Research Fellowships at York

Independent research fellowships are a stepping stone between post-doctoral and lectureship positions.  They are an excellent way to make the transition to independence because they give time to establish a research programme before taking on a lectureship with all the associated teaching and administrative responsibilities. 

The mechanism we have put in place here in the Department of Biology is to hold an annual Independent Research Fellows recruitment event. The event is advertised, inviting those considering applying for fellowships and those already holding fellowships to visit, tour the facilities, meet relevant members of the department and consider York as a host for their fellowships.

We can offer:

  • The chance to be part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary department (equal 1st for world-leading output among broad-spectrum Bioscience Departments in the last RAE).
  • The chance to join a diverse community of Independent Fellows. Current Fellows in Biology are:
    Will Brackenbury - MRC Career Development Award
    Antony Dodd - Royal Society University Research Fellowship
    Dan Franks - RCUK
    Elva Robinson - Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship
    Jennifer Rowntree - NERC Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Jamie Wood - RCUK
  • Superb research facilities including the innovative Technology Facility, housing more than £8M of state-of-the-art equipment in key technologies - see 
  • Opportunities to develop multidisciplinary interactions within Biology and other departments with which we have strong links (eg Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Environment, Health Sciences and HYMS).
  • Mentorship and, for those who do not already hold a fellowship, assistance from an experienced member of staff in preparing an application.
  • Opportunities to develop academic skills, for example you will be eligible to apply for department studentships.
  • A supportive environment. The department’s values of collegiality, openness and flexibility benefit all its researchers and has gained us a silver Athena Swan award for our support of women in science – see
  • An expanding University which won Times Higher Education University of the Year 2010.
  • An attractive campus environment 2 km from the centre of one of the most beautiful cities in Britain.

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