Group leader's collaborating at the Crick.


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

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We recruit group leaders in all areas of biomedicine including physical and clinical sciences.

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.

Career structure

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.

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.

Why join us

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.

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

We also 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.

Featured early-career group leaders

Lucia Prieto-Godino, Group Leader

Lucia Prieto-Godino

“I feel so fortunate to be part of such an amazing and welcoming community of neuroscientists and Drosophila researchers. I found the lab organisation a bit disorienting at first. Now I feel that it's brilliant because it enables me to interact with lots of different people on a daily basis.”

Pontus Skoglund

Pontus Skoglund

"I didn’t really know what to expect from the Crick when I applied. The location and the strategy were both attractive, not only to me, but also because I thought it would also be attractive to others, and so would help me recruit the best people for my lab."

Silvia Santos

Silvia Santos 

“I’m really excited to be at the Crick and I look forward to developing my lab and making the most of all the cutting-edge technology and supportive teams that are here.”


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. 

Clinical group leaders

A core part of the Crick is our community of medical researchers. Once a year we run a joint recruitment of early-career clinical group leaders with our partner universities, Imperial College London, King's College London and UCL.

The role is focused on clinician scientists who have completed general and/or specialist training in accordance with the requirements of the GMC or have equivalent national medical registration outside the UK, and who wish to set up an independent research programme at the Crick linked to a related department at Imperial, King’s or UCL.

Crick clinical group leaders will be appointed to the university department, but establish their main research base at the Crick.