Nottingham Research and Anne McLaren Fellowships to support the Beacons of Excellence

University of Nottingham – Research Strategy Unit

Location: University Park

The University of Nottingham has a long-standing reputation for transformative, world-class research. Our pioneering, multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches deliver sustainable solutions to global challenges. Nottingham is making an unparalleled investment in both our research and our people, which will further enhance our international standing as one of the UK’s powerhouses for transformative research.

As part of this investment, the University is investing in two core strands – investing in our Beacons of Excellence, which will champion our field-leading responses to global challenges, and recruiting 100 Nottingham and Anne McLaren Research Fellows by the end of 2020.

This opportunity combines these two key themes, inviting applications for Nottingham Research and Anne McLaren Fellowships to support our Beacons of Excellence. This recruitment exercise focuses on the following Beacons and Thematic areas:

Beacon of Excellence: Propulsion Futures

  • Sustainable and Greener Materials for Propulsion Systems will discover new materials that will improve efficiency of components, devices and systems. The Beacon is looking at both experimental and modelling approaches from the macro scale down to the molecular and atomistic scale to develop new to Multifunctional Materials.

Beacon of Excellence: Precision Imaging

  • Artificial intelligence – medical imaging
  • Precision Radiology (GI, Liver, Renal, Lung, MSK Radiology)
  • Precision Imaging (MR Physics, MR Spectroscopy, DNP)

Beacon of Excellence: The Rights Lab

  • Slavery-Free Communities: local and community-based antislavery towards transferable, scalable and sustainable policies.
  • The Antislavery Imagination: literary, performance, and visual cultures of contemporary antislavery in the context of historical abolitionism.

Beacon of Excellence: Future Food

  • Nutrition: the impact of innovations in food production and processing on their digestion and absorption, the bioavailability of nutrients, and the impact of such food on gastrointestinal and liver health.
  • Functional Genomics: combining genomics, high-throughput phenotyping at the molecular, cellular or organismal levels with bioinformatics to discover the molecular basis of mechanisms that impact agricultural productivity and quality.
  • Mathematical Modelling: mathematical and/or computational modelling approaches for food systems that enable prediction of outcomes for proposed interventions, new understanding and identification of novel strategies for agricultural resilience and enhanced nutrition.
  • Sensory science: focusing on the unique space linking Sensory Science and Consumer Behaviour. Areas of work may include developing a deep understanding of acceptability of new products, understanding physiological factors and psychological drivers of food selection, where influencing food choice will help promote the consumption of healthier and more sustainable diets.

Applications will also be considered from outstanding individuals who support our areas of key research excellence and research priority areas.

Each fellowship offers:

  • Three years independent funding, to conduct research while based at the University of Nottingham.
  • Salary set on the Research and Teaching Staff Scales grade 4 or 5 (£29,799 and £47,722) depending on experience. The salary may progress annually, subject to performance. 
  • The linking of the Fellowship to an established academic post, subject to performance against a high quality threshold and the continued right to work in the UK.
  • Additional funding for research costs, up to £25,000 per annum.
  • Additional childcare costs of up to £5,000 per annum where appropriate.
  • The opportunity to spend periods of time at University of Nottingham Campuses in China and Malaysia.
  • Participation in a mentoring scheme and career development programme.

Place of Tenure: The University of Nottingham 

Length of Tenure: Three years guaranteed, with a link to a permanent academic post, subject to performance

Eligibility: Candidates must have been awarded their PhD. You must have had no more than eight years full-time postdoctoral experience from the date of award of the PhD, not counting periods for career breaks. If you are concerned about your eligibility, please contact us to discuss.

For more information on our beacons of excellence please see:

Further information: For further information and details of how to apply, please see: 

Please note: you must discuss your application with the relevant Beacon of Excellence team. Please use the links from the Beacon Fellowship pages above for more details. We recommend sending a CV and covering email to discuss your research proposal before submitting an application. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 11 May 2018. Applications should be submitted to by 5pm on the deadline day. Interviews will be held in early June 2018.