Our faculty is made up of research group leaders, including our clinical group leaders and early-career group leaders, and the heads of our core technology facilities, which we call science technology platforms (STPs). Visit our profile listing to see our faculty.
Group leaders collaborating at the Crick.

Group leaders

We recruit group leaders from all areas of science, including clinical research and physical sciences. 

Our group leaders:

  • oversee our research groups,
  • lead research programmes,
  • train and mentor their researchers,
  • run our internal seminar programmes,
  • and contribute to the environment of scientific discourse and collaboration that lies at the heart of the Crick's mission.

Many of our group leaders are early or mid-career and run research groups of around six to 12 people.

Career structure

Our career structure is unusual, with the majority of group leaders working at the institute for no more than 12 years before being supported to find scientific leadership positions elsewhere.

This is known as a 6 + 6 structure.

This structure helps us to fulfill our national role by expanding the talent pool for biomedical science across the UK. And the flow of group leaders through the institute brings in fresh knowledge and ideas to drive the success of our scientific programmes.

Recent recruits

Flor Iacaruso

Flor Iacaruso


It’s hard to imagine a better research environment for a first leadership position. The support I’ve received so far has been amazing and I think being here will have a great impact on my research, particularly the scale of ambition. Some of the experiments I have planned would be called unrealistic anywhere else.

Read Flor's reflections on moving into the Crick.

Louise Walport

Louise Walport


Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in all the ‘side bits’ of a research career. But, ultimately, every day I get to wake up knowing I’m working towards discovering something new, something that might contribute to our understanding of human health and disease, and that’s a pretty nice thing to be able to do.

Read Louise's introduction interview

Ben Schumann

Ben Schumann


I’m looking forward to seeing the members of my group succeeding. If a student has a successful result, I’m usually just as excited as they are. I’m looking forward to supporting my group members when things go wrong and helping them to steer their projects.

Read Ben's views on the opportunities at the Crick.

Our faculty come from across the world

We are proud to be a diverse and international institute, with staff from more than 70 countries. We will always be open and welcoming to scientists from around the world. 

Recent early career group leaders (2017 - 2019)

Lucia Prieto Godino
Pontus Skoglund
Silvia Santos
Radoslav Enchev
Anne Schreiber, Johannes Kohl, Benjamin Schumann
Florencia Iacaruso

David Balchin, Katie Bentley, Louise Walport, Rupert Beale, Samra Turajlic

Adam Sateriale
Petr Znamenskiy, Maxim Molodtsov

Other faculty positions

Science technology platform leads

Structural Biology STP

Our science technology platforms (STPs) provide researchers with access to expertise, advice and state-of-the-art equipment in a range of areas.

In-house expertise and services help our scientists streamline their research, so that they can achieve their research goals quicker. 

STP heads manage the day-to-day running of their STP and teams of STP staff. They work closely with group leaders and other heads to ensure that their platform remains cutting edge and delivers for researchers.

Clinical group leaders

A core part of the Crick is our community of medical researchers. Crick clinical group leaders are appointed to a university department, but establish their main research base at the Crick.

Once a year we run a joint recruitment of early-career clinical group leaders with our partner universities, Imperial College London, King's College London and UCL.

The role is focused on clinician scientists who have completed general and/or specialist training in accordance with the requirements of the GMC or have equivalent national medical registration outside the UK, and who wish to set up an independent research programme at the Crick linked to a related department at Imperial, King’s or UCL.

Samra Turajlic

Meet clinical group leader, Samra Turajlic.

Read the interview