A core part of the Crick is our community of medical researchers. Applications are now open for innovative clinicians to join the Crick's faculty and set up a programme of research.
One of our central goals is to develop collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches that combine clinical, biological and physical sciences. Over the next few years, we will be enhancing our focus on human biology and human disease specifically.
Crick clinical group leaders are appointed to a department at one of our partner universities (Imperial College London, King's College London and UCL), but establish their main research base at the Crick.
- A competitive salary
- Salaries and consumables for up to five lab members, including graduate students
- Opportunity to expand through external grant funding
- Ready access to Crick technology platforms and facilities
- Full lab setup in state-of-the-art laboratory space
Successful candidates will receive funding to establish their research base at the Crick for an initial six years, renewable subject to satisfactory review to a total of 12 years. Up to 20% of time can be spent on clinical work.
- A higher degree (PhD or equivalent) in a relevant field
- A medical degree and GMC licence to practice medicine
- Certificate of completion of general and specialist medicine training (GMC or equivalent)
- Successful experience in planning and directing an established research programme
- The ability to communicate well, convey ideas and concepts clearly and effectively
- Growing reputation in the field of research demonstrated through publications and conference presentations
- A strong and distinctive research vision
- The potential to provide academic leadership
- Plan, develop and direct an independent research programme of the highest quality
- Recruit and supervise research staff and facilitate their career development
- Manage laboratory resources efficiently and effectively
- Compete successfully for external research funding (though the Crick will provide substantial support from its core resources, it is anticipated the Crick clinician scientists will build on this through applications to external funding bodies)
- Build collaborative research programmes with investigators at the Crick, the partner university and beyond
- Actively contribute to general scientific discourse at the Crick, particularly as it relates to clinical medicine
- Maintain a licence to practice in accordance with GMC regulations
There is no specific stipulation as to the extent of clinical activity and it is understood that this may vary with speciality and research field. However within the basic funding structure this should not exceed 8 hours per week.
Education, leadership and citizenship
- Participate fully in mentoring and career development particularly in relation to clinicians undergoing research training
- Participate in development of operational structures that enhance medicine at the Crick
- Promote and advance the reputation of the Crick and the partner university with clinicians, scientists and the public
- Participate and contribute to public engagement activities of the Crick and the university as required
- Comply with the health and safety policies and fulfil the safety responsibilities required of a research supervisor
Hear from our current clinical group leaders
The academic freedom I feel at the Crick is very stimulating. Our research is guided by our ideas, not by our constraints, and I can't wait to start this exciting chapter of my career. I believe that the collaborative spirit at the Crick will help our diverse team to push the boundaries of what we know about psychosis.
I also value the opportunity to work clinically alongside my research. My contact with psychosis patients was what drove me into biological research in the first place, and my clinical work is an ongoing source of motivation and provides the context that we need for our research.
The Crick offers huge opportunities to expand my existing work and add new dimensions, with world-class support on offer through resources, collaborations, skillsets and infrastucture. The obvious enthusiasm at the Crick for developing clinical-research partnerships was a big advantage, and this will provide exciting possibilities for research that can have a rapid impact on clinical practice.
I am already planning to develop new local collaborations with clinical centres in London, and develop my work in South Africa through a partnership with the Africa Health Research Institute.