Independent 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 Department of Biology at the University of York can offer an attractive support package for holders of independent fellowships in strategically important areas of research. Successful applicants could receive an additional two years of support at the end of a five year fellowship or an additional one year at the end of a three year fellowship. The Department has a track record of fellows being appointed to academic posts and proleptic appointments will be considered for exceptional candidates. The University of York provides an attractive, collaborative and supportive research environment for independent fellows to develop their research and their academic career. If you are planning a fellowship application or currently hold a fellowship please contact Professor Jennifer Potts (

We can offer:

  • The chance to be part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary department (Research Excellence assessment 2014 has again placed Biology at York in the Top 10 in the UK; 1st for impact outside academia - our research has had major influence on environmental policy, industry and health; demonstrates our strengths across the biological sciences: from ecology to biochemistry, biotechnology and biomedical sciences
  • Independent Research Fellows in the Department of Biology are guaranteed an interview for any suitable lectureship vacancy. Proleptic appointments will be considered for outstanding candidates in fields in which there is a key strategic research and/or teaching need.
  • 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 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 gold Athena Swan award for our support of women in science – see
  • An attractive campus environment 2 km from the centre of one of the most beautiful cities in Britain.

    For more information please contact Jennifer Potts (, Chair of Research Committee.

    Current and past Fellows in York Biology
    Dr William Brackenbury
    MRC Career Development Fellow
    Dr Elva Robinson
    Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow
    Daniela Barilla
    MRC New Investigator
    Paul Pryor
    Wellcome Trust Career Development Research Fellow
    Angela Hodge
    BBSRC David Philips Research Fellow
    Dr Antony Dodd
    Royal Society University Research Fellow

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