Post-Doctoral Training Fellow - Telomere Replication

10/10/2019, 23:55

Cancer Biology
Cancer Biology Directorate
Full time
Fixed Term
3 years
£32,200 - £40,100
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.

Under the leadership of our Chief Executive, Professor Paul Workman FRS, 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 four 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.

Telomeres protect the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes from repair processes and DNA damage, and are defective in essentially all incidents of cancer. The ‘Telomere Replication’ team led by Dr Max Douglas in the ICR Division of Cancer Biology, aims to understand how these fascinating structures are replicated and processed each cell division cycle, and how these steps are regulated in time and space.

We seek two postdoctoral research scientists to develop innovative research projects that will uncover the mechanism of telomere replication and processing steps. You will join an enthusiastic and collaborative group analysing DNA replication and the biology of telomeres using a multidisciplinary approach that employs in vitro biochemical assays, structural biology and genetics (see for example Douglas et al, Nature 2018). You 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, biochemistry or biophysics. Experience with in vitro biochemistry, budding yeast genetics or structural biology is desirable.

Appointment will be on a Fixed Term Contract for 3 years in the first instance. The full salary scale for the post is in the range from £32,200 p.a. to £40,100 p.a. inclusive. Starting salary will be based on previous postdoctoral experience. 

The positions are available from the 1st December 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Informal enquires can be made to Dr Max Douglas at Please do not send your application to Dr Douglas, formal applications must be submitted online. 

To apply please complete an online application form, submit your CV and supporting statement (addressing with specific examples where you meet the person specification and incl. the names and contact details of two referees) online at

We consider all applications on merit and have a strong commitment to enhancing the diversity of our staff.
Additional Documentation for Candidates