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 discovering fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie 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 established scientists for independent research group leader positions at senior levels. Successful candidates will have an impressive 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.


For more information about the WCB see:


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


To apply, please send a CV, a 2 page research proposal and the names of three academic referees to  




The WCB is committed to equality and diversity. The School of Biological Sciences currently holds an Athena Swan silver award.

Postdoctoral Research Positions

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

PhD Studentships

Details about projects, information about the application process, funding and application deadlines can be found on the School of Biological Sciences webpages: &

List of PhD projects offered by group leaders in the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology

Dr P Voigt,  Dr G Sanguinetti

*EASTBIO* A quantitative approach to understanding regulation of developmental genes by bivalent promoters
Dr P Heun,  Dr J Arulanandam *EASTBIO* Dissecting centromere identity and epigenetic inheritance
Prof D Tollervey,  Dr T Ly *EASTBIO* Dynamic changes in the RNA-protein interactome during stress, development and disease
Dr D Cheerambathur,  Prof K G Storey *EASTBIO* Investigating the role of chromosome segregation machinery during neuronal morphogenesis
Prof H Ohkura,  Prof C Mackintosh *EASTBIO* Making a spindle in the right place
Prof K E Sawin,  Dr T Ly *EASTBIO* Protein kinase regulation of cell polarity: a phosphoproteomics approach
Prof A Marston,  Prof F G Pelisch *EASTBIO* Regulation of chromosome segregation during meiosis by SUMOylation
Dr A Schnaufer,  Dr A Cook *EASTBIO* RNA Editing Ligase 1 and F1-ATPase as novel drug targets for veterinary diseases caused by trypanosomatid parasites
Dr A Cook,  Dr P Voigt *EASTBIO* Structural studies on DNA binding proteins required for mammalian limb development and fertility
Dr J Welburn,  Dr T Ly *EASTBIO* Structure and mechanism of motors moving chromosomes in cell division
Prof E Schirmer,  Dr J Arulanandam *EASTBIO* Structure function relationships of nuclear envelope transmembrane proteins in nuclear size regulation and cytokinesis
Prof K E Sawin Cell polarity regulation in a model eukaryote
Dr J Welburn,  Dr N Carragher Defining how cancer cells acquire resistance to microtubule-based drugs
Dr T Ly,  Dr D Clarke Developing mass spectrometry-based methods for protein-protein interaction analysis across the human cell division cycle
Dr P Heun,  Dr J Arulanandam Dissecting centromere identity and epigenetic inheritance
Prof D Tollervey,  Dr T Ly Dynamic changes in the RNA-protein interactome during stress, development and disease
Dr P Heun High-resolution mapping of centromere factors on stretched chromatin fibers
Prof A Marston How are kinetochores, cohesin and the pericentromeric chromatin modified during chromosome segregation in meiosis?
Dr E Wallace,  Dr A Cook How fungi manage stress: the role of RNA binding proteins in post-transcriptional adaptations to heat shock
Prof H Ohkura How to build chromosome segregation machinery in meiosis and mitosis
Dr P. Heun,  Dr T Ly Identification and characterization of RNA binding proteins at the centromere
Dr M Wilson,  Dr P Voigt Investigating the molecular mechanisms of the MORF complex in chromatin
Dr P. Heun,  Dr Alastair Kerr Investigating the role of centromeric RNA transcripts for centromere function and inheritance
Dr M Wilson,  Dr S Buonomo Investigating the role of induced histone marks in the repair of DNA damage
Dr P Voigt Mechanisms of poising at bivalent promoters and enhancers in embryonic stem cells
Dr J Welburn,  Dr T Ly Mechanisms regulating cell shape and architecture in health and disease
Dr D Cheerambathur Molecular mechanism involved in building neuronal microtubule cytoskeleton
Prof E Schirmer,  Dr D Marenduzzo MRC Precision Medicine DTP: 3D modelling of changes in genome architecture in development and disease
Dr T Ly,  Dr Arne Lindqvist MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Connecting Molecular Profiles to Phenotype: A Proteomic Resource for Assigning Cell Cycle and Senescent States
Dr P Voigt,  Dr Alastair Kerr Roles of histone acetylation in the control of bivalent genes during embryonic stem cell differentiation
Dr A Cook Structural Studies of RNA binding proteins that modulate microRNA biogenesis
Prof E Schirmer Tissue-specific nuclear envelope transmembrane protein (NET) functions in spatial genome organisation, importance in development, and disruption in human disease
Prof M Auer,  Dr J Arulanandam Validating “undruggable” or orphan cancer targets by combining fragment based screening peptidomimetic chemistry, phage display, structural biology and cell biology


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.