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Nurturing the development of early career independent research fellows

The Faculty of Life Sciences offers an attractive and flexible fellowship scheme for potential fellows who are competitive to apply for external fellowships. The Faculty also welcomes current independent research fellows who have substantive external funding.

For fellows who can attract four to five years of external funding (on qualifying schemes), the Faculty will fund one to two years additional support at the end of their fellowship. For outstanding candidates the Faculty will provide one to two years funding prior to fellowship submission.

The Faculty has an enviable record of recruiting outstanding scientists to undertake fellowships in Manchester, with an excellent track record in developing independent fellows into permanent academic members of staff.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Life Sciences is the largest, and one of the most successful, unified research organisations of its kind in Europe with research spanning the entire spread of life sciences from studies on individual molecules at the atomic level, to cells, tissues, organisms and populations. Research within the Faculty is organised into eleven interconnecting themes.

Research theme Research theme leader
Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology Prof Eriko Takano
Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease Dr Xin Joy Wang
Cell and Cancer Biology Dr Claudia Wellbrock
Cell Matrix Biology Prof Charles Streuli
Computational and Evolutionary Biology Dr Daniela Delneri
Development Prof Chris Thompson
Environment and Ecology Prof Richard Bardgett
History of Science, Technology and Medicine Dr Ian Burney
Infection, Inflammation and Immunity Prof Werner Muller
Neurobiology Prof Stuart Allan
Sensory and Computational Neuroscience Dr Rasmus Petersen

The Faculty offers an excellent research environment comprising over 200 Principal Investigators housed in purpose-built laboratory and office space, fostering interdisciplinary collaborations. Research is facilitated by superb analytical research facilities and services supported by dedicated Experimental Officers/Technicians. Successful candidates will be sponsored to apply for independent, externally-funded research fellowships, most of which are open to international applicants.

To be considered for this scheme prospective fellows should send a brief curriculum vitae (indicating details of any previous fellowship applications) and a one page summary of their research interests (including details of the external fellowship applications they are considering applying for) to

The next deadline for applications to this scheme is 6 June 2016. For further information or informal discussions at any time contact the specific Research Theme Director (see above) or the Fellowship Recruitment Coordinator (Professor Chris Grant).


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Application process

After submission of a CV and research proposal (submission should be made to, potential candidates may be asked to submit letters of reference and may be invited to visit the Faculty to talk about their research and career plans with an academic sponsor from the Faculty.

Once sponsorship has been agreed by the Faculty Research Leadership Team, potential fellowship candidates will receive advice for their external funding application on suitable funding sources, scientific proposal preparation, effective CV content, the application process, costing the proposal, and analytical research facilities.

Mentoring for new Fellows

All research fellows are offered the opportunity to have a dedicated mentor, who will be a more experienced member of Faculty academic staff. The mentoring programme matches new fellows with a mentor who will provide one-to-one advice and guidance on all aspects of academic life (for example grant writing, recruitment, and supervision), act as an independent advisor on career progression, help with integration into the Faculty, and promote collaboration.

The New Academics Programme

The New Academics Programme (NAP) is a Higher Education Academy accredited suite of training and development provided to all new fellows and academic staff. The aim of the programme is to provide key information to allow new academic staff to integrate and progress within the Faculty. The NAP sessions provide the opportunity to meet and talk with senior academic and administrative staff within the Faculty.