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.

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 2022, 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.

This opportunity is runs in parallel to our recruitment for the standard Nottingham and Anne McLaren Research Fellowships. Beacon fellow appointment can through our standard recruitment rounds, but opportunities are also available at other points in the year.  Please check this page for updates

Current Beacon of Excellence opportunities

The current list of opportunities within the beacons are outlined below.

Updates will be made to this page as more opportunities become available, with fellowship panels scheduled several times per year.

Before submitting an application you must discuss your proposed application with the relevant beacon director/team, providing a CV and covering email outlining your proposed research. See individual beacon details below for contact details.

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.  Find out more about the Precision Imaging Beacon.

Please contact in the first instance.

Currently available opportunities

  • Clinical MR Imaging Research (Academic Radiologist or Clinical Academic with special interest in advanced MRI)
  • Artificial intelligence in medical imaging 
  • MR Physics (Ultrahigh-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Dynamic Nuclear Polarisation, MR Spectroscopy)
  • Innovative neuromodulation therapies
  • Predictive biomarker modelling (jointly with the Health Data Research Group)

How to apply

  • Contact the beacon team to discuss your proposal
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. Find out more about the Propulsion Futures Beacon.

Please contact in the first instance.

Currently available opportunities

    • High Voltage Technologies 
    • Mechanical and Electromagnetic design of high performance Electrical Machines
    • Insulation materials and design
    • High performance electrical drives
    • Inorganic photovoltaics
    • Thermoelectric phenomena  
    • Hydrogen storage and generation
    • Epitaxial growth
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. Find out more about the Rights Lab Beacon.

Please contact in the first instance. 

Future Food


Addressing the Challenge of feeding a growing population in a changing world. Find out more about the Future Food Beacon. If you are interested in any of the opportunities below please contact in the first instance. 

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. Find out more about the Green Chemicals Beacon.

View our current opportunities


Smart Products


Working towards smart production of smart products. Find out more about the Smart Products Beacon. Please contact in the first instance.

Currently available opportunities

Opportunities for this Beacon will be publicised shortly.


Further information

For information on eligibility, what the offer is, and frequently asked questions, please go to the information provided on our Nottingham fellowships page.

For information on how to apply for a beacon fellowship, please contact

We are currently updating information on eligibility, how to apply and other frequently asked questions - please check back on this section soon.

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