Faculty of Medical Sciences

Newcastle University Research Fellowship Scheme

Overview

Are you a future research leader? Find out about exciting new fellowship opportunities for outstanding post-doctoral scientists.

We are committed to attracting potential research leaders from around the world to develop their careers at Newcastle. We are offering a number of exciting new fellowship opportunities for outstanding post-doctoral scientists, in the areas of:

  • Cellular and Genetic Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Cancer
  • Ageing and Chronic Disease
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Health and Society
  • Dentistry and Oral Health

The Newcastle University Research Fellowship Scheme offers flexible fellowship funding and support to enable the highest calibre researchers prepare external fellowship applications and move towards an independent research career. In addition to a salaried fellowship position, you will be mentored by experts and work with our leading researchers to develop independently-led projects taking full advantage of the scientific and translational culture in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. Competitive start-up packages are also available.

These positions will be available within our Research Institutes, all of which support a dynamic research environment and staff grouping with state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities. These fellowships will complement existing research strengths, focussing on areas of strategic importance.

You must have a PhD in the subject area and a strong publication record and be eligible and highly competitive for prestigious externally-funded fellowship awards as appropriate to their level of post-doctoral experience.

There are two types of fellowship available through the Newcastle University Research Fellowship Scheme: Research Fellowships and Faculty Fellowships.

Research Fellowships

Develop your independent research career at Newcastle University.

The Newcastle University Research Fellowship (usually five years’ duration) is awarded to the highest calibre candidates to enable them to further develop and extend their independent research activities and apply for independent research funding. It's an exciting new opportunity for early career scientists who aspire to be research leaders of the future.

These positions are aimed at recruiting and retaining the best researchers with an emerging reputation for innovative research on a trajectory to become the next generation of research and academic leaders.

You will be expected to establish an international reputation in your research area and obtain independent funding during the term of the fellowship. Eighteen months prior to the end of the fellowship term, performance will be assessed against agreed targets. If you meet these expectations, an open-ended appointment will be offered at the end of the term.

Eligibility

You will have a PhD in the subject area, an outstanding publication record, typically at least five years of active post-doctoral experience (career breaks will be taken into account) and be eligible and highly competitive for prestigious externally-funded fellowship awards. If you are no longer eligible for fellowships, but still highly competitive for new investigator level awards, we would still like to hear from you.

Newcastle University Research Fellowship awards will be strictly limited by the eligibility criteria set by your targeted funders.

Support

In addition to a salaried position, start-up packages will be offered with the potential to apply for postgraduate studentships through the competitive schemes offered by the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Successful candidates will be given laboratory and/or office space within a Research Institute and will have access to state of the art scientific facilities. You will be mentored by experts and work with our leading researchers, who will provide advice on crafting your application for external funding and guide you through the submission process.

How to apply

We expect to launch a further call for applicants in the spring of 2016. All opportunities will be advertised on our Job Vacancies website.

Contact

For general enquiries, please email fms-ecr@newcastle.ac.uk.

Faculty Fellowships

Flexible awards aimed at highly talented and motivated scientists in the early stages of their post-doctoral research careers, who plan to apply for externally funded fellowships.

Candidates will be provided with up to two years underpinning support to secure external fellowship funding. There are two levels available which depend upon the number of years of active research experience (career breaks will be taken into account):

Level 1 is aimed at researchers with typically zero to two years’ active post-doctoral research experience, who are targeting early-stage external fellowships. In this case we offer up to 12 months’ salary support.

Level 2 is aimed at researchers who typically have two to six years’ active post-doctoral research experience, and who are targeting intermediate-stage/career establishment level external fellowships. In this case we offer up to two years’ salary support.

By the end of the Fellowship term, you will have secured external fellowship funding and be supported through to the next stage of your career.

Eligibility

You must have a PhD in the subject area, a strong publication record and be highly motivated and eligible for prestigious externally funded fellowship awards as appropriate to your level of research experience. (For Level 1 applicants, if you have not got your PhD at the time of application, you must have it by the start of your fellowship.)

Support

In addition to a salaried position, start-up packages will be offered (for example, for travel or consumables). Successful candidates will be given laboratory and/or office space within of a Research Institute and will have access to state of the art scientific facilities. You will be mentored by experts and work with our leading researchers who will provide advice on crafting your application and guide you through the submission process.

The scheme is supported in part by the Wellcome Trust’s Institutional Strategic Support Fund.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the University’s electronic vacancy system when advertised.

All applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Applying

Applications are now open, the closing date is 1 March 2016.

For further information about the Faculty's Fellowship Programme email fms-ecr@newcastle.ac.uk.