Work and Train in the IMSR

We are passionate about delivering outstanding education as well as world-leading research. Find out more about our opportunities below. 

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PhD Programme

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IMSR PhD places, which are designed to attract the brightest scientific minds from around the world, present a fantastic opportunity for highly motivated and exceptionally talented individuals to embark on their career in biomedical research.

Currently the IMSR has 50 PhD students at various stages of their three/four‐year training. The students contribute to the international flavour of the Institute, with many students from elsewhere in the EU or further afield. The energy and enthusiasm from this student population are a vital part of Institute’s research community, and the comprehensive IMSR PhD training ensures all students have strong future career prospects in science.

For current PhD opportunities within the IMSR, please visit our current vacancies.

For funded PhD programmes associated with the IMSR, please visit Mechanisms in Inflammatory Disease (MIDAS) or the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP).

For self-funded PhD opportunities, please see our current projects and visit IMSR Principal Investigators profiles to directly contact them to ascertain placement availability and current research roles. To register for a PhD in the IMSR please visit our PhD Programmes.

  

Postdoctoral Training

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The IMSR provides Postdoctoral Training Fellows (PTFs) with a stimulating, interactive and international scientific environment, combined with cutting edge facilities, extensive seminar series and a strong collaborative, multidisciplinary culture. Intertwining cutting edge metabolome profiling, innovative systems science approaches and in vivo imaging and physiology approaches with world-leading expertise in endocrinology, metabolism and reproductive biology, the IMSR is perfectly placed to train the next generation of science leaders.

The IMSR laboratories are resourced to an excellent standard and its researchers have access to first-class Technology Platforms to aid discovery. Among the facilities available to IMSR researchers are bioinformatics, protein analysis, histopathology, mass spectrometry resources at the University of Birmingham Metabolomics Core, next generation sequencing facilities, advanced confocal imaging, fluorescence activated cell sorting, peptide synthesis, protein purification as well as the Biomedical Service Unit with a state-of-the-art animal facility. Training can be presented as hands-on one-to-one training or through developed training courses, for example at the Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre

 Furthermore, IMSR’s Postdoctoral Training Fellows have the benefit of living and working in the UK’s second city. Birmingham is a global city containing many nationalities and cultures. Our PTFs and students come from every corner of the world and provide a stimulating environment for scientific collaboration.

 To view current vacancies, visit our vacancies page.

More information on career development and support for postdoctoral training fellows at the College of Medical and Dental Sciences  (PERCAT)

Academic Clinical Training

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The IMSR offers the opportunity for integrated academic clinical training from Medical School through to your first senior clinical academic appointments. We have a long-standing, excellent track record in helping our fellows obtain externally funded, prestigious fellowships and several of our trainees have gone through from summer student to group leader.

If you are interested in research in metabolism, endocrinology, reproduction and systems science, please contact us IMSRcontacts@bham.ac.uk

We are hosting academic clinical training posts in Endocrinology & Diabetes, Obestetrics & Gynaecology, Neurology. Please see below for information on academic clinical fellowship posts on the West Midlands Deanery Website.

http://www.westmidlandsdeanery.nhs.uk/Recruitment/2017-ACF-Training

http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/academic-clinical-fellowships.htm

Please also see Summer studentships for undergraduate research experience opportunities as well as information on our Clinical Science BMedSc intercalated degree for MBChB students.

A useful overview and more information on the UK academic clinical pathway can be found:

  • https://www.mrc.ac.uk/documents/pdf/review-of-early-career-clinical-academics
  • http://careers.bmj.com/careers/advice/The_road_to_a_clinical_academic_career

Many of our clinical academic trainees come from countries outside the UK and we have a lot of experience in helping them to integrate into the UK clinical pathway.

