address mechanisms that underlie development and disease through work in humans, model organisms, organoids and cell systems ( via employing state-of-the-art technologies such as super-resolution imaging, single-cell analyses, genome engineering, genomics and computer modelling. The Institute is embedded in the University of Cambridge and provides an exceptional and stimulating environment that promotes collaborative and interdisciplinary research in a supportive and modern setting.

This is an ideal opportunity for an individual to launch an innovative research programme as an independent group leader. Candidates will have a PhD, have completed highly successful postdoctoral research, and be well underway in establishing themselves as an internationally recognised expert in their field.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Establishing a strong track record of high impact research papers
  • Providing academic training and supervision for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers
  • Establishing research collaborations
  • Presenting research outcomes to international audiences
  • Applying for grant funding, and managing the group budget and resources

Successful applicants will be supported to apply for career development level fellowships, receive a start-up package, and have full access to all Institute facilities, including an exceptional team of core staff. You will also become a faculty member of a Department in the University of Cambridge and be able to join the Cambridge Cancer Centre (, a major University-wide initiative supported by Cancer Research UK to promote engagement and research in Cancer Biology. The University of Cambridge provides access to outstanding colleagues and world-class PhD programmes. As a Gurdon Institute group leader, you will become part of the largest biomedical research campus in Europe encompassing the University and surrounding Institutes.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

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Please upload your CV, covering letter, publications list, a brief (2-3 page) outline of your future research plans. Applicants should ensure that their named referees can be contacted and provide references within two weeks of the closing date. Informal enquiries are invited and can be directed to any of the Institute's group leaders or to Please quote reference PR28499 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Please quote reference PR28499 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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