50 Research Fellowships, University of Birmingham, UK

Deadline: 1 September 2011
Open to: Candidates from UK and overseas
Fellowship: 50 fellowships in 23 fields of research


The University of Birmingham is conducting a global search to recruit up to 50 Birmingham Fellows. The Birmingham Fellows will be outstanding post-doctoral researchers who are on a trajectory to become the next generation of research and academic leaders. The Birmingham Fellowships have been designed to support the Fellows as they establish themselves as rounded and mature academics at the University of Birmingham.
The Fellowships will be five-year appointments, giving the Fellows the time they need to engage in serious research and to establish themselves within the academic community at Birmingham, nationally and internationally.

Although research-focused, Fellows will be appointed to research and teaching contracts, reflecting the commitment to teaching as an integral part of an academic career. At the start of the Fellowship period, the emphasis will be on consolidating an already-outstanding research trajectory, but Fellows will be expected to engage in PhD supervision and to develop a growing teaching portfolio over their five-year term. Fellows will not be expected to engage in substantive academic management or administration during their Fellowship term.
Fellows will have access to start-up support and will receive mentoring and development support throughout their Fellowship. Fellows will be part of an interdisciplinary cohort that we intend will number as many as 50 by the time we have completed recruitment.


Applications are welcome from candidates in the UK and overseas who meet the criteria. Individuals currently at the University are also welcome to apply. The main areas of research are:

Cognitive Psychology; Computation, Mathematics and Theory; Engineering and Physical Science for Biomedicine and Imaging; Environmental Pollution; Europe; Genetics and Personalised Medicine; Global Economy; Health and Population Sciences; Health, Well-Being and Ethics; High Energy Physics;Hormones/Metabolism; Household Wealth and Personal Finance; Immunology; Liver and Blood-Related Cell Therapy; Materials and Manufacturing; Memory and Exile; Microbiology; Molecular Cell Biology; Public Services and Third Sector; Security and Conflict; Socio-Legal Studies and Criminology; Sustainable Energy; Transnationalism and Superdiversity; Twentieth-Century Music

How to apply?

  • You are requested to use the online application form (here) and to attach documents as requested in an easily-accessible file (preferably MS Word or PDF). The application form asks you for the information about you that we need at the preliminary stage, while the documents we request from you are a brief research summary (500 words) and a resume CV (3 pages). Due to the expected volume of response, we will not consider applications where the attachments do not match this format. You do not need to include in your application attachments references, as these are requested in the application form.
  • The application form has six sections. You will need to ensure that all sections are completed prior to submitting the form. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection panel.
  • As you put together your application, please bear in mind our criteria.  We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate academic excellence and that they are on a trajectory to become principal investigators and research leaders. The full detail is available in the further particulars and job description.
  • Your 500-word research summary should provide a schematic outline of the research you would pursue during the next five years, including an indication of how it builds upon and develops extant knowledge, its novelty and sustainability.
There is a three-stage selection process, the timeline for which is outlined below. Applications received by Thursday 1 September 2011 will be reviewed, and the selection panel will long-list. Long-listed candidates will be required to submit a longer research proposal and to identify a potential sponsor (a senior academic with whom they could work). The selection panel will review these proposals and draw up a short-list. Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview at the University of Birmingham.

Closing date for application forms is 1 September 2011.
First stage review by selection panel- Candidates will be informed of the outcome by 9 September 2011.
Longer research proposals submitted- To be submitted by 21 September 2011.
Second stage review by the selection panel- Candidates will be informed of the outcome by 29 September 2011.
Interviews– Will take place during week commencing 17 October 2011.

In case of any further questions, please feel free to contact University of Birmingham via email to [email protected].


Birmingham Fellows
Human Resources
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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