Applications are invited for a Junior Group Leader (JGL) position to develop and lead a research team aimed at understanding the basic biology and/or preclinical therapeutics of paediatric brain tumours, contributing to the overall strategy and goals of CRUK Cambridge Institute (CRUK-CI). The successful applicant will be part of the newly formed CRUK Children’s Brain Tumour Centre of Excellence (CRUK-CBTCE). This unique opportunity will enable the applicant to establish an academic paediatric brain tumour research laboratory at the University of Cambridge and partner with world-leading drug discovery groups including collaborators at the Institute for Cancer Research, London. It is envisaged that the team will focus on the basic biology of paediatric brain tumours, with a particular focus on mouse modelling, novel target discovery and validating novel therapeutic targets. The group will benefit from the outstanding preclinical ‘mouse hospital’ facilities in Cambridge that include preclinical neurosurgery and an image guided Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP).

The successful applicant will have a strong background in studying paediatric brain tumour biology, experience of brain tumour modelling with applications in preclinical treatment studies.

Successful applicants will be expected to lead an independent research programme that contributes to the overall goals of the Institute. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, establishing a strong track record of high impact research papers, providing academic training and supervision for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, establishing research collaborations, presenting research outcomes to international audiences, applying for grant funding, and managing the group budget and resources.
Candidates will have a PhD and/or MD, have completed highly successful postdoctoral research, be well underway in establishing themselves as an internationally recognized expert in their field, and have breadth of knowledge across cancer research. The posts carry a significant core package of researcher salaries and support.

Appointments will be at the University level of Senior Research Associate (£40,792- £51,630). In exceptional circumstances, and on the basis of a demonstrable history of achievement, appointment at the level of Principal Research Associate (£59,828 – £69,331) may be possible.

Appointments are subject to Faculty Board approval.

Further information on the post can be obtained by referring to Prof Richard Gilbertson,

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date is 21st October 2018 with the interview date to be confirmed.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SW16831 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Gilbertson Lab
21 Sep 2018
21 Oct 2018