Group leader's collaborating at the Crick.


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

Group leaders

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.

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 vacancies portal

Clinical group leaders

Rupert Beale

Meet our newest clinical group leader, Rupert Beale.

Read the interview

A core part of the Crick is our community of medical researchers. Crick clinical group leaders will be appointed to the university department, but establish their main research base at the Crick.

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.

Early career 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.

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

We also offer:

  • An initial six-year contract, renewable to a total of 12 years
  • Salaries and consumables for up to five researchers, including graduate students
  • Opportunity to expand through external grant funding
  • Ready access to Crick platforms and facilities
  • Full lab setup in state-of-the-art laboratory space

Featured early-career group leaders

Flor Iacaruso

Flor Iacaruso

"It’s hard to imagine a better research environment for a first leadership position. The support I’ve received so far has been amazing and I think being here will have a great impact on my research, particularly the scale of ambition. Some of the experiments I have planned would be called unrealistic anywhere else."

Louise Walport

Louise Walport

"Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in all the ‘side bits’ of a research career. But, ultimately, every day I get to wake up knowing I’m working towards discovering something new, something that might contribute to our understanding of human health and disease, and that’s a pretty nice thing to be able to do."

Ben Schumann

Ben Schumann

“I’m looking forward to seeing the members of my group succeeding. If a student has a successful result, I’m usually just as excited as they are. I’m looking forward to supporting my group members when things go wrong and helping them to steer their projects."