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Working at the ICR

As a world-leading cancer research organisation, The Institute of Cancer Research is a dynamic and exciting place to work. We provide exceptional opportunities for the best scientists, clinicians, and professional and administrative staff, as well as excellent academic and recreational facilities at our two London sites, in Chelsea and Sutton.

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We can only deliver our mission of making the discoveries that defeat cancer by attracting, retaining and developing the best minds in the international marketplace.

World-leading research institute 

The ICR is the leading academic research centre in the UK. Effective industry collaboration and innovation in new medicines and technologies are at the heart of our approach to drive benefits for patients. The ICR is ranked:

  • first for the quality and impact of our research*
  • second worldwide for the number of our publications cited in patents**
  • fourth worldwide for the citation rate of scientific research published across all fields**
  • fourth worldwide for top-cited research publications**
  • in the top five higher education institutions worldwide for academic influence and commercial impact** 

The majority of our employees work in research, but there are also important roles in scientific facilities, academic services, IT, fundraising, communication, human resources, and within our business and innovation office, which negotiates between ICR scientists and industry.

Find out more about our eight research divisions, professional services and our students in our factsheet:

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Training and development

We are committed to the personal development of our staff and offer a range of courses and online programmes in career development, interpersonal skills, management skills and information technology (see our training website). 

Gender equality

We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Silver award, recognising the impact our of our work in promoting gender equality in science and medicine.

Supporting researcher career development

We've also been awarded the HR Excellence in Research award from the European Commission for our ongoing work in supporting researcher career development, defined by the Researcher Concordat.

*2014 Research Excellence Framework **U-Multirank, 2020