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Early career group leaders


Our 2019 early-career group leader recruitment round has closed. If you have questions about the application process, please get in touch.

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We are seeking creative and innovative individuals working in all areas of biology and biomedicine, including relevant work in the physical sciences, to join our faculty.

The Crick has developed an approach to biomedical scientific training that maximises research excellence, dynamism and multi-disciplinary activity and fulfils our national role by expanding the talent pool for biomedical research across the UK.

Our innovative ‘6+6’ model will support talented group leaders for an initial period of six years, usually followed by another six years, after which they will be equipped to take up senior positions in the UK and elsewhere.

Research areas could include cancer, immunity, infection and human biology. Cardiac and vascular research will be supported by a special initiative from the British Heart Foundation

Our package

  • Competitive salary with benefits, subject to skills and experience. 
  • An initial 6-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 technology platforms and facilities
  • Full lab setup in state-of-the-art laboratory space

This package applies to the duration of the contract and early career group leaders will be based at the Crick in King's Cross in London. We are able to support flexible working, including part-time work schedules, and will support visa applications for successful candidates and their families.

Application deadlines

  • 5 September 2019

    Applications open

  • 10 October 2019

    Applications close at midnight GMT

  • December 2019

    Recruitment seminar symposia

  • January 2020

    Recruitment seminar symposia

  • January - March 2020

    Chalk talk interviews 
    (For those invited back after recruitment seminar)

Person specification

  • An advanced degree (PhD or equivalent) in a relevant field
  • Experience of conducting research in the relevant field and of planning and directing a research programme
  • Ability to communicate well, convey ideas and concepts clearly and effectively, orally and in writing
  • Growing reputation in the field of research demonstrated through publications and conference presentations
  • A strong and distinctive research vision
  • The potential to provide academic leadership

Role responsibilities

The role responsibilities below apply to the first six years of the appointment. The balance between and within the three categories specified below will change progressively during the six years. The initial focus of the post-holder will be to establish a research group at the Crick as described under ‘Research’ point 1. The focus will change progressively during the six years and include the broader leadership, educational and administrative duties in categories 2 and 3.

Role responsibilities



  • Plan, develop and direct an independent research programme of international quality in accordance with the scientific strategy of the Francis Crick Institute
  • Establish internal and external collaborations necessary for success of the research programme
  • Perform research of the highest quality
  • Attract and manage external funding to support the research programme, such that the research programme can be expanded using external funding by the end of six years
  • Recruit and supervise research group staff, and facilitate their career development
  • Manage laboratory resources efficiently and effectively
  • Present findings at national and international conferences, and other venues
  • Actively contribute to the scientific discourse programmes of the Crick


Leadership, citizenship and public engagement

  • Contribute to scientific and operational administration as required
  • Work with others to ensure smooth operation of personal and Crick laboratory facilities
  • Participate fully in graduate student and postdoc mentoring programmes
  • Undertake annual reviews of staff, according to the policies of the Crick.
  • Contribute to the external scientific management bodies, where reasonable
  • Represent the Crick at external meetings as appropriate and when requested
  • Comply with the Health and Safety policies and fulfil the safety responsibilities required of a research supervisor
  • Participate and contribute to public engagement activities of the Crick as required
  • Promote and advance the reputation of the Crick with scientists and the public


Education and academic administration

  • Supervise, mentor and train postgraduate students