Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe
Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe

Tenure-Track Principal Investigator in Epigenetics (2 positions)

The Babraham Institute is a charity which is world renowned for its research in life sciences to enhance lives and improve wellbeing.

The Babraham Institute has embarked on a new recruitment programme which provides exciting opportunities for junior Principal Investigators to join us in Cambridge. The Institute carries out internationally leading science organised into programmes of epigenetics, immunology and signalling with relevance in human health and ageing. We would like to make two appointments to enhance the Epigenetics programme and would welcome applications from Principal Investigators and from Postdocs who are ready to lead their independent research group.

We are interested to hear from candidates in any area of contemporary Epigenetics, but have in addition identified two areas of special interest to the Institute. These are (1) mechanistic epigenetics using biochemical or biophysical approaches; (2) mammalian developmental epigenetics. Application of current quantitative, modelling, single cell/single molecule and epigenetic editing approaches are also of interest. Appointed colleagues will be expected to be proactive and progressive supporters of equality and diversity. The appointments will be tenure-track and come with a competitive salary and support package including core funding, appropriate lab space embedded within the Epigenetics Programme and access to outstanding core facilities. Our Epigenetics Programme ( is internationally leading in the epigenetic regulation of development, stem cells and ageing, and we are at the forefront of genomics, computational, and single-cell approaches in these areas. Our work benefits from superb cutting-edge facilities at Babraham including sequencing, bioinformatics, cell sorting and advanced imaging capabilities, transgenics, and mass-spectrometry. We have excellent connections with the whole of the epigenetics community in Cambridge through the Cambridge Epigenetics Club and through affiliations with relevant Institutes and Departments, such as the Sanger Institute, EBI, CRUK-CI, the Stem Cell Institute and others.

We welcome informal enquiries to Michael Wakelam (Institute Director), Wolf Reik (Epigenetics Programme) and Gavin Kelsey (Epigenetics Programme).

Applications should include a CV, a description of research experience and an outline of future research plans. The latter two documents should be uploaded as the ‘Cover Letter’ and ‘Additional Documents’ on the application form.

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Starting salary is £40,000 per annum to £48,000 per annum (depending on experience) Closing date for completed applications is Thursday 31st January 2019.

Seminars and interviews will be held in March 2019.

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