Clinician Scientist Group Leader

The Francis Crick Institute
Central London
Competitive, with benefits
Closing date
Oct 27, 2022

The Crick is one of Europe’s largest biomedical research institutes. By breaking down barriers between departments and disciplines, we are accelerating the discovery of fundamental biology processes behind health and disease.

Central to our mission is developing collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches encompassing  clinical, biological and physical sciences.

As the Crick seeks to implement our second strategic plan, Discovery Without Boundaries 2021, we aim to enhance our focus on human biology and human disease.

We are looking to recruit clinician scientists who:

  • have completed general and/or specialist training in accordance with GMC requirements (or have equivalent national medical registration outside the UK)
  • wish to set up an independent research programme based at the Crick and linked to a clinical department at one of our partner universities (Imperial College London, King’s College London or UCL)

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.


This is primarily a research position aiming to deliver the Crick’s mission of ‘Discovery without Boundaries.’ As such there is no limit on the field of interest beyond its broad alignment with biomedical discovery. It is anticipated that the post holder will:

  • 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

One aim of this initiative is to develop the medical perspective of discovery science at the Crick. In line with this it is anticipated that the post holder will:

  • 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

(Note that 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. Beyond this, additional clinical work will require agreement and bespoke co-funding with the partner University and associated NHS Trust).    

Education, Leadership, 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

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
  • Ability to communicate well, convey ideas and concepts clearly and effectively
  • 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

Recruitment Package

The Crick offers a competitive package including:

  • Full personal salary costs for a 6-year period. This can be renewed up to a maximum of 12 years following successful review. A competitive salary allows the Group leaders protected time to fully concentrate on their research, training and development. GLs may undertake a maximum of two clinical sessions a week.
  • Salaries and consumables for up to five people, including graduate students. Research groups will have the opportunity to expand based on external grants.
  • Fully equipped laboratory space for a team of up to 5 researchers. Further space for up to 6 researchers may be allocated on award of external funding.
  • Expenses, travel costs and capital equipment appropriate for the research project.
  • Access to its core-funded state-of-the-art science technology platforms ( ).

How to apply

Applicants should have experience conducting research in a relevant field, and an advanced degree (PhD or equivalent).

You will need:

  • Full academic CV
  • Publications list
  • Details of past research (~500 words)
  • Future research plans (~1000 words)
  • Two or more academic references

Applications should be made through our academic recruitment system ( before 23:59 GMT on 27 October 2022.

Further information on early career group leaders and their current research interests can be found at:

Informal enquiries about the Francis Crick Institute or the application procedure can be made through:

We are able to support flexible working, including part-time work schedules, and will support visa applications for successful candidates and their families.

We believe diversity is integral to scientific excellence. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with backgrounds that are currently under-represented in science.

Successful applicants will be invited to the Crick for recruitment seminar symposia to be held in December 2022 – February 2023.


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