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Centre Fellowships

University of Birmingham - College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine

Job Status: Full time, fixed term for 3 years
Closing Date: 1st September 2019. 

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year

A two day assessment centre will be run on 23rd and 24th September 2019; successful applicants will be required to attend on both days. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. 

Up to four 3 year research fellowships are available to facilitate further growth of the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine. A new strategic activity of the University of Birmingham, the Centre is a group of innovators with backgrounds in mathematics, computer science and physics who are excited by tackling research challenges from biology, biomedicine and the clinic. Housed within the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, our integration within a medical school presents unique opportunities for us to bring communities together and to solve pressing healthcare challenges. 

Centre Fellows are critical roles for the success of our interdisciplinary ethos. They present a fantastic opportunity to make the transition towards independent researcher within a highly dynamic environment, where seamlessly working across disciplines and with end-users is key. We can offer you an exciting role where you will be able to pursue your own research interests as well as to work with researchers across our University, Hospital and Industry ecosystem to co-develop exciting new projects of biomedical and clinical significance, for which approaches from mathematics, physics and data science are crucial to their solution. 

These unique roles comprise two main parts to which you will devote your time equally: 

  1. You will develop your own programme of research in areas aligned to the focus of the Centre;
  2. You will co-create and develop new and emerging areas of interdisciplinary research, leading to new research collaborations that transcend quantitative, biomedical and clinical disciplines. This will include pump priming projects, training and mentoring of students and academic colleagues, engaged research with members of the public and partnership development with key stakeholders. 

At present we are seeking individuals with a strong background in one or more of dynamical systems, complex networks, continuum mechanics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, data analytics and visualisation, advanced imaging, diagnostics and decision support. If you are curiosity driven, seeking to further develop your quantitative skills and want to tackle some of the most pressing healthcare and societal challenges, then we want to hear from you. 

Candidates will need to:

  • Hold a relevant first degree or masters in a quantitative discipline (e.g. Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics Chemistry, Engineering or closely related discipline)
  • Hold a PhD in a quantitative discipline (e.g. Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics Chemistry, Engineering or closely related discipline)

Ideally with some postdoctoral experience already, you will receive strong support for developing your own independent programme of research, ultimately leading to personal fellowship funding. To facilitate this you will be given protected time to pursue your own research interests, as well as being automatically enrolled into our developing leaders programme. 14 graduates of this programme have secured their own personal fellowships over the past 3 years. This represents a success rate of over 80%. Further, through its Birmingham Fellows scheme, the University has a strong track-record of transitioning independent research fellowship holders into permanent academic careers. 

To apply for the role applicants must submit: 

  • a detailed letter of application which explains how each of the essential criteria for the role, as detailed within the ‘Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience Required’ section, are satisfied;
  • a two-page summary of the research they plan to undertake within the Centre;
  • a recent publication that best reflects their skills and experience alongside a brief narrative describing its impact. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the University of Birmingham on 23rd and 24th September to attend an assessment centre for the roles. Due to the nature of the recruitment process, please ensure you are available to attend in person on these dates. Reasonable expenses for attending will be reimbursed. 

In addition to the above positions, we further welcome enquiries from individuals with a strong quantitative background who already hold an independent Fellowship and would like to further their career within the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine. In this particular situation, candidates are encouraged in the first instance to contact Professor John Terry ( for a confidential discussion.

Please see the full advert for details of how to apply, including main duties and the knowledge, skills and qualifications required. 

The closing date for applications is 1st September 2019. [We reserve the right to close this vacancy early once a sufficient number of applications have been received.] 

The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunity employer.

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below or visit Please quote Job Ref 81414 in all enquiries. 

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609 With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent, Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th July 2019
Closes: 1st September 2019
Job Ref: 81414
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