Researcher in Biology
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Join us at the world-leading CRUK Cambridge Institute. We're a unique department of the University of Cambridge, core funded by Cancer Research UK's charitable activities, and we're eagerly searching for our new Junior Group Leader.

The primary role of this position is to develop and lead a translational research team focussed on: a) the understanding an area of cancer biology and/or b) the development of new therapies for these devastating diseases.

For this position, we seek a Junior Group Leader to work in the computational biology field, leading the study of cancer using mathematical models. Previously successful candidates in this area have pursued causal modelling of molecular data, analysis of spatial genomics data, and deep learning on pathology images. We're looking to nurture and support an early-career leader with a strong and exciting vision to pursue their new idea. Though we are open to applications in all areas of cancer discovery research, we do focus mainly on solid cancers. We would especially welcome applications that complement the interests of our faculty, establish new connections to strong clinical programs in Cambridge (e.g., urological malignancies, children's and young people's cancers, lung cancers), or in emerging areas, such as the use of AI/ML in cancer discovery research.

The diverse composition of our faculty evidences our strong track-record of scientists transposing skills garnered in other areas, to cancer research. Among these, we boast leaders in chemistry, physics, veterinary medicine, and virtual reality, alongside practicing clinicians. We particularly welcome candidates who can bring a fresh perspective to their field by applying expertise gained in other areas of scientific research. Presently we have 18 Group Leaders plus 8 additional Affiliated Clinical Faculty.

The post holder will be expected to lead a world-leading independent research programme that contributes to the overall goals of the CRUK Cambridge Institute. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, establishing a strong track record of high impact research papers, providing academic training and supervision for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, establishing research collaborations, presenting research outcomes to international audiences, applying for grant funding, and managing the group budget and resources.

The Cambridge Institute is one of four Institutes Core-Funded by CRUK. This means that they provide a block grant each year that enables us to maintain world-class research support facilities. Unlike traditional start-up packages, core funding is provided to every group leader as long as they hold their position in the institute. This post carries a significant package of support for 5 years in the first instance.

Appointments will be at the University level of Senior Research Associate (£45,585- £57,696). The position of Junior Group Leader in the CRUK Cambridge institute is roughly equivalent to an Assistant Professor in North American Universities. Pending successful review, funding for the position can be extended to allow application for promotion to Senior Group Leader.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

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Please quote reference SW38822 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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