Research Career Development Fellow (77860-106)

University of Warwick - Life Sciences

Applications are invited for up to three Research Career Development Fellows (RCDFs) to join the Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology (WISB) centre across the participating departments of: School of Life Sciences, Engineering, Chemistry, Centre for Education Studies and Computer Science.

We are looking for outstanding candidates, who are keen to develop their professional career in an area of Synthetic Biology (experimental / theoretical) research.

RCDFs will work with WISB Investigators, Post-Doctoral Research Assistants, PhD students and international collaborators to develop and deliver a programme of synthetic biology research.

The successful candidate will possess a PhD in a relevant discipline and have a range of applicable research skills and expertise. They will be able to demonstrate a developing track record in delivering excellent research that results in high quality outputs, such as peer-reviewed publications or grant funding. They will also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills enabling them to work both independently, and as an effective member of the interdisciplinary WISB community.

As part of the application, each candidate should provide:

  • A plan of independent research for the duration of the Fellowship – this should identify both the expected scientific outcomes and the potential impact of the planned work in terms of industrial relevance/collaboration. The plan should be no longer than 2 pages of text (including any Figures or Tables) font size 11.
  • A strategy for seeking, ideally within the first two years of appointment, additional funding in the form of an externally awarded Fellowship and/or research grant. WISB will provide support and advice to Fellows during the preparation of such applications. This is intended to help the applicant plan his/her career development beyond the duration of the RCDF Award. The plan should indicate an approximate timeline, which types of grant/Fellowship will be applied for, and the research area(s) addressed in the funding application(s). Two pages (font 11) are allowed for this document. Candidates should note that success in obtaining this external funding will not change the terms of the Fellowship award.
  • A brief description of the equipment/facilities the candidate would need access to in order to perform the proposed research. Candidates should be aware that WISB will provide a core grant to cover the costs of the Fellow's own research.

Further information can be found on our website ( or by contacting the WISB Director, Prof John McCarthy at

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure. Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure.

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.

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