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Research Fellow - King’s Prize Fellowship

London (Central), London (Greater)
£51,174 - £60,221 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
12 Jan 2024

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Applications are invited for the prestigious King’s College London Prize Fellowships. These fellowships seek to recruit outstanding postdoctoral basic or translational scientists who are looking to establish their own independent research careers. These awards will provide a generous salary plus running expenses (c£20K) for 24 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 post will be offered on a fixed term contract for 24 months.

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent.

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 draft and submit papers to appropriate peer reviewed journals.   
  • To prepare and submit 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 your 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

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

Desirable criteria

  1. Prizes or distinctions 
  2. 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 page). The cover letter should give an indication of fellowship applications planned or pending. 
  • Résumé for Researcher (2 pages). This should answer the following questions: 
  1. How have you contributed to the generation of knowledge?
  2. How have you contributed to the development of individuals?
  3. How have you contributed to the wider research community?
  4. 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 relevant Head of Department that they would host the fellowship if successful (any length)    

Please combine these attachments into a single document and upload it in the recruitment system.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held in the week beginning the 4th of March 2024.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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