MRC Skills Development Fellowships (Postdoctoral Research Fellows)

University of Exeter – Living Systems Institute

The University of Exeter is pleased to partner with the Medical Research Council (MRC) to deliver Skills Development Fellowships commencing in spring 2018.

The post

The Skills Development Fellowship scheme is designed to address identified skills gap areas through postdoctoral training. This can be for researchers that are early in their career e.g. having just finished their PhD (or about to) or within a few years of doing so, who have preliminary skills in a priority area but need further training to develop these skills, or who wish to obtain new skills in a priority area that is complementary to existing skills. This could also be for researchers that are more established, but wish to obtain training in a different area (relevant to priority skills gaps).

At Exeter, these prestigious awards offer early career researchers with a strong background in a quantitative discipline (such as mathematics, statistics, computer science or physics) the opportunity to develop their skills with a focus on biomedical or clinical research. They also present an opportunity for biomedical or clinical researchers at a later career stage who wish to transform their career by developing new quantitative skills.

Exeter’s priority skills themes are:

  • Mathematical modelling
  • Statistical modelling and methodology
  • Computational modelling

Exeter’s medical facing themes are:

  • Neuroscience and neurology
  • Endocrinology and metabolism
  • Primary care, population health and health services research

The University of Exeter is offering two MRC-funded fellowship positions, available from April 2018 on a three-year fixed-term contract.

What we can offer you

Housing one of the largest groups of mathematical, statistical and computational scientists focussed on biomedical and clinical modelling in the UK, the University of Exeter provides an outstanding training environment for Skills Development Fellowship holders. Successful applicants will be paired with a multi-disciplinary sponsorship team, entered into our unique mentoring programme and given a personal training budget. As well as access to Exeter’s world-leading research facilities, we will help successful applicants identify a globally leading second research centre where they can spend up to 12 months further developing their skills.

Successful applicants will primarily be homed within the brand new £52.5M Living Systems Institute, a cross-disciplinary research institute that spans mathematics, computer science, physics, biosciences, biomedicine and clinical sciences. They will be embedded into two related Centres of excellence, the Centres for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare and Biomedical Modelling and Analysis, joining a team of over 40 researchers including 7 independent MRC Research Fellows, 15 postdoctoral researchers and 10 PhD students.

About you

You will be able to direct and develop their own research programme, and over the three years, gain an increasing level of independence as they carve out their own niche at the interface between the quantitative and biomedical disciplines.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD in a related field of study. The successful applicants will be a nationally recognised authority in their subject area and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in their discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies.

For further information please contact Miss Sarah Warren, email, or telephone 01392 726447 or Professor John Terry, email or telephone (01392) 725274.

To apply, please complete the online application form, submitting a cover letter, a full CV and your 2-page research proposal as a single PDF. The research proposal template can be downloaded here or a copy can be requested by email to Sarah Warren ( Full details about the application process and the fellowship positions are available on the Skills Development Fellowships website.

Interviews are expected to take place on 14 February 2018.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce