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Important information

Applications now closed

Applications should be sent to Dr Maija Maskuniitty 

Fellowships will be hosted at the appropriate campus within NHLI.

For informal discussions about the scheme please contact Dr Alun Owen a.owen@imperial.ac.uk


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The National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College wishes to nurture the next generation of outstanding researchers and invites applications for an attractive and flexible fellowship scheme for individuals starting to pursue their independent research careers. 


please note applications are now closed


About us

NHLI is a major department of Imperial College’s Faculty of Medicine and is a leading international research centre for investigating the causes of and mechanisms underlying many chronic diseases within the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, atherosclerosis and heart failure. We welcome applications from all candidates whose research interests encompass the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, from molecular biology through to clinical translation. For more information on the research interests within NHLI please visit our research pages.  NHLI has a strong track record in securing funding from a wide variety of funders including research councils, charities and industry, with recent successes including a number of prestigious Junior, Intermediate and Senior Research Fellowships in both basic and clinical sciences. As an Athena SWAN Silver award holder, NHLI provides a very supportive environment in which to develop an independent research career, making available full access to training courses and staff support within the College, including the award winning Postdoc Development Centre and the Learning and Development Centre. Fellows also benefit from mentorship from world-leading academics to enable them to reach their full potential.

What we are looking for

We wish to invite applications from candidates who have demonstrated an excellent start to their research careers, in either clinical or basic science, who would be competitive for externally funded independent research fellowships at any level.  Successful candidates will be provided with up to 12 months of funding, extendable to 18 months, to join NHLI and develop a strong fellowship application to establish their own research group at NHLI. 

Candidates should have a strong academic track record including a first or upper second class degree and a PhD in a biomedical sciences subject, but can be at any stage in their research career. Candidates should have published in high quality journals, have exceptional written and oral communications skills and be able to demonstrate a clear research vision. NHLI would also like to encourage applications from excellent candidates who have taken a career break and now wish to return to research.                                                                                                                                     

How to apply

To be considered for the scheme please submit a CV, with full publication list and details of all previous applications for fellowships, together with a short proposal (~500 words) outlining your research ideas and plan for developing an application for a personal research fellowship. Applications should be sent to Dr Maija Maskuniitty (am1908@imperial.ac.uk). If you have already identified an academic within NHLI with whom you would wish to work, please state this in your cover letter. 

Applications should be submitted by 14th November 2016.  Decisions and interviews will be notified as quickly as possible after the closing date. 

Closing Date: 14th November 2016 (Midnight BST)