Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

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Director Recruitment

In 2020, the current Director of the Babraham Institute, Professor Michael Wakelam, will stand down after 13 years in the role. The Board of Trustees is now looking to appoint an internationally-recognised researcher and accomplished scientific leader to succeed him and build on the success of the Institute to date. On this page you can find out more about the role and what it requires.

Applications close at 12 noon GMT on 8th March 2019. The recruiting process is being managed on behalf of the Institute by Perret Laver, find the role on their site or contact Caitlin Tickell (; +44 (0)207 340 625). Browse our application booklet and job advert below or download the PDF.

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The Babraham Institute provides a world-class environment for internationally-leading life science research. The Institute’s fundamental cellular and molecular research is supported by Institute Strategic Programme (ISP) grant funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC; part of UK Research and Innovation) and from other research councils, the EU, medical charities and industry. In line with the BBSRC’s Strategic Priority: Bioscience for an Integrated Understanding of Health, the Institute’s long-term vision for its research is to secure lifelong health for everyone and correspondingly, the Institute’s research has a strategic focus on understanding the basic molecular processes that maintain lifelong health and their decline with age. The Institute’s research is organised into three research programmes (ISPs): epigenetics, signalling and lymphocyte signalling and development. There is a strong commitment to excellence across the Institute’s activities and culture – in research quality, scientific facilities, knowledge exchange, personal development, training, and equality and diversity.

The current Director of the Institute, Professor Michael Wakelam, will stand down in 2020 after 13 years leading the Institute. The Institute is looking to appoint an internationally-recognised researcher and accomplished scientific leader to succeed him and build on the success of the Institute to date. The candidate will be responsible for designing and delivering an ambitious future strategy for the Institute, and building on its current position, creating new opportunities for the Institute to achieve excellence and impact. The new Director is also expected to be an active contributor to the research output of the Institute, leading their own internationally-competitive research team.

The Institute holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and has its own equality and diversity programme to ensure an inclusive and diverse culture.

Applications should be submitted through the Perret Laver website and must consist of a letter of application together with a curriculum vitae and a publications list, and details (email and telephone) of three referees who may be consulted.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon GMT on Friday 8th March. The full field of candidates will be subsequently reviewed by the Board of Trustees. Longlisted candidates will be invited to interview with Perrett Laver and the final shortlist of candidates will be invited to visit the Institute. Dates for formal interviews will be confirmed in due course.

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