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Centre for Trophoblast Research


The Centre for Trophoblast Research is a vibrant, collegiate and creative intellectual environment, where a close community of researchers are united to promote scientific study of the placenta, early development and maternal-fetal interactions

We are committed to producing a stream of skilled and sought-after clinical and non-clinical researchers trained in trophobast biology to strengthen the global academic and clinical community. We welcome applications from candidates who feel they will make a valuable contribution to the world-leading research of the Centre for Trophoblast Research. 



About us

The Centre for Trophoblast Research was founded in 2007 as a Centre of excellence to promote scientific study of the placenta, early development and maternal-fetal interactions during pregnancy. It brings together over 30 Principal Investigators, many of whom are recognized international experts in their fields.The Centre for Trophoblast Research was one of the University of Cambridge’s first inter-school initiatives, bridging research in the Departments of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pathology and allied institutes, including Metabolic Science, as well as the Sanger, Babraham and Gurdon Institutes.

In addition, the Centre embraces Fellows holding externally funded research fellowships, e.g. Sir Henry Dale and Dorothy Hodgkin fellowships, as well as its own Next Generation Fellows who are developing their independent research careers. This unique depth and breadth of expertise allows members to adopt an integrated and comprehensive scientific approach to understanding the complexity of placental biology.


Employee Benefits

The University of Cambridge offers employees a wide range of competitive benefits (including discretionary benefits) from health care cash plans to child care, bicycle and car hire schemes to shopping and insurance discounts. There is something for everyone. Find out more here.


Upcoming deadlines

Next Generation Fellowship deadline: 

Application open    October 2023

Application closes    31 January 2024


MPhil in Reproduction and Embryogenesis

Applications open  4 Sept 2023

Application closes 24 April 2024


Positions available in CTR groups

Research Laboratory Technician (Trainee Technician, Fixed Term)

Professor Magda Zernicka-Goetz Lab

Applications close 29 March 2024