UCL Division of Biosciences


Postdoctoral Training

Cell and Developmental Biology (CDB) is committed to supporting the training and development of our postdoctoral researchers. Below you will find resources for developing research skills, career development and funding.  

Research skills 

Research skills


SysMIC offers online training for the bioscience community from the PhD, through postdoc and PI level. The aim is to develop participants’ maths and computing skills and support effective interdisciplinary research and collaboration. These are increasingly important in research and have been highlighted as priority areas by the BBSRC and MRC. Modules cover introductory and advanced techniques in maths and computing for use in interdisciplinary bioresearch. Participants learn how to use MATLAB to model, simulate and analyse biological systems, and how to use R and Python to analyse data.

Royal Statistical Society 

Offers a number of public courses in statistics and data analysis.  

Career development 

Career development

Postdoctoral resources for the Division of Biosciences 

The Division provides support for career development through a number of activities including seminars and career events.

Early Career Researcher portal for the Division of Biosciences 

The ECR researcher portal provides useful information on funding, training, mailing lists, etc. for early career researchers.   

Researcher development 

UCL is committed to supporting the professional and career development of researchers, to enable them to make the most of their potential and to help ensure the ongoing creation of excellent research outcomes at UCL and beyond. 

Learning and Development Portfolio 

UCL’s Learning and Development Portfolio is an overview of all of the leadership, learning and development programmes. Our courses aim to support the learning and development of colleagues from across UCL and to support the implementation of UCL 2034. 



Bogue Fellowships 

These fellowships support postgraduate research students and post-doctoral researchers working in the Life and Biomedical Sciences to visit North America. 

Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions  

Deadline typically in April. 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. 

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships  

Deadline for preliminary applications typically in April. The scheme provides support for individuals at the transition towards independent research (recent PhDs or early postdocs). The four-year award covers the fellow’s salary as well as the costs of travel, training and research expenses (consumables, travel, etc.). 

MRC Skills Development Fellowship  

Check for UCL deadlines. The scheme supports talented early researchers in the biomedical sciences to explore, consolidate and further develop their quantitative skills (mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics) and/or skills at the social science interface. The three-year award includes the fellow’s salary and support for research staff, consumables expenses, travel costs and capital. 

Royal Society Newton International Fellowship 

Deadline typically in March. This scheme is for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK. The award covers the fellow’s salary for 24 months.