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Scientific Strategy and Funding Graduate Scheme

Graduate Placement

We are looking for sharp and forward-thinking individuals who can use their creativity and passion for science to help us beat cancer sooner.


At Cancer Research UK (CRUK) we invest in pioneering research to help us better understand, prevent, diagnose and treat all cancers. Our research strategy sets out an ambitious vision to accelerate scientific progress to see three quarters of people beat cancer in the next 20 years. Scientific Strategy and Funding is at the root of making this ambition a reality. We are constantly evolving, adapting and implementing the best strategies to beat cancer sooner, broadening our understanding of how to diagnose cancer earlier, tackling cancers with the greatest unmet clinical need, and funding exciting collaborations across the research community. Graduate opportunities at CRUK are truly unique. With a commercial strength equivalent to a FTSE 350 company, we are currently ranked number 2 in the Guardian UK 300 and are perfectly positioned to train the leaders of the future.


As a Scientific Strategy and Funding Graduate Trainee, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a diverse range of skills, working in an innovative environment, in business critical roles, across the 2-year programme. During your placements you will have the opportunity to:

  • help balance our strategic priorities with emerging opportunities
  • work across a diverse range of teams to ensure each of our vital research projects receive appropriate direction and resource
  • apply communication skills to build relationships across the research community, and ensure we stay at the cutting-edge of scientific research
  • develop your scientific career away from the lab bench in a dynamic office environment that fosters growth


To succeed as a graduate on our scheme you will have a passion for CRUK and an understanding of the work that the Scientific Strategy and Funding team do to drive our ambitions. You won’t be afraid to think big and try new ideas and you will always be looking to learn from the people around you. As a solutions focussed graduate, you will be able to show a consistently strong work ethic and have the ability to apply your scientific background directly to the work we do. We put graduates in challenging and exciting roles from the off, so we are heavily invested in your development so you can become a future leader at CRUK. You’ll be free to explore your potential and shape the future growth of the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.


Every day we achieve extraordinary things by being sharp, brave and united in our work. If you think you can help us beat cancer sooner, apply now!


Closing date: Sunday 3rd December, 23:55


At CRUK we value diversity and we’re committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures and believe that a diverse workforce will help us to beat cancer sooner.


Please note, from 2019 we will be relocating from our offices in Islington to a new office space in Stratford, close to the Olympic Park.

How to Apply

To apply, simply click the link below to take you through to our careers website where you can submit your application.

Job details
£25,000 p.a + excellent benefits
Angel Building
Graduate Placement
2 years
Full Time (35 hours)
Closing Date
03/12/2017 23:55

This opportunity is closed to applications.