Group leader Caroline Hill with postdoc Andrew Economou


Our faculty is made up of our research group leaders and the heads of our core technology facilities, which we call science technology platforms (STPs).


Group leaders

Our group leaders oversee our research groups. They lead research programmes, train and mentor their researchers and contribute to the environment of scientific discourse and collaboration that lies at the heart of the Crick's mission.

Many of our group leaders are early or mid-career and run research groups of around six to 12 people.

Our career structure is unusual, with the majority of group leaders working at the institute for no more than 12 years before being supported to find scientific leadership positions elsewhere, preferably in a UK institution.

This structure helps us to fulfil our national role by expanding the talent pool for biomedical science across the UK. And the flow of group leaders through the institute brings in fresh knowledge and ideas to drive the success of our scientific programmes.

Group leader recruitment


We recruit group leaders only at specific times in the year. Check back for updates. 


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We want to contribute to creating the science leaders of tomorrow. We recruit early-career group leaders to come to the Crick to set up their very first research group.

We're interested in receiving applications from people with a PhD and postdoc experience who want to address important biological questions in our creative and collaborative environment.

We offer:

  • a six-year contract, renewable once for a total of 12 years.
  • fully equipped laboratory space.
  • ready access to our core-funded state-of-the-art science technology platforms.
  • salaries and consumables for up to five people, including graduate students.
  • the opportunity to expand based on external grants.

During their time at the Crick, early-career group leaders are mentored and supported to develop a world-class research programme.


STP heads

Our science technology platforms (STPs) provide researchers with access to expertise, advice and state-of-the-art equipment in a range of areas. STP heads manage the day-to-day running of their STP and teams of STP staff. They work closely with group leaders and other heads to ensure that their platform remains cutting edge and delivers for researchers.

STP head recruitment

Recruitment of STP heads occurs when the need arises and is carried out through our current vacancies listing.