UCL's Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER) (Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment) is a world class centre with a broad research portfolio in biodiversity, ecology and conservation. We are looking to recruit promising early-career researchers to expand our current strengths via a number of fellowship programmes.
UCL’s Excellence Fellowship programme – Deadline 10th May 2017.
UCL's Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) is a world class department with a broad research portfolio. We are currently recruiting promising early-career researchers via UCL’s Excellence Fellowship programme. We aim to expand our current strengths by encouraging applications from outstanding applicants in the main research areas within the department:
- Comparative ‘omics’ and deep evolutionary analysis (new Centre for Life’s Origins and Evolution, contact Prof. Max Telford, email@example.com)
- Research at the interface between biodiversity and environmental change (Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research, contact Prof. Georgina Mace, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Statistical and computational biology (R.A. Fisher Centre for Computational Biology, contact Prof. Ziheng Yang, email@example.com)
- Genetics of health and disease (UCL Genetics Institute, contact Prof. François Balloux, firstname.lastname@example.org) - Biology of ageing (Institute for Healthy Ageing, contact Prof. Linda Partridge, email@example.com)
The UCL Excellence Fellowship scheme is run by the School of Life and Medical Sciences and is open to the full range of disciplines in basic and applied life sciences. The fellowship offers salary and research funding, as well as generous funding supplements for individuals transferring existing, externally funded fellowships to UCL.
Excellence Fellows who are not already holding awards are expected to apply to externally funded schemes, including ERC, Royal Society, NERC, BBSRC, and Wellcome Trust. This requires that Excellence Fellowship applicants are eligible and competitive for these awards. For more information on the Excellence scheme and application process, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slms/research/excellence-fellowship/
Candidates are required to identify a sponsor in GEE by contacting a relevant member of staff. Please identify a sponsor and contact Prof. Anjali Goswami (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Max Reuter (email@example.com), who are in charge of fellowship support for GEE, to notify us of your interest in applying by April 7, 2017.
GEE runs a pre-selection to identify candidates for departmental support. Preliminary applications, including a one-page proposal, full CV and the name of the sponsor, should be submitted for internal review by April 25, 2017. Documents should be sent to Prof. Anjali Goswami and Dr Max Reuter. They can also provide assistance with identifying a potential sponsor if contacted in advance of the deadline. Based on the preliminary applications, a shortlist of applicants will be selected for departmental support and invited to submit a full application by the scheme deadline of May 10, 2017. The Department has had great success supporting fellowship applicants from initial application to securing subsequent permanent employment within UCL. You can find more information about the department and its research centres and institutes at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/gee.
A note for non-UK applicants: Fellowships allow early- and mid-career scientists to concentrate on their work unhindered by teaching and administrative loads. They are an integral part of the UK academic system and are a typical route towards permanent academic positions. Schemes covering salary and research expenses from a range of funding agencies are open to non-UK applicants. Please see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/gee/fellowships for more details.
For more information on the scheme
and application process, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slms/research/excellence-fellowship/
Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions – Individual Fellowships – Deadline 14th Sept 2016.
The goal of Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. Further details http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/
Royal Society’s University Research Fellowship – Deadline tba Sept 2016.
This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. See further details https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/university-research/
NERC’s Independent Research Fellowships – Deadline 4th October 2016.
The NERC Independent Research Fellowship (IRF) Scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists, by giving all fellows five years' support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes and to gain international recognition. See further details http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/irf/
European Research Council’s Starting Grants – Deadline tba Nov 2016.
The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. Further details https://erc.europa.eu/funding-and-grants/funding-schemes/starting-grants
Royal Society’s Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship – Deadline tba Jan 2017.
This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. See further details https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/dorothy-hodgkin-fellowship/
Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowships – Deadline tba March 2017.
Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. See further details https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships
BBSRC’s David Philips Fellowships – Deadline tba May 2017.
David Phillips Fellowships provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. See further details http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/filter/david-phillips/
How to Apply
Applicants should discuss their interests with a relevant member of academic staff well before the deadline of the schemes, especially as some schemes require a named mentor. If you need assistance with identifying a potential sponsor then please send enquiries to Prof. Anjali Goswami (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Max Reuter (email@example.com) who are in charge of fellowship support. Based on the preliminary discussions, a shortlist of applicants will be selected for further support and invited to submit a full application by the relevant schemes deadline.
The Department has a track record of supporting fellowship applicants from initial application to securing subsequent permanent employment within the department. You can find more information about the centre and department at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cber and http://www.ucl.ac.uk/gee .
A note for non-UK applicants: Fellowships are an integral part of the UK academic system and are the preferred and privileged route towards permanent academic positions. Externally funded grants covering salary and research expenses are open to non-UK applicants from a range of funding agencies. These awards allow early- and mid-career scientists to concentrate on their work unhindered by teaching and administrative loads.
- Royal Society Newton International Fellowship For internationally based early career fellows who wish to undertake research in the UK.
- AXA Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship A 2 year fellowship, proposals must be ranked by UCL prior to being submitted. Multiple stages, applicants are encouraged to review webpage prior to applying.
- Wellcome Trust Fellowships A range of fellowships are on offer for those who come from low to middle income countries, focusing on a public health and tropical medicine /environmental disease drivers. Applicants are encouraged to review the topic area to ensure their proposal fits the criteria before applying.
- Medical Research Council Fellowships Fellowships focus on a economic of health and biomedical science area, environmental disease drivers and related topics may apply to these categories. Applicants are encouraged to review the topic area to ensure their proposal fits the criteria before applying.
- EPSRC Fellowships Applicants have to register on Je-S.Applicants can apply to a range of topic areas, the most likely to be of interest is; Living with environmental change.