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 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.
- 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.
“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.”
"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."
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.