Research Group Leader in Quantitative Biology

University of Cambridge - Sainsbury Laboratory

Applications are invited for a Group Leader position in Quantitative Biology in the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. We are searching for candidates who are developing understanding of design principles that can be used to construct predictive models for complex behaviours in living systems. Applicants are likely to be using theoretical and/or quantitative experimental approaches. Examples include transcriptional modelling, computational morphodynamics, single molecule/cell imaging, systems or synthetic biology and biophysics. The position fits within the overarching goal of the Sainsbury Laboratory to develop a quantitative, dynamic and predictive understanding of plant development, but no experience of plant science is necessary. Rather, it is critical that the appointee be willing to engage in the Sainsbury Laboratory's collaborative research environment.

The Sainsbury Laboratory provides an outstanding research setting. There are excellent resources and core facilities, with state-of-the-art equipment including high performance computing and microscopy. The research culture is one where researchers can take risks in a supportive environment. We are seeking to appoint a group leader who can both contribute to and benefit from this environment.

The position is open to applicants of any nationality and can be awarded across a broad range of seniority, from equivalent to a typical Assistant to Full Professor level. The successful applicant will initially receive support for five years, including salary, benefits and unrestricted research funding in the range of £250,000 per annum. Ample laboratory space and administrative support will also be available. Pending a rigorous peer-review process, appointment is renewable in 5 year installments. There is no overall limit to the number of potential renewals, with the first renewal being linked to appointment to retirement age in the University.

The annual pensionable salary of a Group Leader is dependent on experience and may range from grade 9 (£39,992-£50,618), grade 10 (£53,691-£56,950), grade 11 (£58,655-£67,971) to grade 12 (£70,004-£105,807), supplemented by a 30% Gatsby distinction award.

Applications can be submitted electronically at any time as pdf files and should include a full CV providing evidence of a strong track record in Quantitative Biology, and a research proposal for the initial five year period as Group Leader demonstrating the applicant's potential to make a significant contribution to the understanding of complex behaviours in living systems. The names of at least three referees should be supplied. Completed applications should be sent by e-mail to:

For more details about the post and how to apply, please refer to the Further Information link at the bottom of this page.

Further details about the Sainsbury Laboratory are available on the Sainsbury Laboratory web site:

Applications will be considered as they arrive. The final deadline for applications is January 31st 2018. We anticipate interviewing will be complete by the end of February.

The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

Please quote reference PT14218 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Share this job
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:


South East England