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

Bioinformatician (Research Assistant/Associate) needed in the laboratory of Professor Steve Jackson, to participate in data-driven projects addressing mechanisms by which genome mutations arise and how they influence cell proliferation and survival in response to DNA damaging agents and other stresses. Funding for 2 years in the first instance. Closing date: 19 June 2017.

Collin Oct 2013Media-Glass Washing Assistant (Maternity Cover). Join our conscientious technical support team at the Gurdon Institute, helping to provide glass washing support and preparing media for the research groups. This job involves collecting up, washing and sterilising re-usable glass and plasticware (using glass washing equipment and autoclaves) and returning them to the communal storage areas, and some media preparation. Closing date: 29 May 2017.

Rawlins FGFR1Research Assistant/Associate sought to join Emma Rawlins' group to work on the regulation of human lung development with the long-term aim of developing strategies for regenerative medicine. The research will combine the application of single-cell techniques to human embryonic lungs with the in vitro genetic analysis of mechanisms using our organoid system. Closing date: 15 June 2017.

Advanced Research Assistant: This post on Genetic Screens in Dementia will be based in Rick Livesey's group, and forms part of the Open Targets translational initiative.  This is a collaborative project combining human stem cell systems and CRISPR screens to understand the fundamental biology of dementia. Fixed term for 3 years. Closing date: 11 June 2017, but note that applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline. 

Carazo Salas Sep 2013Business and Operations Manager: We are looking for a talented manager with skills across the board in finance, HR, grant applications and resource management. Flexible, responsive, problem-solving, decision-making team player required! Further particulars available at the link; apply through the University website. Closing date: 24 May 2017.


How can postdocs apply for a position?

Group leaders are always keen to hear from talented scientists with an interest in Cancer and Developmental Biology.  Enquiries can be made direct to Group Leaders.

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

Benefits of the Gurdon Institute for postdocs:

  • We value diversity and inclusivity; around half the Institute staff are from the EU and a further quarter are non-British from the rest of the world.
  • The Gurdon Institute's own Postdoc Association (GIPA) brings people together across the Institute socially and runs a seminar series, career paths workshops and annual one-day retreat.
  • Cambridge is a thriving city and the University sits at the heart of one of the world's largest technology clusters, including the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
  • The Cambridge Colleges offer opportunities to secure paid supervising roles and other associations leading to dining rights and small stipends.
  • The University's Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has many further resources regarding life as a Cambridge postdoc. 


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 CR UK Cambridge 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 


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.