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Clinician scientist group leaders

The Francis Crick Institute
Central London
Competitive with benefits, subject to skills and experience
Closing date
Oct 5, 2023

Clinician scientist group leaders – The Francis Crick Institute

We are looking for clinician scientists from all specialities to join the Crick community.

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.

Our research spans the scales from genes, systems and evolution, through molecules and cells, to tissues and organismal biology. Aiming to generate insights into human biology in health and disease, our programmes use interdisciplinary approaches and diverse model systems to address issues in areas that include but are not limited to:

  • infections and immunity
  • cancer
  • neural systems
  • repair, degeneration and ageing
  • physiology and homeostasis
  • and cardiac and vascular biology (special initiative supported by the BHF)

Details of our research portfolio are at

Crick clinician scientist group leaders

Crick clinician scientist group leaders (CSGLs) develop internationally competitive research programmes in biomedical research and build their research profile, in their specialist area and the wider international research community. Crick CSGLs receive a core support package which we expect them to build on by attracting external response-mode funding, Our CSGLs contribute to scientific and operational administration at the Crick, working with colleagues in the Crick's graduate student and postdoc mentoring programmes, and represent the Crick at external meetings and scientific bodies. CSGLs contribute to the Crick's public engagement and fundraising activities.

Crick clinician scientist group leaders will:

  • Have completed general and/or specialist training in accordance with GMC requirements (or have equivalent national medical registration outside the UK)
  • Set up an independent research programme based at the Crick and linked to a UK university/hospital
  • Contribute to general scientific and medical discourse at the Crick
  • Maintain a licence to practise in accordance with GMC regulation
  • Promote and advance the reputation of the Crick and the partner University with clinicians, scientists and the public

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, up to 20% (2 clinical sessions per week) of time can be spent on clinical work. Additional clinical work will require agreement and bespoke co-funding with the partner University and associated NHS Trust.  

The clinician scientist group leader support package

This package applies for the full duration of the contract. It includes:

  • Competitive salary with benefits and relocation assistance
  • 12-year contract (subject to review at 6 years)
  • Salaries and research costs for up to three researchers and two graduate students
  • Opportunity to expand through external grant funding
  • Close links to our partner universities - UCL, Imperial College London and King's College London
  • Access to Crick technology platforms and facilities, including our cutting-edge high performance computing infrastructure
  • Full lab set-up in state-of-the-art space

Person specification

  • An advanced degree (PhD or equivalent) and experience conducting research 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)

How to apply

Applications should be made through our academic recruitment system before 23:59 GMT on Thursday 05 October 2023.

You will need:

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

Successful applicants will be invited to the Crick for recruitment seminars Dec ‘23 - Feb ‘24

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.

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