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Clinical group leaders

We're looking for clinician scientists from all specialities to establish a group at the Crick.


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A core part of the Crick is our community of medical researchers. Applications are now open for innovative clinicians to join the Crick's faculty and set up a programme of research. Crick clinical group leaders are appointed to a department at one of our partner universities (Imperial College London, King's College London and UCL), but establish their main research base at the Crick.

Our package

All you need to bring to the Crick is a good idea. We'll provide the technology, funding and colleagues to turn that idea into research that changes lives.
Peter Ratcliffe, Director of Clinical Research and 2019 Nobel Laureate
  • A competitive salary
  • Salaries and consumables for up to five lab members, 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

Successful candidates will receive funding to establish their research base at the Crick for an initial six years, renewable subject to satisfactory review to a total of 12 years. Up to 20% of time can be spent on clinical work.

Person specification

  • A higher degree (PhD or equivalent) in a relevant field
  • A medical degree and GMC licence to practice medicine
  • Certificate of completion of general and specialist medicine training (GMC or equivalent) 
  • Successful experience in planning and directing an established research programme
  • The ability to communicate well, convey ideas and concepts clearly and effectively
  • 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

Applications are now open

Applications should be submitted through our academic recruitment system before 5 November 2020.

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Application timeline

  • 24 September 2020

    Applications open

  • 5 November 2020

    Applications close at midnight GMT

  • December 2020/ January 2021

    Recruitment research seminars

  • January/February 2021

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

Role responsibilities



  • Plan, develop and direct an independent research programme of the highest quality
  • Recruit and supervise research staff and facilitate their career development
  • Manage laboratory resources efficiently and effectively
  • Compete successfully for external research funding (though the Crick will provide substantial support from its core resources, it is anticipated the Crick clinician scientists will build on this through applications to external funding bodies)
  • Build collaborative research programmes with investigators at the Crick, the partner university and beyond


Clinical medicine

  • Actively contribute to general scientific discourse at the Crick, particularly as it relates to clinical medicine
  • Maintain a licence to practice in accordance with GMC regulations 

There is no specific stipulation as to the extent of clinical activity and it is understood that this may vary with speciality and research field. However within the basic funding structure this should not exceed 8 hours per week. 


Education, leadership and citizenship

  • Participate fully in mentoring and career development particularly in relation to clinicians undergoing research training 
  • Participate in development of operational structures that enhance medicine at the Crick
  • Promote and advance the reputation of the Crick and the partner university with clinicians, scientists and the public
  • Participate and contribute to public engagement activities of the Crick and the university as required
  • Comply with the health and safety policies and fulfil the safety responsibilities required of a research supervisor

Rupert and Samra

Samra Turajlic

Samra Turajlic


There’s an amazing spirit of collaboration at the Crick and we’re planning on collaborating really widely across the building.

Through being at both the Crick and the Royal Marsden, I’m able to combine amazing basic science with clinical colleagues who are the best in their field, along with the wide range of clinical trials that we run on my on my clinical unit. We need to make sure that we're learning as much as possible from every patient by joining forces and working closely together.

Read more about Samra's plans for collaborating at the Crick.

Rupert Beale

Rupert Beale


Even without the great building and facilities, the environment for what I want to do is second to none here. There are so many groups working on autophagy, immunity and influenza biology, and I’m right in the middle of that Venn diagram. 

I also want my research to be driven as much as possible by biological questions rather than availability of technology. This environment really lets you explore that fully.

Hear about Rupert's experience of setting up his lab.