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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.

Studentship information can be found here.

Current vacancies

Research Associate:  Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Eric Miska. We are looking for an outstanding individual to lead a research project to uncover the role of RNA modification in human development, physiology and disease using molecular genetics techniques. Substantial prior experience with RNA biology and developmental biology is essential. We are particularly interested in applicants who have prior experience with the biology of poly(A) binding proteins.

Closing date: 22 March 2018   (Privacy and Data Protection policy) 

DDR pathwaysResearch Assistant required in the laboratory of Professor Steve Jackson. The main lab is based in the Gurdon Institute. The candidate will be part of the satellite lab based at the Sanger Institute, Hinxton, but will be required to attend the main lab for weekly meetings and on other days as required. Core duties will involve stable cell line generation, knockout cell line generation using CRISPR/Cas9 technology, routine tissue culture, cloning and other molecular work, as well as biochemistry, including protein purification.

Closing date: 27 March 2018; note that *applicants may be invited for interview prior to the closing date*   (Privacy and Data Protection policy

Chief Research Laboratory Technician sought to join Prof Azim Surani's Wellcome Trust-funded program for work on early pre- and post-implantation mouse and human development, and the germline. The Research Technician will facilitate and ensure smooth running of the tissue culture facility, maintaining stem cells lines, media preparation and tissue culture reagents, assisting with molecular and cellular analysis of cells and early embryos, and conducting experiments under instruction/independently when protocols are established.

Closing date: 31 March 2018 (Privacy and Data Protection policy

Fig1a Nanog alonePost-doctoral Research Assistant/Associate(s) in early mammalian/ human development and the germline program, to join Professor Azim Surani's group to work on early mammalian model organisms as well as human development, the mechanism of primordial germ cell specification and programming. These posts are suitable for candidates with an interest or expertise in stem cells and skills in the areas of embryology, molecular biology, epigenetics, non-coding RNAs, genome-scale and single cell analysis.

Closing date:  31 March 2018  (Privacy and Data Protection policy)

ashe oct2013Applications are invited for a Bioinformatician (Research Assistant/ Associate) 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. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with other scientists in the lab on biological data generated by the lab's research.

Closing date: 9th April 2018; note that *applicants may be invited for interview prior to the closing date*   (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 and a further quarter are non-British 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.