ACF Vacancies

Academic Clinical Fellowships (NIHR and Locally funded)

The University of Leicester in partnership with Health Education across the East Midlands is to recruit Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) to start in August 2020 as detailed below. A wide range of research is available at the University of Leicester. For further information about the NIHR fellowships please view the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) website.


NIHR Funded Themed ACF Posts 2020

Four of the ACF posts to start in 2020 were awarded to the University of Leicester by the NIHR on the basis that the ACF would undertake research in a specific research theme linked to each specific post. ACFs appointed to these posts are therefore required to undertake research within the theme area linked to their chosen post. Each post is available to candidates wishing to train in one of three clinical specialities. The specialities available in each post and the research theme for each post is shown below. The link in the table leads to a description of the research programme that the successful candidate will be expected to work within.


Research ThemeClinical specialities associated with research theme

Acute Care


Intensive Care Medicine
Cardio-thoracic Surgery

Older People and Complex Health Needs


Platform Science & Bioinformatics

Medical Oncology
General Surgery
Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Platform Science & Bioinformatics Vascular Surgery

NIHR Funded Standard ACF Posts

ACFs appointed to standard posts will be able to choose a research area according to their chosen clinical speciality. Proposed ACF research projects are listed by clinical speciality. ACFs can also develop their own area of research. ACFs wishing to develop their own research area will need to liaise with the Director of Clinical Academic Training to have their research area approved by the Clinical Academic Training Operational Group. ACFs appointed to standard posts may also choose to undertake research proposed in the themed research posts.

Post Number Specialty

Obstetrics & Gynaecology


Clinical Radiology
Infectious Diseases


Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus
Renal Medicine




General Practice
Respiratory Medicine

ACF 5 Otolaryngology
Emergency Medicine
Sports & Exercise Medicine








Aarti Patel (ophthalmologist) examining the eye of a puppet

Since my first day I have been encouraged to become a skilled academic clinician. A few years later and I am now an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow presenting my research around the world.
Dr Aarti Patel
NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow
(ACF 2011-2014)

Natalie Shur (sport science doctor) working in a laboratory

I have been encouraged and supported to pursue my own research ambitions, and with the collaboration with the National Centre of Sport and Exercise Medicine in Loughborough, I would argue there is no better place in the UK right now to undertake an academic career in sport and exercise medicine.
Dr Natalie Shur
ACF in Sport and Exercise Medicine