Senior Research Group Leader Position

The Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology (WCB) is a world-renowned research centre in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Located in the vibrant city of Edinburgh, the WCB’s mission is to make ground-breaking discoveries that bridge the knowledge gap between genotype and cellular phenotype in health and disease. The Centre has an outstanding track record in fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying nuclear organisation, genome packaging and transmission, chromatin states and their interplay with RNA biology. The WCB offers a diverse and inclusive environment that fosters interaction and collaboration. We are equipped with state-of-the art facilities and instrumentation for molecular and cellular biological research, including core support in microscopy, bioinformatics, proteomics and structural biology.

The WCB is seeking outstanding scientists for independent Research Group Leader positions at senior levels. Successful candidates will have an impressive, established track record and a compelling vision for independent research in the broad area of cell and molecular biology. Although research excellence is our primary criterion, we particularly encourage applicants with expertise in RNA biology, developmental systems, or with demonstrable links to medicine or the physical sciences.

Most group leaders within the WCB are supported by independent research fellowships and successful candidates would be supported in seeking independent funding.

Informal enquiries are welcome to David Tollervey (Centre Director) or Adele Marston (Deputy Director) via e-mail:

Applications should include a CV, a 2 page research proposal and the names of three academic referees. Please submit these by e-mail to

Postdoctoral Research Positions

Vacancies are advertised in the appropriate media source and on the University jobs webpage:

PhD Studentships

PhD projects offered by group leaders in the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology are advertised on the School of Biological Sciences webpage at


Internships and Placements

If you are seeking a host for an internship or placement, we recommend that you look at the research page of our website and contact the relevant group leader directly to see if they have an opportunity for you.