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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  

We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised person with a scientific research background who wants to move into an interesting Project Manager role to support the cutting-edge work of Professor Eric Miska

You will assist the Group Leader with the preparation of reports, manuscripts, grant applications, the monitoring of grant expenditure, promoting the work of the group on social media and liaising with collaborators and sponsors in the absence of the PI.

Closing date: 31st August 2019.      (Privacy and Data Protection policy)


Applications are invited for a full-time Research Project Manager/ Information Scientist to work on projects studying the regulation of neural stem cell behaviour, under the direction of Professor Andrea Brand

The successful candidate will be responsible for the operational oversight of research projects, for monitoring current literature and assisting with the preparation of research manuscripts and grant applications, for liaising with grant funding bodies, for maintaining and updating the lab's website and promoting the lab's research on social media.

Closing date: 31st August 2019.      (Privacy and Data Protection policy)


We are looking for a friendly, flexible and highly organised HR Administrator to join our admin team and to provide support for the Research Grants/HR Coordinator.

The successful candidate will have excellent organisational skills, the ability to act with tact and discretion and will ideally have experience of working in an administration role, in an HR setting. Knowledge of university HR systems would also be an advantage. We are looking for someone who is reliable, calm under pressure, discrete and approachable, and able to keep pace in a busy work environment.

Closing date: 23rd August 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.