Postdoctoral Training Fellow

The Francis Crick Institute
Competitive with benefits, subject to skills and experience
01 Sep 2017
29 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


The Francis Crick Institute is a new research institute with an international reputation for cutting edge research into basic biology and are committed to training the next generation of research scientists. The Four-Year Postdoctoral Training programme is part of this commitment and many postdocs leave to set up their own research groups. Postdocs also benefit from living and working in one of the world's greatest scientific, cultural and cosmopolitan capital.


Dr Boulton's laboratory focuses on the mechanisms of DSB repair. He is seeking a talented and motivated postdoc with prior expertise in recombination biochemistry with a strong background in genetics.


These include but not limited to;

  • Investigating research questions and developing specific research project(s) under guidance from Group Leader
  • Providing specialist advice and guidance, sharing knowledge and expertise for the benefit of others
  • Providing significant contribution to the production of research papers for publication, presenting findings to group members and other internal audiences
  • Presenting work externally at international meetings
  • Authoring papers under guidance from Group Leader
  • Following Postdoctoral Training programme
  • Developing academic independence
  • Improving established protocols and/or develops new protocols
  • May be required to guide others


The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King's College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a brand new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; to developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; to public engagement; and to helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy.


The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Imaginative, Open, Dynamic and Collegial, in addition to the following:


  • PhD in the area of DNA repair/homologous recombination or in the final stages of PhD submission
  • Ability to define and solve research questions
  • Pro-active in innovation and problem solving
  • Track record of writing papers as evidenced by publications or submitted manuscripts in referred journals
  • Proven experience of data presentation at scientific meetings
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision using own initiative to organise and prioritise own work
  • Ability to work well in a team is essential including willingness to share knowledge and expertise for the benefit of others
  • Ability to contribute to other projects on a collaborative basis both in the lab and with external collaborators
  • Potential to guide PhD students in their research
  • Technical expertise in protein biochemistry / in depth knowledge of the recombination field and a proven track record in genetics.

Postdoctoral Training Fellows are expected to lead their own projects, contribute to other projects on a collaborative basis (both in the lab and with external collaborators) and guide PhD students in their research. The ability to work in a team is essential.