Postdoctoral Training Fellow

Postdoctoral Training Fellows are expected to lead their own projects and collaborate within the lab and externally. The ability to work in a team is essential.

Key information

Job reference
From £40,125 per annum, subject to skills and experience
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 01 July 2022
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Postdoctoral Training Fellow – CS Hill Lab

Reporting to: Caroline Hill, Head of Developmental Signalling Laboratory

Contact term: This is a full-time, fixed term (4 years) position on Crick terms and conditions of employment.

This advert has no end date, but will close subject to an appropriate candidate being found.

The Research Group

Dr Hill’s laboratory focuses on cell signalling in early vertebrate development and disease. Details of some research projects currently being undertaken can be seen at:

Our work seeks to understand how TGF-b family signalling pathways function normally in early vertebrate development and in adult untransformed tissue culture cells, and how these signalling pathways are perturbed in disease, in particular in cancer and the Marfan-related syndromes. Work in the Hill laboratory exploits the very powerful combination of early vertebrate developmental systems (primarily zebrafish embryos), together with a variety of model tissue culture systems, and mouse cancer models. The group currently comprises ten people – five postdocs, two PhD students, a clinical fellow, a master’s student, and a senior laboratory research scientist. Three of the lab members use zebrafish embryos as a model system, three are using human and mouse ES cell/iPS cell models, whilst the others are concentrating on deregulated TGF-b family signalling in cancer, primarily using mouse models. The lab uses a very wide range of methodologies including developmental and cell biology, cancer biology, next generation sequencing and computational modelling.

For selected recent publications see:      

The Project

The purpose of this role is to follow up on some exciting recent unpublished results where we have been dissecting the function of TGF-b family signalling in breast and pancreatic cancer. The ultimate aim of this work is to discover how best to target these signalling pathways for therapeutic ends and to determine how to combine anti-TGF-b family signalling therapies with other cancer therapies. We have discovered that manipulation of either the SMAD2/3-dependent or SMAD1/5-dependent TGF-b family signalling pathways strongly impacts the tumour immune microenvironment in both breast and pancreatic cancer. We now want to dissect this in detail, elucidate the underlying mechanisms and determine how we can harness these effects for therapeutic ends.

The project will involve working with mouse models of breast and pancreatic cancer (genetically engineered and orthotopic transplantation models), immunophenotyping, tumour staining and imaging. It may also involve collection and analysis of human samples.

Postdoctoral Training Fellows lead their own projects, contribute to other projects on a collaborative basis (both in the lab and with external collaborators) and may guide PhD students in their research. The ability to work in a team is essential.

Key experience and competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values:

Bold; Imaginative; Open; Dynamic; Collegial


  • PhD in cancer biology or in the final stages of PhD submission
  • Good knowledge and hands on experience of working with mouse models of cancer
  • Technical expertise in mouse genetics, in vivo mouse experiments and tumour analysis
  • Track record of writing papers as evidenced by publications or submitted manuscripts in referred journals
  • Evidence of data presentation at scientific meetings
  • Strong organisational skills and thorough record-keeping
  • Ability to work independently and also in a team


  • Experience in cancer immunology
  • Experience in signal transduction research
  • Experience of working with cancer-associated fibroblasts

About Us

At the Crick, we conduct research at the forefront of biomedical research. We combine rigour with an open and collaborative culture, and are outward-looking, reflecting our status as a partnership of six organisations aiming to pool knowledge, ideas and resources.

We have a wide research portfolio with no divisions or departments, bringing biomedical researchers together with clinicians, physical scientists, and applied scientists from our pharmaceutical partners.

We aim to attract the most talented researchers and support them to tackle innovative research questions. Our science technology platforms provide our researchers with access to state-of-the-art technology and expertise.

We provide an excellent learning environment with dedicated education programmes in public engagement with science, education and personal development, and a postdoc training programme that prepares scientists for leadership roles in science.

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