Create future science leaders

Researcher in the Crick lab

Researcher in the Crick lab

The Crick has developed an approach to biomedical scientific training and recruitment that reflects our commitment to research excellence, dynamism and multidisciplinary activity. Our career structure is unusual, with the majority of group leaders remaining at the institute for no more than 12 years before being supported to find scientific leadership positions elsewhere, with a strong emphasis on UK institutions.

This process helps the Crick to fulfil its national role by expanding the talent pool for biomedical science across the UK. This dynamic career structure and the associated staff turnover will allow the introduction of fresh knowledge and ideas to drive the development and renewal of our scientific programmes.

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Career structure

Supporting the development of excellent scientists, from established group leaders to those embarking on their research careers, is central to the Crick's mission and an important aspect of our role as a national institute.

Our approach to career development balances the need for continuity of research leadership with a regular flow of new talent to challenge existing ideas and practices and drive the continual refreshment and evolution of the Crick's research programmes.

Most of our group leaders are scientists in early or mid-career and run research groups of medium size - in general six to 12 people. This promotes a culture of collaborative research by group leaders and ensures effective use of resources.

The majority are enrolled in the Investigator programme, which will have two types of appointment.

The Crick Assistant/Associate Investigator programme supports talented early career researchers to reach their full potential by providing stable funding, access to excellent facilities, career mentoring by experienced senior scientists and the opportunity to interact with distinguished colleagues. These 12-year appointments allow ambitious long-term projects to be undertaken.

Crick Senior Investigators are distinguished scientists and clinician scientists who are international leaders in their field. They are appointed on an open-term basis, and in the longer term will make up about one third of the group leaders. They are recruited in open international competition and conduct ambitious long-term research programmes of strategic importance to the Crick and to UK science.

For in-depth information, download our booklet Discovery without boundaries [PDF].

  • The Crick's dynamic career structure supports the development of world-class researchers.
  • It offers superb opportunities for outstanding scientists from different disciplines and at all career stages to develop themselves and their research.
  • Comprehensive training programmes allow graduate students, clinical fellows and postdoctoral fellows to develop their potential while contributing to the success of the institute.