Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research



Fellowship opportunities:

Excellence Fellowships

Now closed for entry:

UCL's Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) is looking to recruit promising early-career researchers in the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research. This internationally-regarded research centre is expanding in 2015 with newly-converted laboratory and office facilities in the heart of UCL’s campus in central London. Fellows are provided with a competitive salary and research expenses for three years.

We are specifically seeking applicants working with field and/or laboratory systems, potentially alongside the development of relevant theory, in one of the following areas:

1. investigating adaptation to environmental pressures from climate change, disease and other anthropogenic threats,

2. transcending single species systems and examining community ecology and/or ecological networks,

3. the application of  environmental genomics techniques to better understand biodiversity change.

We strongly encourage applicants working on any aspect of plant and fungal biology who will have opportunities for joint appointments with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  

Recruitment opportunities are available through the UCL Excellence Fellowship scheme run by the School of Life and Medical Sciences. The UCL Excellence Fellowship offers salary and research funding, as well as generous funding supplements for individuals bringing externally funded fellowships to UCL.


Candidates for Excellence Fellowships should contact Prof Georgina Mace, Director of CBER (g.mace@ucl.ac.uk) or Prof Andrew Pomiankowski, Head of GEE (ucbhpom@ucl.ac.uk), including a CV and cover letter. 

The deadline for formal applications to the Excellence Fellowship scheme is 13 May 2015. Candidates must identify a sponsor in CBER in advance, so early expressions of interest are essential.

A note for non-UK applicants: Fellowships are an integral part of the UK academic system. 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.

We welcome enquiries from anyone applying for independent fellowships who would like to work in the Centre. Below is a list of potential fellowships;

  • NERC Independent Research Fellowship This fellowship is to help develop leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists. Fellowships are funded for 5 years.
  • 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.

If you would like to discuss any of these fellowships please do contact us through the details found on the Contact Us page, stating which you are interested in applying for. An academic member of staff will contact you to discuss application and support further.