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Doctoral clinical fellows

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


Applications are now open

Find out more about the projects available and read our guidance for applicants.

The deadline for applications is 12:00 midday (GMT) on Thursday 12 November 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.


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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 2021 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).

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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.

Funding for our 2021 fellowships is available via the following routes:


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


Before beginning an application you should read:

Applications must be submitted through our recruitment system.

  • You must complete all required sections of the application form in full.
  • Your application must be submitted by the deadline: 12 noon (GMT), Thursday 12 November 2020.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • References should be received by Thursday 19 November 2020. Your application may still be considered if references are not received by this deadline. However, no applicant will be invited to interview unless references have been received.

Recruitment and coronavirus

The safety of our candidates and of our staff in the Crick is of paramount importance. We will be keeping the coronavirus situation under review, and will adjust our recruitment processes as required. If necessary, interviews will take place remotely via Zoom.

After the reference deadline, your application will be available to the following people:

  • members of the Crick’s Academic Training Team (junior researchers) and the Crick’s senior clinical management team for the purposes of checking eligibility;
  • all recruiting supervisors, and also, potentially, relevant members of their groups for the purposes of shortlisting.

Shortlisted candidates’ applications may also be available to the following people:

  • members of the Crick’s clinical steering committee for the purposes of final shortlisting;
  • relevant funding partners for the purposes of checking eligibility for funding.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 4 January 2021. 
Candidates on the final shortlist will be invited to an interview day (whole day) at the Crick, taking place on Thursday 28 January 2021.
During the interview day, candidates will get the chance to meet members of the supervisory teams that shortlisted them, learn more about the Crick’s doctoral clinical fellow programme, talk to some current fellows, attend a tour of the Crick and have a formal panel interview. 

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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