Understanding Society Biomarker Data Project Fellowships

Understanding Society

Understanding Society, the UK household longitudinal study, is seeking to appoint Data Project Fellows to undertake social science projects that make use of Understanding Society’s biomarker, genetics or epigenetics data.

The short-term Fellowships, which will last between six and 12 months, should undertake projects built around quantitative analyses of the combined social and biomedical data from Understanding Society.

The projects should contribute new scientific knowledge about the two-way relationship between people’s social, economic, environmental circumstances and their health. They should also build understanding of the value of, and capacity for, using biomarkers, genetics and epigenetics in the social sciences.

The findings from the project should be both submitted to a peer review journal and presented to (at least) one academic conference in 2018. An Understanding Society Findings Summary (paper, video or podcast) should also be produced from the project. Projects must be completed by the end of December 2018.

Who can apply?

Any researcher based in a UK higher education institution is eligible to apply. Applications from early careers researchers (less than three years post PhD) are particularly welcomed. If your current contract at a UK HEI is finishing during 2018, you are still eligible to apply.

A signed statement of support from a senior member of your organisation (e.g. Head of Department or equivalent) must be included. For early careers researchers, a statement from your proposed mentor is also required. External peer reviews of the fellowship applications will be undertaken, shortlisted applicants will be invited to discuss their proposals with the team on 12th December. Final decisions will be notified by 21st December.

What type of funding will be provided?

  • Funding will be provided for salary, on-costs and overheads at 80% FEC for up to 12 months (full or part time). The planned project must be achievable in the timescale of the project, and the application should demonstrate this.
  • Additional funding for travel, training, conference attendance and communications activities will be agreed as part of fellowship and paid directly by Understanding Society.

To apply for a fellowship please go to the Understanding Society website, where there are full guidelines for the fellowship programme and the application form. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2017.

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