Back Research Fellowships 2024 - Sciences

Gonville & Caius College invites applications for stipendiary Research Fellowships in Sciences. The Fellowships will be tenable for four years, normally from 1 October 2024.

This competition closed at 5.00pm on Monday 2 October 2023. If you have a user account registered with this competition, please go to the My Account page to view your data.

Competition Details

Eligibility Requirements

  • Application for a Research Fellowship is open to individuals in any academic discipline in Sciences.
  • To be eligible for a Research Fellowship you must pass the following eligibility requirements:
    Either you are a graduate student, probably in the later stages of your research leading to a PhD Degree
    You are a research student or post-doctoral researcher who has recently submitted your PhD thesis; this should be no earlier than 30 September 2021. Note: this is the date of your first submission, not the date of examination, award of the degree, or the submission of a revised version of the thesis.
  • The College would like to make it clear that it welcomes applications from eligible candidates who are applying for or have already been appointed to a salaried post-doctoral position in a laboratory or department in Cambridge. Such persons appointed to Research Fellowships would be entitled to all the benefits of a Research Fellow apart from the stipend.
  • Please view the Eligibility Requirements for further details.
  • Statements of research are required and should not be more than 2,000 words, outlining current and proposed future research. Please note that the statement will be read by people outside as well as inside the candidate's own discipline and should therefore be intelligible to scholars in other subjects.
  • Candidates must provide details for two referees who have agreed to submit a reference through the website. The referees should be familiar with the work to be submitted and one should normally be the PhD supervisor.
  • The application as well as two references must be submitted online by 5.00pm on Monday 2 October 2023.

Written Work

  • Full submission of written work in support of the application is required at the time of application.
  • Candidates must submit with their application written work for assessors. The College is concerned with the quality rather than the quantity of work submitted, but it is important that sufficient material be available. It is common for candidates to submit approximately 30,000 words.
  • Some candidates may find that they need to submit less text where mathematical formulations, graphs, figures and illustrations are presented.
  • Submitted work should be written in English apart from quotations, or the necessary part of text editions.
  • At a later stage shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide a statement from their proposed Head of Department confirming that adequate finance and facilities are available. In cases where shortlisted candidates are not already in contact with the Department, the College will provide assistance in contacting the Head of Department.

Fellowship Details

  • The stipend offered is either (a) £25,964, rising by three annual increments to £28,884 if living in College accommodation for a single person, which is free, or in College couples' or family accommodation, if available, which is subsidised, or (b) £29,161 rising by 3 annual increments to £32,081 if not living in College accommodation. Other benefits include 10 free meals per week and certain research expenses may be reimbursed. There are also opportunities for College teaching (up to six hours per week), which attracts extra payment.
  • Reimbursement of certain teaching and research expenses totalling up to £1,350 p.a. will also be available.
  • The stipend of Research Fellows who pay from other sources will be by arrangement according to individual circumstances. Research Fellows may join the University's Superannuation Scheme.
  • A Research Fellow will receive the normal privileges of a Fellow, including the provision of rooms and some meals.

Application Timetable

  • The application window opens on Friday 1 September 2023.
  • The application and two references must be submitted through the website by 5.00pm on Monday 2 October 2023. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Elections will be made on Monday 15 January 2024, with acceptances to be received by 4pm on Wednesday 17 January 2024.
  • Fellowships will be tenable for four years from 1 October 2024.

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