Early career physical science group leaders

Microscope in the Uhlmann lab at the Crick.


We look for innovative engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, chemists and physicists to join the Crick and set up groups to answer ambitious questions in biomedicine.

Applications now closed

Applications for jointly appointed group leaders are closed on 9 January 2020.

Collaborative approaches across biological, clinical and physical sciences are a key part of the Crick. Along with our partner universities (UCL, Imperial College London and King's College London), we're looking to build our community of interdisciplinary researchers by jointly recruiting early career researchers working in physical sciences who are applying their research to biomedicine.

Our package

  • An employment contract with the chosen partner university, with the first six years based at the Crick
  • Competitive salary with benefits, subject to skills and experience. 
  • Salaries and consumables for research group staff
  • Opportunity to expand through external grant funding
  • Access to Crick technology platforms and facilities
  • Lab setup in state-of-the-art laboratory space

This package applies to the duration of the initial six-year 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.

  • 21 November 2019

    Applications open

  • 9 January 2020

    Applications close at midnight GMT

  • 31 January 2020

    Deadline for references to be submitted

  • Early March

    Applicants informed of outcome and shortlisted candidates invited to recruitment seminar

At the end of the initial six years, appointees will transfer their main research base to their university department with the opportunity of an ongoing Crick affiliation. 

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

Any questions?

Get in touch with group-leader-recruitment@crick.ac.uk if you have any informal enquiries about the institute or the application

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How to apply

Applications are submitted through the Crick's academic recruitment system

Applicants are asked for:

  • A complete CV
  • Publication list
  • Current and proposed work
  • Long term research vision
  • Referee details, and
  • Preferred partner university and department.

Role responsibilities



  • Plan, develop and direct an independent research programme of international quality
  • Build collaborations with groups at the Crick, the partner university and beyond to support the research programme
  • Perform research of the highest quality
  • Attract and manage additional funding to support the research programme, to ensure that it will be fully independent from core Crick funding by the end of the six years
  • Recruit and supervise research 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 at the Crick and the partner university


Leadership, citizenship and public engagement

  • Promote and advance the reputation of the Crick and the university with scientists and the public
  • Participate in graduate student and postdoc mentoring programmes
  • Undertake annual reviews of staff, according to the policies of the Crick and the university
  • Contribute to external scientific management bodies, where appropriate
  • Represent the Crick or the university at external meetings
  • Participate in public engagement activities of the Crick and the university
  • Comply with health and safety policies
  • Contribute to scientific and operational administration as required



Education and academic administration

  • Supervise, mentor and train postgraduate students
  • Deliver, plan and organise teaching activities at the host university department
  • Contribute to develop and design of the curriculum
  • Participate in assessment and examination processes
  • Act in administrative roles within and on behalf of the university department

Meet our first cohort

Maxim Molodtsov


I knew that I would be surrounded by interesting and distinguished colleagues and that I would be able to learn from the vibrant science already happening here. 

I found the support for physical scientists who are applying their skills to biomedical research really valuable. It gave me a chance to kick-start my projects which I might not have been offered in other institutions. 

Maxim Molodtsov

Katie Bentley


It’s amazing having such a diverse mix of experts under one roof and I’m really looking forward to collaborating with them on a range of projects. Having science ‘hubs’ on each floor is a fantastic initiative and really helps us streamline our work.

The team in my local hub have been instrumental in helping me set up my lab as have my supportive, lively and friendly fellow scientists who’ve helped me quickly feel at home!

Katie Bentley

Ben Schumann


There's a freedom at the Crick to answer risky, important questions. I can’t predict what will be happening in biology in the next five years but I know that I’ll be in the position to make the most of all the new advances.

I’m also 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.

Ben Schumann

Louise Walport


When I first heard about the Crick I thought it sounded like an amazing place to work, especially with its emphasis on collaborative research and training young researchers. Then the Crick advertised this new scheme for physical scientists applying their research to biological questions.

I thought, that sounds a bit like me! It was slightly before I had planned to be applying for independent positions but it sounded like my dream job so I thought I’d give it a shot – and it worked out!

Louise Walport