Early Career Research Fellowship programme - applications now closed

The Centre's Early Career Research Fellowship programme is a new initiative designed to attract into the Centre exceptional candidates in the early stages of their careers. This post is full time for a fixed term of up to 36 months.


The programme will provide a unique opportunity for early-career scientists working in the broad area of environment and health to develop their own competitive, independent research programmes in a supportive, multi-disciplinary environment. The fellowship programme is designed as a platform to apply for subsequent intermediate fellowships and similar career progressing schemes. 

We intend to recruit, train and develop the next generation of future research and policy leaders from these key and related disciplines:

  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Molecular Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics, Computational Biology, Data Science, and Bioinformatics
  • Small Area Health Statistics, Spatial Epidemiology, and GIS
  • Exposure Sciences
  • Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences
  • Analytical Sciences (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, adductomics)
  • Mechanistic Toxicology

There are no teaching and administrative obligations, and the appointee will be provided with reasonable funds to cover research costs.

As part of the application process, applicants must submit a proposal for their own independent research project. Proposals will be judged on the basis of scientific merit, track record of the applicant and potential for development of an independent research programme in the broad area of environment and health.

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent in one of the key or related areas listed above, and should be in the early stages of their research career. For more on eligibility, please see below.

The fellowship programme will be based either at Imperial College London and/or King's College London. For further information please contact Dr Elizabeth Hayes (e.hayes@imperial.ac.uk). 

Application Guidance

The job description and person specification is available here, and on the Imperial College online system.

Applicants should complete and submit the following through Imperial College’s online iRecruitment system (http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/employment, please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number SM108-16AL into “Keywords”):

  1. Early Career Research Fellow Project Proposal Form. Note that Section 2 should not exceed six pages of A4.
  2. A copy of your CV, using the CV template provided (maximum two pages), and including a list of publications (additional one page maximum). 
  3. Imperial College London’s online iRecruitment Application Form

Application closing date: 26 June 2016 (midnight BST)

Interviews date: week commencing 18 July 2016. Candidates are expected to attend the interview in person and give a 10 minute presentation about their chosen area of research.


Research Proposal

The research proposal is an important part of the application process, and applicants will be assessed on the quality of their research proposal, its relevance to the Centre, and the potential of the applicant to develop an independent research career.

Applicants should identify a potential mentor from within the Centre, based on their own research interests. Primary mentors should come from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial, King’s College London or NHLI. Inclusion of additional mentors from across the Centre is welcome, and these may be from any Centre location. Applicants should formulate their own research proposal and approach potential mentors to discuss before applying. It is recommended that Centre members are contacted at least four weeks before the deadline, to allow adequate time for response, and to be able to produce a competitive research proposal.

The research proposal should be prepared according to the guidance in the Early Career Research Fellow Project Proposal Form.

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  • Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant discipline, or expect to do so by the time they take up the award.
  • The fellowships are targeted at early career researchers, and are designed to bridge the gap in training between doctoral studies and intermediate/senior fellowships and independent research. Applicants with more than four years’ postdoctoral experience should contact Dr Elizabeth Hayes (e.hayes@imperial.ac.uk), the Centre’s Scientific Manager, beforehand to ascertain whether this fellowship is suitable for their stage of career. When contacting the Centre, please include a CV and a cover letter explaining why you consider your experience makes you suitable for this fellowship.
  • Career breaks, part-time working and changes in discipline will be taken into account when assessing research experience to date and track record.
  • Successful candidates must commence their fellowships no later than tbc.
  • International candidates are invited to apply for this fellowship programme, subject to normal visa requirements.