UKRI Innovation/Rutherford Fellowships - A101450R

Newcastle University

Newcastle University is committed to recruiting and mentoring early career scientists who demonstrate the potential to be future leaders in their field.

We are offering exciting new UKRI Innovation/Rutherford Fellowships associated with Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), the new national institute for health and biomedical informatics. The fellowships are for post-doctoral researchers with the ambition and track record to develop into an independent investigator. Two posts are funded for 3 years by the Medical Research Council and Newcastle University will make additional appointments for up to 5 years for suitable candidates under similar terms. Consumables costs and dedicated mentorship and development support will be provided. Appropriate candidates will be offered places on the Newcastle University tenure-track scheme, and progress to open-ended faculty posts subject to satisfactory review.

Fellows will work across the University through our Centre for Health and Bioinformatics to develop their own research niche in health data science. We seek innovative proposals which may focus on: technologically smart and socially responsive approaches to data generation, management, analysis/visualisation and/or governance; co-design and co-production of systems, tools or apps; human computer interactions in healthcare; and/or biomedical informatics. Building on pre-existing strengths in health science research at Newcastle University we will particularly welcome applications relating to ageing, early diagnosis, precision medicine and/or rare diseases.

Newcastle University’s anticipated contribution to HDR UK is in partnership with other Universities in the North of England, including the Universities of Manchester and Leeds, where similar fellowships are available; we anticipate that fellows will take advantage of training and collaboration opportunities across the consortium.

You will be at early to mid-career stage and your CV and publication track record will demonstrate research excellence and an ability to innovate. You must have a PhD in the subject area, a strong publication record for your career stage, and be likely to be competitive for externally funded fellowship awards to progress your career in the years to come. Career breaks will be taken into account at each fellowship level. We are keen to receive applications from both UK and non-UK based researchers, which MRC will badge as Innovation or Rutherford fellowships, respectively.

When applying you'll need to attach the following via the electronic vacancy system:

  • your CV with publications
  • a covering letter
  • a 3 page document outlining your research plan including the topic, progress to date, a brief project plan for developing your proposal, and an explanation of how your area of work will fit with the research of Newcastle University and Health Data Research UK.
  • Date available to start

Interviews will be held week commencing 15 January 2018.

Fellows to be funded by MRC must be able to take up their position by the 15th February 2018. For Newcastle University fellows the starting date is negotiable.

If you have what we are looking for, further information is available about similar fellowships in our Faculty of Medical Sciences

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Tim Goodship

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

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