Work and Train in the IMSR

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Current Vacancies

Research Fellow (PSRC)

The postholder will support the recently funded NIHR Midlands Patient Safety Research Centre (PSRC) maternity theme which focuses on a clinician’s failure to recognise risks and improve communication/understanding of risks for women and their babies. Work will be conducted to embed and evaluate decision support tools within IT systems in 3 NHS Trusts, evaluate medication safety for pregnant women with pre-existing conditions, and support women to make informed decisions about their care, in a bid to improve outcomes of mother and baby. This post will co-ordinate engagement with all stakeholders (including PPIE) and oversee the running of this theme with support from the theme leads. Closing date is 13 September 2013.

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Clinical Lecturer in Endocrinology and Diabetes

The post provides the opportunity for higher and advanced sub-specialist training in endocrinology & diabetes alongside pursuing an academic research career and contribution to teaching in the endocrine specialist module of the established teaching programmes (MBChB, BMedSc, MRes). The clinical duties of the post will rotate between the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Heartlands-Good Hope-Solihull Hospitals, all part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. During the 50% clinical training allocation of the post, the post holder will have responsibilities for the care of inpatients and outpatients with the full range of endocrinology & diabetes and general medical problems. Closing date is 9th October 2023.

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Research Fellowships

We welcome new researchers to the University of Birmingham and support our existing researchers to launch their independent careers by applying for Fellowship funding. See this page for the latest opportunities.

Summer Studentships

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 July.

IMSR Summer School 2023

The IMSR Summer School, led by Dr Vicki Smith and Dr Angela Taylor, is a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience on how metabolism and endocrinology affects disease.

The school provides an invaluable opportunity to do scientific research and to bolster student CVs. Some of our past summer students have found their experience so rewarding they have returned to intercalate or to take their PhDs at the University of Birmingham.

In 2021, the IMSR Summer School cohort fought off tough competition to join the department and work with our Principle Investigators (PIs) in their research groups. The students, from the University of Birmingham, studied Biomedical Science, Medicine, and Biochemistry and spent six-eight weeks in the IMSR, learning basic techniques, attending a weekly Journal Club and having the opportunity to participate in IMSR seminars and activities. We take students from any higher education institute nationally and internationally. 



Applications for the IMSR Summer School 2023 are now closed.

Who is eligible to apply?

Students should currently be an undergraduate and must not be in their final year of study. We encourage students from any biological/chemical field to apply, including from Medicine (MBChB), Biomedical Sciences (BMedSci), Biochemical Engineering, Biosciences, Biochemistry and Pharmacy (MPharm).

Is any funding available to support Summer School students?

Students who are accepted into the IMSR Summer School can apply for funding. Students will be encouraged to work with their supervisors to help identify potential internal and external funding to support living and/or associated research costs. Obtaining funding support is not always possible but this would not impact on the student's placement.


For questions regarding any aspect of the IMSR Summer School please contact Dr Vicki Smith or Dr Angela Taylor.

For more information about our researchers

Read more about the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research and the IMSR Principal Investigators

Here are some comments from previous IMSR summer students:

Past summer school students speaking about their experiences


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

The Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR) is committed to training excellent scientists and healthcare professionals, with a strong ethos of delivering outstanding undergraduate teaching underpinned by cutting-edge research, in line with the University of Birmingham 2026 vision.

IMSR staff participate in the delivery of several UG programmes including MBChB, BSc Biomedical Science (BSc), MPharm, BDS, and the intercalated BSc Clinical Sciences. In addition, IMSR staff contributes to UG teaching for the School of Biosciences.

IMSR staff regularly serve as personal tutors for students on the MBChB, BMedSc and MPharm programmes, contribute to MBChB Year 1 research taster sessions and supervise electives and audit projects of MBChB students. IMSR staff regularly supervise final year dissertation projects for BMedSc and intercalated BMedSc Clinical Sciences students.

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.