The University of Leeds is investing in 250 new academic fellowships

Are you one of the 250 Great Minds we are looking for?


The University of Leeds is seeking to recruit up to 250 exceptional early career academics to tenure track equivalent Academic Fellowships over the next three years. Whether you are looking to establish your academic career as a new fellow or already hold an existing funded fellowship and wish to bring it to the University of Leeds we want to hear from you.

The University Academic Fellowship scheme

The proposition is simple. We want to recruit 250 exceptional University Academic Fellows over the next three years who have the potential to make a major contribution to the University’s academic performance and standing. After successful completion of a structured five year development and induction programme you will be confirmed as an Associate Professor.

Academic Fellows at the Faculty of Biological Sciences

Research in our Faculty seeks to understand fundamental principles and mechanisms in biology and engage with global challenges in the areas of ’Sustainable Agriculture’ and ’Biomedicine and Health’. To address such challenges we harness the diverse skills available in our large Faculty as well as from across the University with other scientists, clinicians and engineers. As well as providing an exciting and vibrant research community, this readily available skill base and collaborative environment enables the interdisciplinary science increasingly required to answer big questions facing today’s society.

Our infrastructure is excellent. We have recently invested more than £20M in our research environment and facilities. Research groups are located within contiguous research space, the vast majority of which has been extensively refurbished. We have developed research facilities under the control of dedicated facility managers, providing state of the art equipment and the expertise to make the most of it.

We strive to make a difference – increased alignment of basic science with translational mechanisms has facilitated outputs with a wide range of impacts particularly on health, public policy, the environment, commerce and international development.

In addition to the specific areas advertised we are very keen to hear from outstanding researchers interested in Academic Fellowships and whose activity aligns with our research in any area of Biological Sciences. Our research areas include:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Integrative Membrane Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Cardiovascular, Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Structural Molecular Biology
  • Virology
  • Plant Sciences

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