Director of the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute

University of Cambridge - The Gurdon Institute

The Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge seeks to appoint an outstanding Director to build on the success of this world-leading Institute and provide strategic leadership for the next phase of its development. Co-founded in 1991 by Nobel Laureate Sir John Gurdon, the Institute has an international reputation for the high quality of its research in developmental biology, cell biology and cancer. Supported by generous core funding from the Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK, the institute comprises 16 independent research groups (over 240 scientists) working in a diverse array of research areas with the broad vision of studying development to understand disease.

The new Director will be appointed for a five-year term from 1st January 2019, renewable for a further five years upon review. They will have an outstanding record of research in a field relevant to the Institute’s research areas. The Director will be expected to develop a clear and compelling research strategy that encourages and fosters world-class interdisciplinary research. They will be responsible for planning and resource management and will liaise with the University and with funding bodies on a regular basis. The Institute will provide generous space to house the Director’s research group and core support for their research.

Candidates will be internationally recognized leaders in a research field relevant to the Institute’s research areas, with the skills to encourage and support world-class research, collaboration and innovation. Expressions of interest, consisting of a covering letter and curriculum vitae, should be sent before the 5th January, 2018 to the present Director, Professor Daniel St Johnston (

Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Daniel St Johnston (; 01223 334127) or any of the Institute’s Group Leaders.

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