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Beacon fellowships

Join our research leaders of tomorrow. Opportunities are available to become a Nottingham or Anne McLaren Research Fellow in our world-class research Beacons of Excellence.

This web page will be updated as more opportunities become available.

We have a long-standing reputation for transformative, world-class research. Our pioneering, multidisciplinary and collaborative approach delivers sutainable solutions to global challenges.

Nottingham is making an unparalleled investment in both our research and our people, which will further enhance our international standing as one of the UK's powerhouses for transformative research.

As part of this investment, the University is investing in six Beacons of Excellence, which will champion our field-leading responses to global challenges, and recruiting 100 Nottingham and Anne McLaren Research Fellows by the end of 2020, a proportion of which will support the research programmes of the Beacons.

This recruitment opportunity combines these two key themes, inviting applications for Nottingham and Anne McLaren Research Fellowships to support our Beacons of Excellence. Beacon fellows will be supported to develop an independent research career, whilst actively contributing to the aims of the Beacon research programme.

Please note, this opportunity is separate to our recruitment for the standard Nottingham and Anne McLaren Research Fellowships - for more details on this please click here.

Current opportunities

We will be recruiting fellows for all of our Beacons of Excellence, with recruitment rounds running throughout the year. Please continue to check here for current opportunities.

The deadline for the current recruitment round is 5pm Monday 4 December 2017.


Propulsion Futures

Driving the discovery and translation of new materials, components and technologies to drive innovative electrified propulsion systems in this new age of sustainable transport. Click here to find out more about the Propulsion Futures Beacon.

Currently available opportunities:

  • Advanced materials and nanostructures for energy generation and storage
  • Modelling and simulation of materials for applications such as the electrodes in fuel cells, batteries and materials employed in hydrogen capture and storage
 
Precision Imaging

Driving the discovery and translation of new imaging tools which will transform non-invasive diagnosis, improve the outcomes for patients, and better evaluate the success of medical interventions. Click here to find out more about the Precision Imaging Beacon.

Currently available opportunities:

  • Biotyping Brain Diseases
  • Imaging-based Neuromodulation
  • MR Spectroscopy
 
Rights Lab

Delivering the world’s first large-scale research agenda for defeating slavery, which places Nottingham at the forefront of the UK’s pledge to lead this global fight. Click here to find out more about the Rights Lab Beacon.

Currently available opportunities

  • Opportunities for this beacon will be publicised in our next recruitment round
 
Future Food

Addressing the Challenge of feeding a growing population in a changing world. Click here to find out more about the Future Food Beacon.

Currently available opportunities

  • Opportunities for this beacon will be publicised in our next recruitment round
 
Green Chemicals

Harnessing the power of the genome to reprogramme microorganisms to transform materials at a cellular level, discovering carbon-neutral solutions for a sustainable future. Click here to find out more about the Green Chemicals Beacon.

Currently available opportunities

  • Opportunities for this beacon will be publicised in 2018
 
Smart Industrial Systems

Working towards smart production of smart products. Click here to find out more about the Smart Industrial Systems Beacon.

Currently available opportunities

  • Opportunities for this beacon will be publicised in 2018
 

 

To find out more about our six Beacons of Excellence, please click here.

Further information

Eligibility

Candidates must have been awarded their PhD prior to the expression of interest submission date, and should have no more than 8 years of post-doctoral experience following the award of their PhD. Career breaks such as maternity leave, EU national service, and Voluntary Service Overseas can be discounted. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us to discuss.

Candidates for the Anne McLaren Fellowships must be pursuing a career in a STEM subject. Female scholars are typically under-represented in STEM subjects and female applicants are strongly encouraged.

Candidates for the Nottingham Research Fellowships can be from any academic discipline across the University.

Candidates for Beacon fellowships (which can be either Anne McLaren or Nottingham Research Fellowships) must deliver research which contributes to the research programme of the Beacon of Excellence they wish to work with.  Applications must relate to the specific thematic area as advertised in the recruitment round they are applying to.

Candidates must demonstrate experience sufficient to confirm their ability to complete the proposed programme of work.

The University of Nottingham will act as sponsor for any candidate who does not have the right to work in the UK.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • An outstanding track record of research including high-quality publications, research funding and/or prizes and awards 
  • Evidence of a growing reputation, both nationally and internationally
  • An aptitude to lead and inspire others within the research team and institution more broadly
  • Potential to act as an ambassador in their research field and more widely

Part-time appointments will be considered on a pro-rata basis.

Individuals who have been promised or already have a permanent position are considered to have achieved the aims of the scheme already.

 

What’s included?

Each fellowship offers:

  • Three years independent funding, to conduct research while based at the University of Nottingham
  • Competitive salary between £29,799 and £47,722 (Level 4 or 5 R&T) dependent on experience
  • The linking of the Fellowship to an indefinite academic post, subject to performance against a high-quality threshold and the continued right to work in the UK1
  • Additional funding for research expenses up to £25,000 per annum
  • Additional childcare costs of up to £5000 per annum where appropriate
  • Relocation expenses of up to £1500
  • The opportunity to spend periods of time at the University of Nottingham campuses in Malaysia and China
  • Participation in a mentoring scheme and career development programme

1 Subject to performance and meeting objectives defined in the Performance Development Review Process (PDPR) which reports to Research Board. Please check individual requirements with the school which you are applying to.

