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Centre for Future Health Research Fellow

Research and Enterprise
Based at
University of York - any University site
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
38,832 - 47,722 a year
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Role Description

Applications are invited for a Research Fellowship scheme funded by the University of York’s Centre for Future Health (CFH) which is supported by the University and the Wellcome Trust. The scheme is intended to provide a stepping stone for the ablest early career researchers working in the area of health into a fully established, independent and externally-funded research career. The scheme is open to individuals from across the sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities and those with interdisciplinary interests are especially encouraged to apply. Those who have had a career break and wish to re-establish their research career are also invited to apply.

The University of York has an outstanding reputation for biomedical and health-related research with expertise right across the critical pathway in health research, from fundamental science in the laboratory to direct patient care. The world-class standing of departments and research centres, and a growing cadre of internationally-recognised research leaders have underpinned significant achievements in fundamental biomedical sciences, in health services, in medical humanities, and in the translation of research for public benefit.

You will contribute to and lead on the production of research outputs and research outcomes, participate actively in the planning, management and advancement of an identified independent programme of research in the health area, and ensure effective management and use of the research resources that will be made available to you. You will also be expected, within the time-frame of the Fellowship and with the support of your elected mentor(s), to apply for a prestigious externally-funded intermediate fellowship to continue your research career at the University.

You should have a PhD or equivalent in the area of health and research expertise that complements and enhances your host department's research and impact strategies. Some degree of previous professional experience at another institution, academic or non-academic, will be looked on favourably. Experience of undertaking publicly evidenced high quality research and participation in the planning and advancement of research projects are essential. You will also need to be able to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, including academics from other disciplines and non-academics and the public, both orally and in writing. The selection panel will be looking for a strong track record in the dissemination of scholarly work and a clear vision for your personal and career development.

The scheme offers a salary in the range of £38,832 - £47,722 a year plus a generous support allowance for equipment, consumables, travel and conference attendance. The posts are available for a fixed term period of up to two years from 1 October 2018. You must be available to take up the post at this time. Exceptionally it may be possible to extend the contract for a third year. 

It is anticipated that five awards will be made subject to the suitability of applicants.

If you are interested in applying, you are encouraged to make informal enquiries to the CFH Administrator, Dr Philip Kerrigan (; + 44 (0)1904 328876).

Making your application

Candidates will need to secure support from a senior academic with complementary research interests in the Department in which he/she wishes to be based who will then act as his/her principal mentor throughout the fellowship. This principal mentor will need to obtain written agreement from his/her Head of Department for the candidate to be based in their department. There is also the option of having a second mentor from a different department/discipline who may be another academic at the University (junior or senior) or an academic from an external university. Candidates are advised to discuss their application with potential mentors after viewing the appropriate departmental website(s). A list of all departments at York is available here. Supporting letters from the proposed principal mentor and his/her Head of Department as well as from any second mentor will be required as part of the application process.

Applications will be reviewed by a cross-disciplinary panel and therefore must be intelligible to the educated lay reader. Applicants will be judged on the calibre of their work to date (judged against recognised standards of excellence), the innovativeness and excellence of their proposal and their potential to achieve the highest quality future research through the independent fellowship route.

When you are ready to start your application, click on the ‘Apply now’ button and complete the online application form. You will also need to download the CFH Fellowship Application Form, complete, save and upload the completed version under ‘doc 1’.  You will also be asked to upload a letter of application outlining your suitability for the job together with your curriculum vitae, including publication list.

Closing Date: 31 March 2018

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