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.
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:
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