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Opportunities at the ICR

Our aim is to attract the best people in cancer research. We offer an excellent working environment, competitive salaries and good staff benefits. There are a range of career paths at the ICR, in scientific research, research support, and professional and administrative positions.


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Research careers

 Postdocs  Early-career researchers  Career development faculty  Career faculty 

At the ICR you will work among brilliant and motivated people from around the world, in a vibrant research environment that values and encourages collaboration and team science.

We are now investing in a new wave of recruitment of the brightest and best scientists and clinicians across the spectrum of cancer research in order to build capacity and capability in key areas.

We are currently recruiting established senior leaders in researchnew team leaders to run their own laboratories, PhD graduates looking for a postdoc role and senior postdoctoral researchers taking their first steps towards setting up their own independent research programmes. There are a range of career opportunities available, including in cancer biology, cancer immunology, bioinformatics, epidemiology and medicinal chemistry.

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For early-career researchers on the path to independence, joining our Career Development Faculty or holding a prestigious personal Fellowship at the ICR will mean a competitive start-up package and dedicated support on your journey to gaining a permanent position.

Established, senior researchers will have the chance to oversee programmes supported by scientific infrastructure and equipment as good as anywhere in the world – and with our partnership with The Royal Marsden, a leading cancer hospital, affording unique opportunities for translation to the clinic.

Teams also include postdoctoral training fellows and staff scientists, and a number of specialist research roles such as bioinformaticians. We also have senior staff scientists who may run part of a team, specialise in a particular area of research within a team or work as part of a scientific service.

The ICR sets aside some roles especially for clinicians. Our clinical fellow roles are practising clinicians who have been given protected time for scientific research in order to develop their research careers.

Our Heads of Division will be pleased to have an informal chat – you can find their contact details here.

Scientific support

We employ a network of scientific officers and laboratory managers to support our researchers. These come from a variety of backgrounds and may hold responsibility for managing scientific projects, people, resources and budgets. Many are scientifically trained to PhD level, while others hold a first degree in a scientific discipline and may also hold professional management qualifications.

Laboratory managers most often come from a scientific background and have responsibilities for maintaining efficient, tidy and safe laboratories, resolving problems and introducing new systems to improve efficiency within labs. They also organise the delivery and repair of equipment, ensure decontamination procedures are carried out, organise laboratory supplies and manage budgets.

Professional services

At the ICR we aim to achieve the same high standards in professional services as we do in our research. We offer a variety of professional and administrative roles in areas such as facilities, fundraising, communication, IT, human resources and academic services.

Our professional services teams are tailored to meet the needs of a research organisation, and many of our employees in these teams have backgrounds in science, or experience of working with scientists and clinicians.

Our specialist finance team is experienced at dealing with research grants, and staff within our Enterprise Unit have the expertise to negotiate complex collaborative agreements between the ICR and pharmaceutical and biotech companies.