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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.

Studentship information can be found here. 


Current vacancies 

ashe oct2013There is an opening for a Bioinformatician (Research Assistant/Associate) in the laboratory of Prof Steve Jackson. We wish to recruit a versatile individual to participate in data-driven projects addressing mechanisms by which mutations arise and how they influence cancer cell proliferation and survival.

Closing date: 19th July 2019. (Privacy and Data Protection policy)


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position (Research Associate) to develop computational and modelling-based approaches to study the cell fate behaviour in epithelial tissues. The position, which is supported by a Senior Investigator Award from Wellcome, will be in the research group of Prof Benjamin Simons.

Closing date: 28th June 2019. (Privacy and Data Protection policy


The Institute is looking for a new Research Grants / HR Coordinator to become an integral part of our core administration team, to provide and co-ordinate a comprehensive Research Grants and HR/recruitment service for the Institute.

This wide-ranging role is critical to our core functions and would suit a self-motivated individual who is experienced in working in a multi-faceted team and able to perform effectively with competing requests, and often tight deadlines.

Closing date: 28th June 2019. (Privacy and Data Protection policy


Prof Steve Jackson's lab is looking for a full-time Research Assistant to carry out cell and molecular biology project work under the supervision of an experienced postdoctoral researcher. The project will involve studying mammalian cell responses to DNA damage.  To start 1st August or as soon as possible thereafter.

Closing date: 30th June 2019  (Privacy and Data Protection policy


Fengzhu Xiong research

New group leader Dr Fengzhu Xiong invites applications for a postdoctoral position (Research Assistant/Associate) in his Developmental Mechanics group. The group focuses on studying the cellular and physical mechanisms of morphogenesis in development using quantitative approaches. This position is designed to prepare the candidate for leading her/his independent research group in interdisciplinary developmental biology.   Closing date: 30th June 2019.

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How can postdocs apply for a position?

mzg nov2013Group 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. (Privacy and Data Protection policy)

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 beyond the UK, and a further quarter are from the rest of the world.
  • The Gurdon Institute's own Postdoc Association 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. 


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.