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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

Three Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate positions are available in Steve Jackson's lab to work on the DNA-damage response. The research projects will be based on the experimental concepts of genetic enhancement and suppression (aka. synthetic lethality and synthetic viability, respectively). They will involve genome-wide and focused genetic screens in mammalian cells via state-of-the-art CRISPR-Cas9 approaches, followed by validation and mechanistic studies.

Closing date: 7th December 2018 (Privacy and Data Protection policy)


A Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate position in Bioinformatics is available in the research group of Tony Kouzarides. The work involves the study of chromatin and RNA modification pathways and their roles in cell biology and cancer. The applicant's roles and duties will range from collaborative bioinformatics support for the group, to leading autonomous research projects.

Closing date: 31st December 2018 (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.