UCL Division of Biosciences



The Division of Biosciences is strongly committed to recruiting and supporting the most promising early-career researchers who choose to secure a Group Leader Fellowship as their route to becoming a Principal Investigator.

This policy applies to fellowships that support the establishment of an independent research group such as Wellcome Trust Henry Dale, MRC CDA, BBSRC David Phillips, NERC IRF, UKRI FLF, Royal Society URF, CRUK, or ERC Starting Grants and equivalent fellowships.

Our goal is to provide fellows with a world-class environment for their research. Recipients of such fellowships are integrated into departments with equal standing to full members of our academic staff. Our expectation is that the Fellow will transition to a permanent position at the end of the fellowship. Our commitment to Fellows starts with academic and administrative support at the application stage and continues throughout the tenure of the fellowship, with career mentoring, academic leadership and teaching guidance, and an appraisal process that aims to place the fellow in the best possible position for a permanent PrincipaI Investigator (PI) position. In line with this ethos, in the last 5 years the majority of our Group Leader Fellowship holders have progressed to permanent PI positions at UCL or elsewhere.

Download UCL Biosciences Information and Guidance for Potential Fellowship Applicants

We are happy to receive expressions of interest to hold a Group Leader Fellowship within the Division of Biosciences either through our Fellowship Recruitment Calls or through direct application to Fellowship coordinators in our associated Research Departments. We are strongly committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of gender, ethnicity or disability to create the best possible cultural diversity. Information on Fellowship coordinators can be found on the relevant web pages for each Research Department as listed below.


Cell and Developmental Biology

Research in the department of Cell and Developmental Biology (CDB) encompasses a wide spectrum of basic biomedical investigation, from animal development, stem cell biology, functional and evolutionary morphology, to neuroscience, organelle biology and cell signalling. CDB is committed to supporting fellows with the aim of securing a permanent position through a ‘tenure-track’ route.


Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

The research department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (NPP) researches the fundamental aspects of how and why organisms work, continuing a long-standing tradition of shedding light on the most complex animal function and behaviour, in both health and disease, by revealing the underpinning molecules, cells, systems and circuits. We encourage early-career scientists to join us with externally funded fellowships.

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Genetics, Evolution and Environment

The research department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) covers a very broad range of activity including biodiversity and environmental biology, the biology of ageing, microbiology, computational biology, evolution and development, evolutionary genetics, human genetics and human evolution. We encourage early career scientists to join us on externally funded fellowships. 

Department of Structural and Molecular Biology

Structural and Molecular Biology

The research department of Structural and Molecular Biology (SMB) provides a stimulating and diverse research and training environment of international standing in cutting-edge, modern biochemistry. We joined with the Department of Biology from Birkbeck College to form the Institute for Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB) which is shared by both institutions and the platform for fellowships.