King’s Prize Fellowship, including the Professor Anthony Mellows Medal and Fellowship

London (Greater) (GB)
09 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
15 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

King’s Prize Fellowship, including the Professor Anthony Mellows Medal and Fellowship 

Job ID: 015124

Salary: £46,292- £54,534 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance

Posted: 05-Feb-2021

Closing date: 15-Mar-2021

Business unit: Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department: Health Faculty Central Admin

Contact details: Christopher Bird ,

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Job description
Applications are invited for the prestigious King's College London Prize Fellowships, supported by the Wellcome Trust and The Anthony and Elizabeth Mellows Charitable Settlement.

These fellowships seek to recruit outstanding postdoctoral basic or translational scientists who are looking to establish their own independent research careers. These prestigious awards will provide a generous salary plus running expenses (c£15K) for 18 months. They will enable appointees to establish their own research programme at King's and to compete for intermediate-level post-doctoral fellowships from Research Councils, the Wellcome Trust and other funders. The awards may be held in any part of King's College London but must be focused on biomedical or health-related research.

This is a full-time post, a fixed-term contract for 18 months.

Key responsibilities

  • To design and conduct a range of experiments in relation to the project.
  • To prepare and present findings of research activity to colleagues for review purposes.
  • To undertake the drafting and submitting of papers to appropriate peer reviewed journals.
  • To undertake the preparation and submission of future research funding applications.
  • To contribute to the overall activity of the research team and department as required.
  • To hold responsibility for ensuring that equipment is safe and maintained in working order and assist with laboratory upkeep.
  • To comply at all times with the requirements of the Health and Safety regulations with responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of others in the working environment
  • To ensure confidentiality on all matters and information obtained during the course of employment.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post. 

Skills, knowledge, and experience
Essential criteria

  • Higher degree (MD, PhD or equivalent) in a relevant subject area: must have submitted PhD thesis before taking up the post
  • Demonstration of understanding of, and commitment to, an academic career
  • Evidence of team working skills
  • Demonstration of the potential for scientific independence and the ability to lead a research team
  • Significant publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Potential to become a leader in chosen field

Desirable criteria

  • Prizes or distinctions
  • Postdoctoral research experience in an internationally renowned laboratory (we would normally expect at least 3 years postdoctoral experience).

Further information
Applications should be made via the King's recruitment system and must include:

  • Cover letter (1 pages). The cover letter should give an indication of fellowship applications planned or pending.
  • Résumé for Researcher (2 pages). This should answer the following questions:'How have you contributed to the generation of knowledge?','How have you contributed to the development of individuals?','How have you contributed to the wider research community?', and 'How have you contributed to broader society?'

See here for more information about these questions:
A template is also available to download from the Royal Society.

  • CV (including 2 referees) including full list of publications (any length)
  • Outline of the proposed research programme (4 pages)
  • Explanation of choice of host Research Department and academic sponsor (1 page)
  • Letter of support from proposed academic sponsor including confirmation from the Head of department would host the fellowship if successful (any length)

The closing date for applications is 15th March 2021. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held in between 19th April - 10th May. Successful applicants will be required to start by 30th Sept 2021 at the latest.

At King's, we are deeply committed to embedding good equality and diversity practice into all of our activities. We encourage applications for our Fellowships from across the research community and all appointments are made solely on merit. In recognition of the under-representation of black and minority ethnic academics in academia, we particularly welcome applications from these groups.

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