Research Group Leader Position

Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh

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 an outstanding scientist for an independent Junior Research Group Leader position. We welcome applications from outstanding researchers addressing key mechanistic questions in the fields of molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Successful candidates will have an impressive track record and a compelling vision for independent research.

Research at WCB is supported by Core Facilities with dedicated staff in light microscopy, electron microscopy, bioinformatics, mass-spectrometry, protein purification and biophysical characterisation.

Most group leaders within the WCB hold independent research fellowships and successful candidates will be supported in seeking independent funding.

Applications: to apply, please send a CV, a 2 page Research Proposal and the names of three academic referees to

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

Closing Date: the closing date for applications is Friday 30th July.

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:

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PhD Studentships

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

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Wellcome Four Year PhD Programme in Integrative Cell Mechanisms

We also run a Wellcome four year PhD Programme in Integrative Cell Mechanisms (iCM). More information can be found on the iCM PhD web pages.

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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.

iCM Summer Internship Program

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