Calling all outstanding early career researchers

Post-doctoral Career Development Fellowship

 

The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre invites applications from outstanding early career mental health researchers wishing to establish themselves with a research project team working in translational and experimental medicine. The award will allow the time for the post-holder to apply for their first full fellowship grant whilst based with a research team at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN). The exact location of the post will depend on the particular project and academic sponsor that candidates apply to work with.

The aim of this guidance is to explain the scheme and what potential applicants will need to do before they apply.  The application deadline is Wednesday 12th February 2020 (23:59)


What is the purpose of these fellowships?

The aim of this post is to enable outstanding early career mental health researchers to contribute to the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre’s translational and experimental medicine remit, whilst establishing their own independent career.  The fellowship provides salary and limited non-pay costs for a maximum of 12 months in order to allow the fellow to commence a preliminary research programme, receive further advanced research training and move towards independence as a researcher. The fellowship will enhance the applicant’s potential when competing for a career development award from external funders including the NIHR, Wellcome Trust and MRC.


Eligibility

To apply for this post, candidates must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Be in the final stages of writing up and intending to submit their thesis within 3 months of the closing date of this call
  2. Have submitted their thesis and are awaiting their viva or are making corrections
  3. Have passed their viva and been awarded their PhD within the 12 months prior to the closing date of this call


Scope of fellowship funding

Salary: The fellowship will cover full salary costs at KCL salary Grade 5 (Grade 6 upon post-holder’s receipt of confirmation of award of their doctorate).

Non-pay costs: Funding is available to support the fellow with the cost of additional training, presenting at conferences and reasonable project costs:

  • Funding is available to support presentation at a maximum of two conferences, one of which may be outside the UK. The funding will cover conference registration; travel; accommodation and poster printing costs.
  • Funding cannot be used to purchase computer equipment; this includes desktop computers, laptops; tablets; mobile/smart phone devices.
  • Funding cannot be used to purchase office stationery.

The post holder will be employed by King’s College London on a fixed term contract for a maximum of 12 months (minimum 6 months). The post is full-time for 35 hours per week. Applications for part-time hours to a minimum of 40% FTE will be considered.


The application process

Before applying, potential applicants must approach potential academic sponsors and agree a position with their team prior to applying for the post.  Typically, the academic sponsor will be the line manager for the post-holder for the duration of the fellowship.  The academic sponsor must be an established PI who is based in a department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) or the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s College London.

In liaison with the academic sponsor, the applicant should identify a research mentor who will provide additional support as the fellow progresses to the next stage of their career.  The research mentor can be someone who is external to the IoPPN / King’s College London.

Projects must fit the remit of the NIHR Maudsley BRC’s research priorities focused around novel treatments, precision medicine, translational informatics and mental-physical health.

Projects must also fit at least one of the Maudsley BRC’s research themes

Applicants must complete and submit the King's College London on-line application form and upload the documents listed below.

For applications to be considered, the following 5 documents must be uploaded in the order given to accompany the online application for this post:

  1. Covering letter (maximum of 2 pages) to include:
    • Your current situation with regard to the submission/award of your PhD, with dates, including planned start date for the fellowship if awarded
    • An explanation of how you would use this to prepare for the next stage of your research career, including transition to independence
    • Explanation of choice of host research department and academic sponsor. Typically, the academic sponsor will be the line manager of the post-holder.
    • The name of a research mentor (not your academic sponsor) who will provide additional support as you progress to the next stage of your research career
    • Information about existing or planned future fellowship or other funding applications
    • The covering letter should also clearly explain, with evidence, how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification.
  1. CV (including names and contact details of 2 referees, one of whom should be your primary PhD supervisor). The CV should include the DOI of all publications. Publications that have been submitted, are in revision or are in preparation should be listed separately. Where you are not first or corresponding author on a paper, please explain, in a few lines, your contribution to the paper and the work reported.
  1. Letter of support from proposed academic sponsor.

  2. Outline of the proposed research programme (maximum of 4 pages). To include:
    • The primary research question being addressed and aims
    • Details of the project including methods
    • Resources required for the project and evidence that you will have access to these
    • Any training plans for the period of the fellowship
    • Details of how you will involve patients and/or carers in the planning and delivery of your research
    • Your plans for disseminating your research (including the outcomes from your PhD) to patients and the public
    • Timeline including your research and further funding applications.
    • Budget for non-pay costs including training and reasonable project costs*. All expenditure must be in accordance with King’s College London Finance regulations

Funding is available to support presentation at a maximum of two conferences, one of which may be outside the UK. The funding will cover conference registration; travel; accommodation and poster printing costs.  Subsistence costs will not be covered by this funding.

* Funding cannot be used to purchase computer equipment; this includes desktop computers, laptops; tablets; mobile/smart phone devices.

* Funding cannot be used to purchase office stationery.

  1. Completed sheet indicating which Maudsley BRC research themes and priorities the project will meet.

 

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 12th February 2020 (23.59 hrs). 

Interviews are scheduled for the morning of Wednesday 25th March 2020.

 

Applications must be submitted via the King's College London on-line application system. 

The full job pack and link to the application system is available on the King's College London website.

For further information please contact Julia Wootley, Maudsley BRC Training & Capacity Development Manager:

Julia.wootley@kcl.ac.uk  0207 848 0745