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We are seeking applications from talented cancer researchers who are looking for a host institution to support their application for a prestigious personal Fellowship.

Who we're looking for

To join the ICR you’ll be a talented scientist looking for the next step after your initial postdoctoral studies. You’ll be ready to start leading a team independently under the mentorship of a leading senior scientist.

Personal fellowships, funded by a variety of medical research agencies and charities, are the usual route for new leaders to join us in areas in which we are traditionally very strong, such as cancer biology. Success as a fellow will put you on a fast-track route to gaining a long-term career at the ICR.

To join us you will have, or be in the process of gaining, a personal fellowship from one of the major national or international funding bodies, such as the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, one of the Research Councils, the Royal Society or the National Institute for Health Research.

What we offer

As an integral part of the ICR’s faculty, you’ll receive additional start-up support (typically a postdoctoral researcher and one PhD student) and the help you need to find your feet and recruit your new team.

You will receive dedicated support in gaining further grant funding and establishing your own programme of independent research as you make the journey towards joining our permanent Faculty.

You will also have access to support networks, mentoring, career development opportunities and tailored training.

We support our scientists with state-of-the-art platform technologies and expert facilities staff, providing cutting-edge facilities for microscopy, imaging, sequencing, proteomics, X-ray crystallography and much more. 

Profile: Dr Gideon Coster

Group Leader, Genome Replication Team
Awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship

Dr Gideon Coster joined the ICR’s Cancer Biology Division in October 2018 as a Sir Henry Dale Fellow, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society.

Dr Coster carried out his postdoctoral research with Dr John Diffley at the Francis Crick Institute, where he helped discover exactly how the DNA replication enzyme helicase gets loaded onto DNA.

His team will employ biochemical, genetic and cell-based approaches to investigate how our genome is replicated accurately and how this process goes wrong in cancer.

"I joined the ICR because it is a world-class research institute with a unique interface between the bench and the clinic, driving research from basic discovery through to clinical trials. I feel that there is genuine support for young investigators and that the institute is investing in my future success."

Portrait image of Gideon Coster in the lab, smiling

Contact us

For an initial conversation about scientific career opportunities at the ICR, please contact the relevant Head of Division:

Breast Cancer Research

Identifies causes of breast cancer to improve diagnosis and discover new approaches to cancer treatment.

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Cancer Biology

Studies the processes that drive cancer development, growth and spread to identify new treatment targets.

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Cancer Therapeutics

Exploits addictions and vulnerabilities of cancer cells to discover new drugs and biomarkers.

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Clinical Studies

Coordinates high-quality early and late-phase trials in both adult and childhood cancers.

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Genetics and Epidemiology

Detects influential factors in cancer risk, and translates discoveries into clinical practice.

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Molecular Pathology

Translates tumour characterisation advances into approaches to implement personalised cancer treatment. 

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Radiotherapy and Imaging

Investigates new diagnostic imaging methods and ways of improving radiotherapy.

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Structural Biology

Examines the significance of proteins and complexes in cancer development and treatment.

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Questions about careers at the ICR?

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