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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 

Our new Director Julie Ahringer is looking for a PA/Laboratory Administrator. 

This crucial role provides a link between the Director and other staff in the Institute, as well as with the wider University community and both national and international contacts. The post also supports the Business and Operations Manager and will be varied and interesting.

You will be a highly motivated, experienced PA with excellent interpersonal and IT skills, an eye for detail, and a "can do" attitude. Strong oral and written communication skills, organisational capabilities, ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines are also important. You will develop effective and efficient ways of working with the new Director to organise all aspects of her work including diary management and travel. You will also prepare material for meetings, undertake correspondence and act as secretary to key meetings, producing reports for a varied audience - sometimes Institute wide, sometimes for senior and academic staff.

Find more information and application portal online.

Closing date: 23 April 2019  (Privacy and Data Protection policy)



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.