Postdoctoral Training Fellow - Cell Division

31/08/2020, 23:55

Cancer Biology
Cell Division
Full time
Fixed Term
28 months from start
£32,200 - £38,600
The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, laying the foundation for the now universally accepted idea that cancer is a genetic disease. Today, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) leads the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment.

The ICR is ranked as the UK’s leading academic research centre. Together with our partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top five cancer centres globally.

The ICR is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

The research of the Cell Division Team focuses on understanding how cells divide, in particular how the machinery that controls cell division is regulated in space and time.

We seek to appoint a Postdoctoral Training Fellows skilled in microscopy or biophysics to the team led by Professor Jonathon Pines in the Division of Cancer Biology to use Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy to measure and analyse the behaviour of the proteins involved in the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint that regulates chromosome segregation.

You will join a small, enthusiastic and friendly team analysing mitotic control, and will be given opportunities to use your own initiative and to work in collaboration with others. Applicants should possess a PhD in a biological science such as molecular cell biology, biophysics or biochemistry. Experience with live cell microscopy, fluorescence correlation, spectroscopy or proteomics is desirable. 

Appointment will be on a Fixed Term Contract for 28 months in the first instance. The full salary scale for the post is in the range from £32,200 p.a. to £38,600 p.a. inclusive. Starting salary will be based on previous postdoctoral experience. Future progression is based on annual performance review.

Informal enquires can be made to Professor Jonathon Pines at Please do not send your application to Professor Pines, formal applications must be submitted online.  

To apply please submit your CV and supporting statement (addressing with specific examples where you meet the person specification and incl. the names and addresses of two referees)

We look forward to receiving applications from all candidates, wherever in the world they are currently based. We will select those who display the potential to become, or to support, the world leading cancer researchers of the future based on their application and performance at interview. However, we particularly welcome British applicants from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are under-represented within the ICR and nationwide in STEM roles.

The ICR is the leading academic research centre in the UK. Effective industry collaboration and innovation in new medicines and technologies are at the heart of our approach to drive benefits for patients. The ICR is ranked:


  • first for the quality and impact of our research*
  • second worldwide for the number of our publications cited in patents**
  • fourth worldwide for the citation rate of scientific research published across all fields**
  • fourth worldwide for top-cited research publications**
  • in the top five higher education institutions worldwide for academic influence and commercial impact**


*2014 Research Excellence Framework

** U-Multirank, 2020

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