Group Leader in Cancer Biology

Group Leader in Cancer Biology

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Group Leader in Cancer Biology

Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute

Salary: £50,132-£58,089 or £59,828-£69,331
Reference: PR17059

The Gurdon Institute is a world-leading centre for research in cell, developmental and cancer biology at the University of Cambridge. Our 16 research groups address mechanisms that underlie development and disease through work in humans, model organisms, organoids and cell systems ( ). We benefit from state-of-the-art facilities through core funding from both Wellcome and Cancer Research UK. Our scientists utilise diverse methods, including super-resolution imaging, single-cell analyses, high-throughput sequencing, and computational analyses and modelling. The Institute provides an exceptional and stimulating environment that promotes collaborative and interdisciplinary research in an inclusive, supportive and modern setting.

We seek to appoint a new group leader in the area of cancer biology. You will complement and expand our existing strengths, from mechanistic studies to developmental processes involved in cancer: maintenance of genomic integrity (Steve Jackson), cancer epigenetics (Tony Kouzarides, Eric Miska), stem cell biology and organoids (Meri Huch, Emma Rawlins, Ben Simons), human germ cell biology, epigenetic resetting and tumours (Azim Surani), brain tumours (Andrea Brand) and regulation of DNA replication and the cell cycle (Philip Zegerman).

This is an ideal opportunity to launch an ambitious research programme as an independent group leader. Candidates will have a PhD, have completed highly successful postdoctoral research, be well underway in establishing themselves as an internationally recognized expert in their field, and have breadth of knowledge across cancer research.

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

You will have full access to all of the Institute’s resources and you will be supported by an exceptional team of core staff. You will also become a faculty member of a Department in the University of Cambridge and are encouraged to join the Cambridge Cancer Centre ( ). The Cambridge Cancer Centre is 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. We anticipate that funding will be available for up to 5 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

Please upload your CV, covering letter, publications list, a brief (2-3 page) outline of your future research plans. Applicants should also ensure that their referees can 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 PR17059 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 30 November 2018

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

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: PR17059