Team Leader – Division of Cancer Biology


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 FMedSci, 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.

We are recruiting new Team Leaders for the Division of Cancer Biology headed by Jonathon Pines. The Division encompasses broadly based research in molecular and cell biology to understand how cellular pathways become altered in cancer.  There are currently ten teams within the Division and the Head is looking to expand the Division.

We are seeking Team Leaders to develop research programmes that complement the Division of Cancer Biology’s existing strengths. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in Genome Stability, encompassing chromosome replication, repair and segregation. Strong candidates in other relevant areas, including signal transduction, are also encouraged to apply.

We are particularly keen to recruit researchers at a non-time limited (Career Faculty) level who have an established, independent programme of research; however, for exceptional candidates we will consider mid-career appointments (Career Development Faculty).

Applicants must meet all the essential requirements detailed in the person specification including a PhD, broad-based specialist knowledge in an area relevant to cancer biology and a strong track record of research.

Successful candidates will also be offered research support (including staff, consumables and equipment) as well as access to state-of-art infrastructure to establish their world-class research programme.

Individual salary with a starting salary based on previous experience.  Minimum Career Faculty salary £62,172 p.a.; minimum Career Development Faculty salary £58,563 p.a.  Additional allowances for relocation/housing may also be available.

Informal enquiries can be made by email to Professor Jonathon Pines (  This email address is for enquiries only, and applications must be submitted online.

To apply, please upload your application via our website. Applications must include:

  • Full CV
  • Lists of major publications, achievements, major research grants, distinctions
  • Publication list
  • Covering letter including the names and contact details of three academic referees
  • Research plan (five to six pages outlining your current research interests and research programme for the next 5 years).

Positive Action Statement: We consider all applications on merit and have a strong commitment to enhancing the diversity of our staff. We particularly welcome applications from women and people from ethnic minorities, as they are under-represented at the ICR at this level.


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