The Institute

The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute provides an unrivalled biomedical research environment, bringing together the world-class science of the University of Cambridge with clinical and industrial partners at the Addenbrooke’s Biomedical Campus.

Home to over 430 employees, we are keen to attract the best researchers from across the world. Over 40% of our staff and half of our Group Leaders originate from outside of the UK, all contributing to the collaborative internationally-renowned research at the Institute.

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Training and Development

We’re committed to creating the scientific leaders of the future, with staff development and training of the upmost importance. Over the last 5 years, a third of our postdoctoral scientists have gone on to have independent positions at Institutes around the world.

The University’s postdoctoral training courses ensures each postdoctoral researcher is provided with a strong platform to rise to the next stage of their career. Courses include training in academic skills, such as scientific writing and laboratory management as well as transferable skills. All researchers in the Institute can also undertake scientific courses ran by our state-of-the-art Core Facilities.

PhD students play a pivotal role in the continuing success of our research programmes, and we encourage all students to make full use of the range of development opportunities we offer. Find out more about our Postgraduate Study programmes here.


Cambridge Institute Scientists’ Society

The Cambridge Institute Scientists Society was formed to establish an identity for, and give a voice to, all Institute scientists and to foster efficient interactions within the Institute. The Society organises chalk talks to help prepare scientists for grant and job interviews, offers scientists opportunities to chair seminars, organises an Institute mentorship scheme, and hosts social events throughout the year.

Annual Retreat

This yearly event is an opportunity for everyone at the Institute to gather and share their latest findings, form collaborations, discuss new developments in the cancer research field and reflect on the past year of work.

School of Clinical Medicine Wellbeing Programme

Now in its fourth year, the Wellbeing Programme aims to encourage positive mental and physical wellbeing across the Clinical School. It hosts briefings on various topics including sleep and wellbeing, resilience and mindfulness, organises activities to encourage a healthy lifestyle and provides training to supervisors to support their employees.

Institute Wellbeing Programme

In addition to the activities ran by the School of Clinical Medicine, our HR team provide local wellbeing and support initiatives. Local initiatives include subsidised massages, reflexology, yoga, tai chi and talks. The Institute works on the basis that we are a community and we encourage people to interact through enjoyable activities such as Lego, colouring books and quizzes. 

Social and Entertainment Society

The Cambridge Institute Social and Entertainment Society ensures the building continues to have an engaged and motivated atmosphere, encouraging friendly interactions between all staff at the Institute.

Equality and Diversity

The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity.

Athena SWAN Silver Award logo

The Athena SWAN awards recognise and celebrate good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in SET within Higher Education. Athena SWAN awards are  available at University and Departmental levels. The School of Clinical Medicine is proud to say that it holds a silver award


As one of the largest departments of the University of Cambridge, our staff have access to the excellent benefits and extensive learning opportunities of the University. Employees are offered a wide range of competitive benefits from health care cash plans to child care, bicycle and car hire schemes, shopping and insurance discounts.

Members of the Institute are also offered discounted membership at the Frank Lee Leisure and Fitness Centre on Campus. The Centre includes a gym, swimming pool, fitness classes, inside and outside sports courts, bar and restaurant.

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