International Junior Research Fellowships

Durham University

International Junior Research Fellowships - Call for Expressions of Interest

(Chemical-Biology/ Biophysical Sciences/ Organic Chemistry)

Chemistry Department – Durham University, UK


The Bioactive Chemistry and Synthesis grouping within the Department of Chemistry at Durham University welcomes expressions of interest from early career researchers with excellent track records in the areas of Chemical-Biology or Organic Synthesis to apply for a Durham International Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).  

The JRF Scheme

The JRF scheme is aimed at researchers with post-doctoral experience (typically 2-3 years). Successful JRFs will pursue new research ideas of their own design, undertaken in collaboration within academic researchers at Durham University. In order that the JRFs can complete a significant piece of original research during the Fellowship, the normal period of the Fellowship will be 2 years. The primary aim of the fellowship is to assist early career researchers of exceptional ability to transition between post-doctoral research and an independent academic career.

Research Areas

We welcome applications for the JRF scheme in any of the following areas; chemical-biology, protein crystallography, cellular imaging; industrial biotechnology/ chemo-enzymatic synthesis, synthetic organic methodology and bioinorganic materials.

For details about the current research interests of the Bioactive Chemistry and Synthesis group members please see:

Further Information

JRFs will be employed in the University on a non-renewable fixed-term contract. They will have full access to the University library and IT resources, professional skills training, occupational health services, careers advice, specialist research facilities relevant to their project and a training allowance of up to €7k p.a. to fund fieldwork and conference attendance, research consumables, publication costs, impact and outreach activities. Each JRF may make a case to spend up to 25% of the Fellowship period at an institution outside of the UK where they have not previously worked or studied. This outgoing phase will establish new networks for the Fellows and cement or build new international collaborations for Durham University.  JRFs will be appointed at a point on the Grade 7 scale appropriate to their experience. Starting salaries will be in the range £31,656 – £35,609 p.a.

Eligibility – Important

To be eligible to apply for a JRF, applicants must normally have completed a PhD at the time of application and may not have been resident in the UK for more than 12 months in total during the 36 months preceding this call.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit an Expression of Interest to Dr Steven Cobb, Bioactive and Synthesis Research group co-ordinator, via email ( by the 28th October 2016. We are looking to select two candidates to put forward to the overall Durham University JRF competition (deadline 2nd Dec 2016). Candidates who are not successful in the initial selection process will be notified by 4th November 2016.

Expressions of Interest should consist of:

  • A copy of your CV (max. 2 pages, outlining your scientific career)
  • A full list of publications (only those published or in press).
  • A one page (A4) Research Proposal Summary (must include details of which research area(s) you are interested in working in)
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