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Types of positions 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 is a range of career paths at the ICR, in scientific research, research support, and professional and administrative positions.

All current vacancies

Research careers

Research teams also include staff scientists and a number of specialist research roles such as bioinformaticians. Some senior staff scientists may run part of a team, specialise in a particular area of research within a team or work as part of a scientific service. 

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

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.

Opportunities for clinicians

We offer clinicians a variety of working opportunities, from working as a postdoctoral researcher in one of our eight scientific divisions, to carrying out independent research as a clinician scientist or clinical research fellow, to heading a specialised research team. We also offer clinicians the opportunity to develop their specialty, through a variety of taught or research-based postgraduate degrees.

Collaboration between scientists and clinicians is essential for the translational nature of the cutting-edge research carried out at the ICR. It gets new treatments to patients more quickly, and allows our researchers to learn from experience in the clinic.

Opportunities for clinicians

Professional services

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 Business and Innovation Office have the expertise to negotiate complex collaborative agreements between the ICR and pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

Moving to the UK

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We attract staff from all over the world. Find all the information you need to move to the United Kingdom to work with us.

Moving to the UK

Staff benefits

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Find out more about the staff benefits we offer, including a competitive salary package, annual leave entitlements, and sports and social facilities.

Staff benefits

Equality and diversity

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Read more about how we are creating an inclusive culture where all our staff and students feel supported to reach their potential.

Equality and diversity