Early-Career Group Leader

About us and short summary

The Francis Crick Institute is a new discovery biomedical research institute in central London dedicated to understanding the biology underlying health and disease. We are core-funded by Cancer Research UK, the UK Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.

Explore the Crick’s research interests at https://www.crick.ac.uk/research

Early Career Group Leaders: in all areas of biomedicine including relevant work in the physical sciences.

The Crick research environment:

  • 120 research laboratories
  • Comprehensive Science Technology Platforms core facilities
  • Animal husbandry and imaging
  • 250 graduate students, 400 postdocs

Our package:

  • Initial 6-year contract, renewable once, to total 12 years
  • Salaries and consumables for up to five lab researchers, including graduate students
  • Opportunity to expand through external grant funding
  • Ready access to Crick STPs
  • Full lab setup in state-of-the-art laboratory space
  • Package applies for entire length of contract

Role responsibilities

The role responsibilities below apply to the first six years of the appointment. The balance between and within the three categories specified below will change progressively during the six years. The initial focus of the post-holder will be to establish a research group at the Crick as described under ‘Research’ point 1. The focus will change progressively during the 6 years and include the broader leadership, educational and administrative duties in categories 2 and 3.   

  1. Research
  • Plan, develop and direct an independent research programme of international quality in accordance with the scientific strategy of the Francis Crick Institute
  • Establish internal and external collaborations necessary for success of the research programme
  • Perform research of the highest quality
  • Attract and manage external funding to support the research programme, such that the research programme  can expanded using external funding,by the end of 6 years
  • Recruit and supervise research group 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 programmes of the Crick
  1. Leadership, Citizenship and Public Engagement
  • Contribute to scientific and operational administration as required
  • Work with others to ensure smooth operation of personal and Crick laboratory facilities
  • Participate fully in graduate student and postdoc mentoring programmes
  • Undertake annual reviews of staff, according to the policies of the Crick.
  • Contribute to the external scientific management bodies, where reasonable
  • Represent the Crick at external meetings as appropriate and when requested
  • Comply with the Health and Safety policies and fulfil the safety responsibilities required of a research supervisor
  • Participate and contribute to Public Engagement activities of the Crick as required
  • Promote and advance the reputation of the Crick  with scientists and the public
  1. Education and Academic Administration
  • Supervise, mentor and train postgraduate students

Person specification

  • An advanced degree (PhD or equivalent) in a relevant field
  • Experience of conducting research in the relevant field, 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
  • To have developed a strong and distinctive research vision
  • To have the potential to provide academic leadership

Further information on Early Career Group Leaders including current research interests can be found at:


Apply online at: https://academicrecruitment.crick.ac.uk.

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  • The closing date for applications is Midnight 1st November 2018.
  • Recruitment symposia will be held on: 29th January, 5th February, 13th February and 27th February 2019.
  • All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.