Centre's Fellowship Programme

The Centre’s Early Career Fellowship Programme is funded by the MRC, and is designed to attract into the environment and health sciences exceptional candidates seeking their first postdoctoral position or with postdoctoral experience.

We welcome applicants from key underpinning disciplines such as:

  • 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


Successful candidates are expected to develop their own competitive, independent research programmes within the tenure of the fellowship. Specifically, within the first 18 months of the fellowship, the appointee is expected to develop and submit to the major funders a coherent and competitive research proposal for a mid-career fellowship.

The programme provides a unique opportunity for early-career scientists to develop the skills needed to meet future research challenges in the environment and health arena, thus broadening and strengthening the discipline both nationally and internationally. The Centre provides a supportive, multi-disciplinary environment at the leading areas of research in the environment and health sciences to take forward this innovative programme.


The fellowship supports the full salary costs of the appointee plus reasonable research expenses for up to three years. The fellowship programme will be based either at Imperial College London or/and King's College London but there are opportunities for the appointee to spend some time at another institution for training purposes.


Candidates will be assessed based on the quality of the research proposal, their potential to develop an independent research career, and the standing of the applicant (as demonstrated by the extent to which they meet the personal criteria in the job description).


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 31 March 2016.
  • International candidates are invited to apply for this fellowship programme, subject to normal visa requirements.


Our preferred method of application is online via our website at http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/employment (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number SM178-15AL.


Application Guidance

Applicants should complete and submit the following through Imperial College’s online iRecruitment Application Form:

  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, and including a list of publications. Note that the combined CV and list of publications should not exceed three pages of A4.
  3. Imperial College London’s online iRecruitment Application Form


Application closing date: 23rd September 2015

Interviews to be held 21-22nd October 2015


Candidates are expected to attend the interview in person and give a 10 minute presentation about their chosen area of research.

For further information and an informal discussion about the fellowship programme please contact the Centre’s Scientific Manager, Dr Elizabeth Hayes (e.hayes@imperial.ac.uk)


Application Checklist

  • Formulate your own research proposal based on the research areas of the Centre, and identify potential mentors.
  • Contact Centre members to discuss your research proposal before submission. It is recommended that you contact potential mentors at least four weeks prior to the application deadline, to allow sufficient time for them to respond.
  • Submit your application using the Imperial College online iRecruitment system, making sure to attach:



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