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The Gurdon Institute offers a world-class environment for research in Developmental, Cell and Cancer Biology, currently hosting sixteen independent research groups

Come and join us

Our research is world-leading and highly regarded, we have excellent facilities and our friendly culture enables you to become 'part of the family'.

The Institute also benefits from a comprehensive support infrastructure including administration, purchasing, accounting, IT support, media preparation, glasswashing and animal husbandry, enabling scientists to concentrate on research work.

Current vacancies

Research Assistant, Full time. The project will include the use of human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to study human brain development and disease, with a major focus on cerebellar ataxias. Jackson group, closes 19 February



What are the opportunities for postgraduates?

We welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students. We have a thriving population of graduates who contribute greatly to both the stimulating research environment and the life of the Institute as a whole. Graduates also become members of the University biological or medical sciences department to which their group is affiliated.

Graduate studentships are supported from various public and private sources. The Wellcome Trust finances a number of schemes in the University, including one in Developmental Mechanisms and one in stem cells. The Cambridge Cancer Centre also provides studentships.

Students benefit from links to the University and Colleges.

Applicants should write to the leader of the group they wish to join (get in touch by email at 

How can postdocs apply for a position?

We advertise positions for postdocs through the University’s website at and also on

Group leaders are also happy to be contacted directly by motivated researchers wishing to develop their careers in the relevant field.

Our postdocs benefit from the Gurdon Institute's own Postdoc Association (GIPA), which runs a seminar series, career paths workshops and annual one-day retreat. The University's Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has many further resources regarding life as a Cambridge postdoc. 

Where do our alumni go?

We have some numbers on the roles taken up by over 500 alumni on our History & Alumni overview and a map that shows where we have created over 200 Group Leaders around the world.