Postdoctoral clinical fellows

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Find out more about research opportunities for clinical postdoctoral fellows in our research groups.

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Postdoctoral career development fellowships provide an opportunity for exceptional postdoctoral clinicians to consolidate their research experience.

Postdoctoral clinicians may apply for Crick funding to spend one year full-time or two years part-time working in a Crick research group, on a project agreed between the fellow and the Crick group leader.

The scheme aims to:


Applications for the Crick fully-funded fellowships (route 1) will open in March 2024.

Applications from candidates with funding for their own salary support (route 2) are welcome at any time. 


How to apply

•    Foster long-term clinical links and collaborations.
•    Provide clinicians with a postdoctoral extension of their research experience, and with scientific networking, training and career development opportunities at the Crick.
•    Provide a platform from which fellows may apply for external funding such as clinician scientist fellowships, to be held at the Crick or elsewhere.

Fellows with their own salary funded via NIHR, their university/hospital trust appointment, or other external funding schemes may also apply to be hosted within a Crick research group.


We are looking for talented and motivated postdoctoral clinicians who are passionate about research and show outstanding potential for continuing a career in academic medicine and research.

At the time of application, candidates for this competitive programme are expected to:

  • hold a research PhD or be in the final stages of PhD thesis submission;
  • hold a medical, dental or veterinary degree, or related clinical degree;
  • have held a clinical, dental or veterinary post following degree qualification;
  • hold General Medical Council (GMC) registration or equivalent registration (eg GDC registration, RVCS registration, equivalent national registration outside the UK);
  • have previous wet or dry lab research experience.

Applications are welcome from all medical and surgical specialties.


Postdoctoral clinical fellows at the Crick are embedded in a vibrant multidisciplinary research community of more than 1000 scientists carrying out research to improve our understanding of health and disease.

Fellows benefit from clinical academic networking opportunities, and an extensive seminar programme including Crick lectures, interest group seminars and symposia. They also have access to comprehensive training and career development activities including technical training via our science technology platforms, science communication and grant writing.

Application routes

There are two application routes:

Route 1 dates

  • 4 March 2024

    Applications open

  • 30 April 2024

    Application deadline (5pm GMT). 

  • 7 May 2024

    Reference deadline

  • By 7 June 2024

    Shortlisted candidates invited to interview

  • 27 June 2024


Route 1 is for fellows to be considered for a Crick fully-funded postdoctoral career development fellowship for clinicians.

A limited number of fellowships fully funded by the Crick are available each year. Application dates for route 1 fellowships are listed below. However, candidates are advised to contact our research group leaders before applications open to make enquiries and discuss their application.

Short-listed candidates are invited to a panel interview with selected Crick faculty. During the interview, candidates are asked to give a short presentation on their previous research and on their intended project.

Successful candidates receive a salary commensurate with their current experience/stage of training (up to but not including NHS consultant level).

Route 2 is for fellows with other sources of funding (such as personal fellowships/external funding).

Applicants can submit applications for route 2 at any time. Selected Crick faculty will review candidate applications, including proposed project description and references.

Note that PhD qualified clinicians may also consider applying for our non-clinical postdoc programme and positions. Find out more.

How to apply

How to apply

Download and complete our application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. Please email the following documents to

  1. the completed application form,
  2. the equal opportunities monitoring form, and
  3. a recent CV. 

Applicants are asked to contact their proposed group leader host(s) to make enquiries and discuss their application prior to submitting their application. Note the application and reference deadlines if you are applying for route 1.

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