WTISSF Fellowships at Leicester

WTISSF Leicester Fellowships

The University of Leicester is inviting applications for exceptionally talented and motivated early career researchers to lead highly innovative research projects. These Early Career Fellowship opportunities are funded by Leicester’s Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) to enhance research in our priority areas of Precision Medicine, and Chemical and Structural Biology, Ethnic Health and Migration, and New Health Agendas in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Leicester has world-leading academic expertise in several clinical specialties, notably cardiovascular and respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer. We are also a leading UK university for research in the medical and health humanities. The Leicester community’s social and demographic features provide a unique and important opportunity to address key health issues across an ethnically and culturally diverse population.

Led through SAPPHIRE (Social Science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement REsearch), our unique activities in applied social science in health policy research and evaluation are developing cross-disciplinary projects using expertise in human factors, behavioural economics and health communications, partnering with key commissioners such as the Department of Health and Health Education England.

Leicester also has an international reputation for excellence in Genetics and Structural Biology, both in fundamental and translational research. Creation of the Leicester Institute of Structural and Chemical Biology and Precision Medicine Institute has established two ambitious new and complementary enterprises, with substantial University investment in new staff and equipment. Our expertise in structure-based drug discovery is further complemented by the Leicester Drug Discovery and Diagnostics (LD3) Centre and a wider network of academic and private sector partnerships.

Through this Fellowship program, we are committed to supporting and mentoring early career researchers to develop into independent principal investigators. Fellows will be supported for up to 24 months (salary, career development and research costs) to establish an original line of research that enhances the strengths of the University and that can be continued by securing additional external funding.

Successful applicants will have a PhD (or professional degree); a strong record of relevant research experience; high-quality publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or monographs; a plan for truly innovative research that has the capacity for public engagement and impact; and the capacity for academic independence.

Appointment levels and salary will be commensurate with experience, with an anticipated range of £32,958 - £46,924 p.a.

Academic staff members on open-ended University of Leicester contracts are not eligible for this scheme.

The 2017 application cycle will close on the 2nd May 2017. Please submit your application through our online recruitment system at: www.le.ac.uk/joinus (search job reference MBP01831) You will be asked to provide a completed ISSF Early Career Fellowship application form, a 2-page CV including publications, a list of at least 3 referees (including your current or most recent employer), and a 4-page research plan to support your application. Full details, including application guidance, a job summary and employment conditions, are available at the above URL.

Enquiries may be addressed to: Miss Anna Harding (aijh1@leicester.ac.uk)

The University of Leicester is committed to positively advancing equality of opportunity.

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