UKRI Innovation / Rutherford Fund Fellowships - closing date 19 October 2017

The UKRI Innovation / Rutherford Fund Fellowships are a clinical and non-clinical research training programme in toxicology and clinical pharmacology. The training programme is a collaboration between the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, the MRC Toxicology Unit at Leicester and the MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science at Liverpool. 


We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Post-doctoral Fellowship Training Programme suitable for scientists looking for an opportunity to broaden experience and develop cross-disciplinary skills. Six clinical/non-clinical Fellowships are available on this unique, collaborative research training programme, which will provide novel training and research opportunities in fundamental mechanistic toxicology, exposure modelling, exposomics and clinical pharmacology/drug safety. The MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health is now inviting applications for two Fellowships to this programme.  

The programme will be jointly administered by three establishments (two Fellows based at each Centre), these will be the MRC Toxicology Unit (MRC-TU Leicester), the MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science (MRC-CDSS, University of Liverpool) and the MRC-Public Health England (PHE) Centre for Environment & Health (MRC-PHE CEH, Imperial College and King’s College London). The scheme brings together combined scientific expertise of staff from the participating Institutions in toxicological, environmental and pharmacology to provide an exciting new framework for research, training and interaction with industry. Each Fellowship will be allocated to a host institution. Projects will be joint between two of the three Centres with approximately 3-6 months being spent at the partner Centre, this will ensure that Fellows benefit from the varied working environments and facilities on offer to enable the acquisition of a wide-ranging applied skills set.

On completion of a Fellowship, individuals will be highly competitive to apply for Senior Fellowships and establish independent research programmes.

Examples of possible projects include studies into toxicities associated with;

 i) nanofibre (e.g. carbon nanotube) exposure (MRC-TU, CEH-PHE), ii) pathways that link sodium excretion, blood pressure and cardiovascular disease (CEH-PHE, MRC-TU), iii) immune check-point inhibitors (CDSS, MRC-TU), iv) alcohol liver disease (CEH-CDSS).

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with considerable experience of innovative molecular research.  You must hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and have published in a peer reviewed journal. Full GMC Registration is required for clinical candidates. Experience of molecular toxicology/pharmacology would be a distinct advantage. Applications from both non-clinical and clinical candidates are welcome. Candidates may be based at Imperial College or King’s College.

The fellowship is full time and fixed term up to 31st March 2021.

As the clinical post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required for the successful candidate. Further information about the DBS disclosure process can be found at or by telephoning 0870 90 90 811. You may also wish to view the College’s policy statements on the Recruitment and Employment of Ex-Offenders and the Secure Storage, Use, Retention & Disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure Information.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website at (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 SM122-17AL. Applications should also include a CV; contact details of two referees and a one-page proposal describing the project you would like to undertake.

Candidates who wish to be based primarily at the MRC Toxicology Unit or the MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science should apply directly to those organisations. A coordinated recruitment exercise will take place. Please note that closing dates may differ by a few days - you must meet the deadline of your host organisation to be considered.

MRC Toxicology Unit advert - - closes 10 October 2017

MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science advert - - closes 11 October 2017

MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health - - closes 19 October 2017