Research at a microscope

Doctoral clinical fellows


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  • Applications close: 13 November 2018
  • Interviews: 31 January 2019
  • Start date: mid September 2019

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The opportunity for exceptional clinicians to gain a broad and deep interdisciplinary research experience.

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.


We are looking for talented and motivated clinicians who are passionate about research, have a strong academic track record and hold full GMC registration or equivalent.

Applicants for this competitive programme are expected to have:

  • a medical degree
  • previous wet or dry lab research experience
  • a 2:1 degree or higher
  • continuous full General Medical Council (GMC) registration or equivalent
I have found lab research has given me more of an insight into the cancer as a disease. It has also helped me understand more of the science that underlies the therapies we use.
Matthew Fittall, 2016 Crick-CRUK Doctoral Clinical Fellow

Applications from all medical and surgical specialities are welcomed.

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.


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-CRUK fellowships are funded by an Accelerator Award from Cancer Research UK.



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These fellowships bring together scientists and clinicians from the Crick and five clinical PhD programme partners:

The programme

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.

Fellows on the programme are based at the Crick, supervised by a primary supervisor from the Crick, a secondary supervisor from one of the programme partners, with a practising clinician providing additional mentorship.

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.

Application instructions

Information on how to apply will be available in October 2018.