Research at a microscope

Doctoral clinical fellows

We look for exceptional clinicians to gain a broad and deep interdisciplinary research experience.


Applications now closed

Applications for the 2021 doctoral clinical fellow programme will open in early October 2020.

Fellows carry out exciting research projects for three years while following the Crick's clinical PhD programme, which is a three-year version of our PhD programme.


EU nationals

We welcome applications from EU nationals. Read the Crick statement on the outcome of the EU referendum.

We are looking for talented and motivated clinicians who are passionate about research, have a strong academic track record and have the potential to pursue a career as an academic clinician.  

Applicants for this competitive programme are expected to have:

  • a medical, dental or veterinary degree (awarded by summer 2020 at the latest),
  • previous wet or dry lab research experience (desirable), and
  • continuous full General Medical Council (GMC) registration or equivalent (eg GDC registration, RVCS registration, equivalent national registration outside the UK).

Views from fellows

Meet some of our doctoral clinical fellows and hear about their work at the Crick. 

Hear from the fellows

Applications are welcomed from:

  • candidates from all medical and surgical specialties
  • candidates with a background in dentistry
  • candidates with a background in veterinary medicine 

Applicants should be in a training position (not necessarily with a training number). Candidates at consultant grade will not be considered.

These are full time research positions with limited participation in clinical activities.

Funding & partners


The positions are fully funded for three years. Successful candidates will receive a salary commensurate with their current experience, paid on the clinical academic scale.


The Crick’s clinical PhD programme is run in collaboration with five institutions:

The programme

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Clinical PhD trainees at the Crick thrive in an academic environment underpinned by world-class technical expertise in areas ranging from computational biology and genomics to cell and structural biology and imaging. This provides a firm foundation for clinicians with future academic career paths in mind.

They follow, or have access to, a three-year version of the Crick's PhD programme, which provides extensive scientific and general skills training and clinical mentoring.

As the fellows are enrolled in a full time PhD programme, there is limited participation in clinical activities.

Lesley Sheach quote

Lesley Sheach

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Crick and have received incredible support and guidance from the education team, my supervisor and thesis committee over the past 3 years. I can’t imagine a better environment in which to work and undertake a PhD and I will miss it greatly.

Lesley Sheach, 2016 Crick-CRUK doctoral clinical fellow, Way Lab


Applications should be submitted through our online recruitment system when recruitment opens in early October 2020, and must be submitted by the application deadline.

Key dates

1 October 2020

Applications open

12 November 2020

Application deadline (12 noon GMT)

19 November 2020

Deadline for referees to submit references

By 4 January 2021

Shortlisted candidates invited to interview

28 January 2021

Interviews at the Crick (whole day)

Mid-September 2021

Programme start

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