 Current opportunities for academic clinical training in the IMSR

  • Academic Foundation Year posts – next application deadline for posts starting 1 August 2019 in the autumn of 2018 (update to follow)
  • Academic Clinical Fellow posts – next application deadline for posts starting 1 August 2019 in the autumn of 2018 (update to follow)
  • Academic Clinical Lecturer posts – To view current vacancies, visit our vacancies page.
  • If you are not from the UK but  hold a higher degree (MD or PhD) and would like to explore the opportunity to come to the IMSR as a clinical lecturer, please contact us IMSRcontacts@bham.ac.uk also if there is no current vacancy advertised as we have regularly ACL opportunities arising.
  • Clinical Research Training Fellowships – you can contact us any time if you are interested to undertake PhD or MD training in the IMSR IMSRcontacts@bham.ac.uk

View more information on IMSR Principal Investigators and their research. 

If you are interested in working with a specific IMSR research group, please contact the principal investigator directly to arrange a meeting and discuss options.

Academic Foundation Year (AcFY) Posts

These posts offer standard clinical training with protected time for dedicated research in a chosen field. This allows the postholders to develop research, teaching, leadership and management skills as well as basic clinical competencies.

Appointments are for two years and cover the first two years of clinical training after graduation from Medical School.

Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) Posts

These are 3-year posts that comprise of an individualised programme of training and mentoring. Postholders are encouraged to undertake a research project and take part in a programme of formalised research training, with the opportunity to complete a Master’s degree if desirable.

Postholders are supported by dedicated academic, clinical and educational supervisors. The ultimate goal of this post is to apply and obtain an externally funded Clinical Research Training Fellowship for those wishing to pursue an academic career.

Our ACF posts provide 25% protected time for research and usually offer the opportunity to frontload the dedicated research time to years 1 and 2 to ensure that each post-holder achieves publications and other outputs that make them more competitive when applying for a CRTF.

Clinical Research Training Fellowships (CRTFs)

The IMSR has an excellent track record in supporting Clinical Training Fellows funded by external bodies including MRC, NIHR, Wellcome Trust, CRUK and other Charities. These posts are obtained through a competitive process and allow postholders to complete a dedicated period of research out of the clinical training programme leading to completion of a higher degree (MD or PhD).

Academic Clinical Lectureships (ACLs)

A number of NIHR and University funded Lectureships are available for those wishing to pursue an academic clinical career following completion of a higher degree. These posts allow completion of Specialty Clinical Training with 50% protected research time. An individualised programme of training and mentoring is offered. These posts constitute a platform for competing for post-doctoral funding and clinician scientist schemes.

 Appointments are generally for 4-5 years or until completion of clinical specialist training (CCT), whatever is earlier, with a six-month grace period following CCT.

 Our ACLs are encouraged to apply to the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) Starter Grant Scheme for Clinical Lecturers and to choose an external mentor to support their career development through the AMS Mentoring Scheme for Postdoctoral Clinicians

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Summer Studentships

 

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The Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, an interdisciplinary research institute, is always committed to training the next generation of scientists and has a very successful Summer School which runs between June and August.

The IMSR Summer School is aimed at undergraduates who are considering a future in biomedical research. These short placements (6-10 weeks) provide students with hands-on experience of what it's like to work in a research laboratory.

We accept University of Birmingham students (MBChB and BMedSc) and students from other national and international Universities.  Applications are made online via the IMSR website, closing date for this year is 9th February 2018.

 View more information on IMSR Principal Investigators and their research. 

If you are interested in working with a specific IMSR research group, please contact the principal investigator directly to arrange a meeting and discuss options. 

Masters by Research Studentships

The Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, an interdisciplinary research institute, is always committed to training the next generation of scientists.

 The Institute hosts students registered for a research masters degree in the UK or Europe to complete projects that can be written up for a masters thesis. The students work for a period of up to 12 months in a host laboratory within the Institute.

Interested students should contact IMSR group leaders directly.

View more information on IMSR Principal Investigators and their research.

Undergraduate courses

To find out more about our undergraduate courses, please visit the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Postgraduate Taught courses

To find out more about our postgraduate taught courses, please visit the College of Medical and Dental Sciences