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Career Opportunities in Life Sciences
We offer an attractive and flexible fellowship scheme for Independent Research Fellows with substantive external funding to join the Faculty of Life Sciences as Principal Investigators. For Fellows bringing in 4-5 years of external funding (on qualifying schemes), the Faculty will either fund 1 to 2 years additional support at the end of their Fellowship, or support outstanding candidates for 1-2 years before their fellowship is awarded. This scheme reflects our desire to ensure that Fellows can perform to their full potential and develop highly competitive biology research programmes. Throughout the 6-year period fellows benefit from close mentor support, with formal reviews at 3 and 5 years.
The Faculty has an enduring record of recruiting outstanding scientists to undertake fellowships in Manchester, with an excellent track record in retaining independent fellows as permanent academic members of staff.
About the Faculty
The Faculty 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 molecules to cells to organisms and environmental sciences. RAE 2008 confirms that the Faculty is amongst the UK’s research elite in biology. The research quality of the Faculty was assessed to place us within the top two or three institutions within the UK for the Units of Assessment (UoA) to which our staff were returned (Biological Sciences, UoA14, and Preclinical & Human Biological Sciences, UoA15).
Successful candidates will be sponsored to apply for independent, externally-funded research fellowships (most of which are open to international applicants). The Faculty of Life Sciences offers an excellent research environment comprising over 200 independent group leaders housed in purpose-built laboratory and office space (most are less than 7 years old) fostering interdisciplinary collaborations. Research is facilitated by superb core facilities and services (with state-of-the-art equipment) supported by 60 Experimental Officers/technicians. New independent fellows are given lab and office space, given access to support staff and inclusion on funding bids.
To be considered for this scheme prospective fellows should send a brief curriculum vitae (indicating any previous fellowship applications) and a one page summary of their research interests to email@example.com.
The next deadline for applications to this scheme is 30 June 2013. For further information or informal discussions at any time contact the specific Research Group Leader or the Fellowship Recruitment Coordinator (Professor Chris Grant).
In addition, for cell-matrix research, fellowships are available through the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Matrix Research (WTCCMR). See the Vacancies page of the Centre website for more details.
Other information that may be of interest can be found by clicking on the + / - to expand the boxes below.
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Stepping Stone Awards
As well as providing support for independent fellowship applicants The University of Manchester also has a number of Stepping Stone awards available to Early Career Researchers in the biomedical disciplines. The aim of these awards is to promote the careers of excellent trainee researchers.
The scheme provides funds to enhance the competitiveness of researchers who have completed a period of research training, but who would benefit from additional experience, time and support to compete for the prestigious intermediate and senior awards offered by numerous research funding bodies. It also provides support for researchers with external funding wishing to move from another institution with the aim of becoming credible candidates for senior fellowship awards. The next deadline for Stepping Stone applications is 9am, 7 June 2013. For more information and an application form, see: Stepping Stones Awards.