CRUK Beatson Institute for Cancer Research

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Prof Robert Insall

Starting Salary from £31,604 to £41,929 (Depending on experience) plus relocation allowance where appropriate. Initial 3 year fixed term contract.

Would you like to develop your scientific career in a research institute that is founded on the quality of its people, acknowledged for its collaborative environment and designed to promote the development of the most outstanding and dedicated scientists? Many early career researchers have already made that decision and at present over 100 of them are now benefiting from our excellent training programme.

The Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute supports cutting edge research into the molecular mechanisms of cancer development and is one of the leading research institutes in Europe. The Institute provides an outstanding research environment, underpinned by state-of-the-art core services and advanced technologies, with special emphasis on imaging, metabolomics, and in vivo models.

Our innovative and ambitious research themes focus on understanding the regulation of the tumour microenvironment and cancer metabolism, in particular:

• Intrinsic cancer cell vulnerabilities
• Interplay between the tumour microenvironment, metastasis and recurrence
• Biology of early disease, aimed at developing a ‘Precision Prevention’ approach

The Cell Migration and Chemotaxis group explore the mechanisms behind cancer metastasis and the signals that steer cells to migrate away from tumours. We are particularly interested in understanding the detailed signalling environment around tumours and other groups of cells. We collaborate with physicists, engineers and mathematicians in this multidisciplinary project to study cell migration and invasion in a 3D environment. We will use advanced imaging methods such as optogenetics and FRET-FLIM to determine how cells alter and shape the signals they receive in complex environments. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be a part of a multidisciplinary team involved in design and use of advanced imaging microscopes for study and manipulation of multicellular systems.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field, be ambitious and be driven by scientific curiosity. Existing skills in technical microscopy and molecular biology are desired. A knowledge of or interest in cancer metastasis, G-protein signalling and serpentine receptors is essential. Training will be provided in all areas.

To find out more about this unique opportunity to establish advanced skills and expertise in this exciting field please contact: Professor Robert Insall,

The Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute is committed to increase the number of female scientists at this level and encourages female applicants to apply. We have recently introduced a highly attractive maternity policy which provides 12-18 months support and funding for postdocs wishing to take time off to spend with their children.

All applications must be made via our website at

Closing date for applications is 30th August 2019

Please apply via recruiter’s website.