Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How do I apply?

To view current vacancies, visit our vacancies page.

Our Research Group Leaders also welcome enquiries throughout the year, from motivated and outstanding prospective PTFs committed to a scientific career. To make an informal enquiry please email the Group Leader(s) that you are interested in directly with a cover letter and CV.

You can find out more about their research by looking at the individual Research Group web pages.

How long are Crick PTFs appointed for?

Postdoctoral Training Fellowships are tenable for four years. Occasionally, shorter fellowships may be awarded for example when supported by external funding for a specific shorter-term project.

How are CRICK PTFs funded?

Most Crick PTFs are funded by the Francis Crick Institute. In addition, many of our PTFs successfully apply for external fellowships from other organisations such as  EMBO, the  Human Frontier Science Program, the  Wellcome Trust FEBS and the EU via  Marie Curie Fellowships.Finally, some PTFs are supported by external grants awarded directly to their Research Group Leader.  Group Leaders will discuss funding with you during the selection process.

I am not from the UK, am I eligible to apply?

Yes, the Crick welcomes applications from outside the UK. The Crick has an international culture and the Postdoc community contributes to this diversity.

How much will I be paid?

Crick PTF salaries are competitive and include pension benefits. The salary scale starts at £33,500. 

Is health insurance provided?

While you are working in the UK access to the National Health Service is free at the point of service, except for prescriptions and dental care. You make contributions to the National Health Service through your salary on a monthly basis. Visit for more information.