Early Career Research Fellowship programme - applications now closed

The Centre's Early Career Research Fellowship programme is designed to attract into the Centre exceptional candidates in the early stages of their careers. Fellowships are for up to three years, and come with a support grant to help develop your indepedent research programme.

Closing date 19 February 2017, Interviews 21 March 2017

The programme provides 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. 

Key and related disciplines include:

  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Respiratory 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

There are no teaching or administrative obligations and the appointee is provided with reasonable funds to cover research costs.

During the application process, applicants submit a proposal for their own independent research project. Proposals are 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.

These fellowships will be based at Imperial College London, in either the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (two posts) or National Heart and Lung Institute (one post). For further information please contact Dr Elizabeth Hayes (e.hayes@imperial.ac.uk). 

Application Guidance

The job description and person specification is available here

Applicants must apply using the Imperial College online iRecruitment system (http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/employment, and attach the following documents:

  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


Research Proposal

The research proposal is an important part of the application process and applicants are 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 must be Centre members from either the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics or NHLI at Imperial College London. Inclusion of additional mentors from across the Centre is welcomed 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.
  • International candidates are invited to apply for this fellowship programme, subject to normal visa requirements.