Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

Rear view of Babraham Hall

Why come to Babraham?

The first and most important reason to come to the Babraham Institute is our science. Based in modern up to date laboratories our scientists are researching the mechanisms underlying developmental and ageing processes in four main strategic areas: epigenetics; lymphocyte signalling; nuclear dynamics; and signalling. Surrounded by our world renowned group leaders and scientists from all over the world the scientific knowledge and skills you can develop here at BI will help to shape your career. With fantastic facilities all managed by expert leaders in their fields scientists are supported to develop their own individual research projects within their wider teams. The friendly scientific atmosphere and open laboratory spaces create a culture of collaboration and development amongst our scientists. 

BI is located in the beautiful cambridgeshire countryside, seven miles south of Cambridge and only fifty miles north of London. With excellent rail and road connections it is well placed in the Cambridge-London scientific cluster.

Working at BI provides you with a wide variety of opportunities. Here are just a few of the reasons why our scientists and staff choose BI: 


The Babraham Institute is a world leading life sciences institute with a long-standing reputation for academic excellence.  Fundamental research here over the last two decades has made major scientific contributions leading to commercial development of therapeutics in several important areas. This reputation led to the Babraham Institute being selected to join EU-LIFE - an alliance of 13 European Institutes of excellence.


Babraham sits at the heart of the Cambridge biomedical cluster encouraging innovation by smaller local high-tech businesses. It’s surroundings are an envy to many with its beautiful gardens and wonderful wide open grounds.  The site is easily accessible from Cambridge town centre, thanks to frequent buses and since the campus is only 5 miles from central Cambridge, many staff cycle to work.  


The Babraham Institute produces highly trained scientists, an essential resource for UK companies and foreign companies investing in the UK.  It also trains highly skilled technical staff, nursery staff and provides apprenticeships.  The Institute has a formal relationship with the University of Cambridge through our PhD students. Our Training pages provide more details.

Knowledge Exchange

There are multiple opportunities across campus and in the local area to share knowledge and expertise, whether with other research scientists, estates, animal/lab technicians, finance and research support. The Institute has excellent partnerships and relationships with companies on site, off campus and the University. Find our more about our Partnerships.

Social Life

Babraham has a lively, welcoming and diverse community.  The Babraham Research Campus offers a wide range of social facilities – gym, sauna, tennis courts, countryside walks, catering outlets and bar.  We also have a book club, fitness classes and rounders, volleyball and football teams.


Will depend on position, but there are opportunities to apply for on-site housing and flexible working.  There is an excellent nursery on site accommodating babies from the age of 6 weeks to five years old throughout the year. Plus staff also have opportunities to apply for additional annual leave at christmas, pension-schemes and childcare vouchers.

What others say:


A career at the Babraham Institute offers an opportunity to work at a world-leading academic research institute, while also being located on a campus with over 50 biotech companies.  This, and the Institute’s proximity to the rest of the Cambridge cluster, make it an exciting place to work.