 

How to Apply

The application process for this scheme is a four-stage process.

  • Submit your application to fellowships@nottingham.ac.uk by 5pm on Monday 4 December 2017
  • We strongly recommend that you discuss your proposal with the relevant Beacon Director/ Beacon Operations Manager. Initial enquiries should be made through the fellowships@nottingham.ac.uk email address. Please indicate the Beacon and thematic area you wish to apply to 
  • Following submission of your application, external reviews will be sought and shortlisted candidates will be invited to interviews in early January 2018
 

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a Beacon fellowship and the standard Nottingham Research and Anne McLaren Fellowships?

As a beacon fellow you will receive the same benefits and package as for the standard Nottingham Research and Anne McLaren Fellowship. The core difference is that fellows who are recruited to a Beacon of Excellence will be expected to contribute to the research programme of that Beacon. Recruitment to the beacons is also undertaken in a different way, due to the need to identify thematic areas of research which contribute to the needs of the Beacon. The recruitment is shortened as there is no requirement for an expression of Interest form for beacon fellows.

Should I make contact with the Beacon Director before I submit an application?

We recommend that all candidates discuss their application with the relevant Beacon Director.  All contact should be made via the fellowships@nottingham.ac.uk email address. Please indicate the Beacon and thematic area you wish to apply to. 

Where will I be based at the end of the fellowship?

As for standard Nottingham Research and Anne McLaren Fellowships, on successful transition to a permanent post you will be based within a School in the University. The relevant school will have been identified at the application stage and relevant Heads of School will be included on the interview panel.

Regarding eligibility, what does ‘no more than 8 years of post-doctoral experience following the award of a PhD’ mean?

The award of PhD refers to the viva; all applicants should have no more than eight years’ total contracted employment in an academic role between the date of their viva (not the date of PhD graduate ceremony) and the deadline for the submission of applications. This equates to 96 months. That period does not include periods of maternity leave, military service, other national service, or unemployment. If you feel that you are close to the cut-off point of 96 months, please carefully calculate your periods of contracted work, discounting any periods when you are not working on the application form. Set out details of each contracted period of work (preferably chronologically). If you are concerned about your eligibility please contact us to discuss.

Do I have to have been awarded my PhD to be able to apply?

Yes, you must have been awarded your PhD prior to the application deadline of Monday 4 December 2017. 

Are master students eligible to apply?

No – you must have been awarded your PhD to apply.

How do I apply?

Submit your application to fellowships@nottingham.ac.uk by 5pm on Monday 4 December 2017

Do I need to submit a CV with my application?

No, we have captured all of the areas against which candidates are assessed on the expression of interest and application forms. All decision-making is based on this information. When discussing your potential application with the beacon director you may wish to submit a CV to aid discussions.

What is counted in the word limit on the application form?

It includes all of the words you write but excludes references.

What is included in the fellowship appointment?

The package includes three years’ salary on salary scales R&T 4 or 5 depending on experience, up to £25K additional research costs, up to £5k taxable childcare costs, and up to £1500 removal expenses. The fellowship is linked to a permanent academic post subject to performance against a high-quality threshold, and the continued right to work in the UK. All fellows will participate in a mentoring scheme and have the opportunity to participate in a career development programme.

Can I hold a Beacon Nottingham Research Fellowship/Anne McLaren Fellowship in conjunction with another personal fellowship?

In principle, yes, as long as it is within the terms and conditions of the second funder. Such instances are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to discuss your circumstances further, please email fellowships@nottingham.ac.uk

Are all six Beacons of Excellence recruiting fellows?

All Beacons will recruit fellows, but not all at the same time. We will run recruitment rounds throughout the year and will post new opportunities in specified thematic areas when available. 

Do I need to have a PGCHE?

No. We want research to be the primary focus of fellowships, but during the first year of your permanent academic post you will have the opportunity to complete a PGCHE.

I would need a visa for my fellowship. What do I do?

For successful candidates who require a visa to work in the UK, the University of Nottingham will act as sponsor for a tier two visa application. In order to move onto a permanent academic contract, successful candidates will also require the right to work in the UK.

Will I get feedback on my application?

Those who are unsuccessful at the:

  • Full application stage will receive feedback from the shortlisting panel.
  • Interview stage will receive feedback from the interview panel.

When will the results be known?

Applicants will be invited to interview in late December/early January. 

Can I apply for the fellowships if I am based at another university?

Yes, the schemes are open to internal and external candidates.

Do I need a letter of support from the Beacon?

Should you be shortlisted for interview, we will ask the Beacon Director to provide a supporting statement.

Do you pay travel expenses?

Yes, if you are invited to interview, and within the bounds of the University interview expenses policy. If you are an overseas candidate selected for interview, we would require you to come to the UK for interview. However, we are able to provide travel, subsistence and accommodation expenses, within reason. These are normally restricted to approx. £600 for a flight, and one night of accommodation, but for long haul flights we can offer more on a case by case basis.

 

What makes a successful candidate?

Our beacon fellows are expected to meet the same high quality threshold as all Nottingham and Anne McLaren Research Fellows. For more details on what makes a good candidate please click here.

 
 

 

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