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We are seeking to recruit independent research fellows of outstanding quality across all areas of research conducted within our Centre.

Current Vacancies

Centre FellowshipsGrade 8, Full time starting salary is normally in the range £43,414 to £51,805. With potential progression once in post to £58,284 a year. Fixed Term contract for 3 years.

Three roles are available. These are critical roles for the success of SMQB’s interdisciplinary ethos. They are innovative roles, designed to enable transition to independence for talented early career researchers. They give you the opportunity to develop and grow your own research portfolio, with the freedom that comes with a research-only contract.  To facilitate this, the role comprises two main parts to which you will devote your time equally:

  • Pursuing your own personal programme of research. Your time will be spent developing your research portfolio in one or more of the key research themes of the Centre, while being immersed in a highly supportive and dynamic environment. You will receive mentoring and support from world-class academics, as well as the training and coaching needed to support your transition to independence.
  • Pump-priming interdisciplinary, impactful projects. You will provide the quantitative expertise and leadership to co-create and develop needs-driven projects of biomedical and clinical significance with researchers from across our unique university, hospital and industry ecosystem. Working closely with relevant industrial partners (in areas such as digital health, MedTech or diagnostics) alongside academics, healthcare users and members of the public you will propose and develop collaborative projects and co-create commercialisation and translational opportunities where applicable. This includes liaising with industry, senior academics, and Business Engagement to ensure the proposed research is fit for purpose and conducting research and publishing outcomes, as appropriate to the disciplinary area and specific project.

We are seeking three individuals with a strong background in one or more of (alphabetically): Advanced (Medical) Imaging, Complex Networks, Clinical Data Analytics and Visualisation, Diagnostics and Clinical Decision Support Systems, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Parameter Inference (including Bayesian Methods), Programming in multiple high-level programming languages (e.g. C, C++, Fortran, Julia, Matlab, Python, R).

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Rebecca Ward, Centre Manager. Deadline 23rd October 2023.

Joining SMQB as an independent research fellow

If you already hold an independent Research Fellowship and would like to move to Birmingham and further their career with us, please contact Professor John Terry for a confidential discussion in the first instance.

Expert help in developing and preparing your application

There are many competitive funding schemes which support talented researchers. If you would like to be hosted by SMQB we can help you develop and prepare fellowship applications. We have considerable experience supporting successful applications and several of our current researchers hold fellowships. We will mentor excellent candidates through the application process.

If you wish to apply for a fellowship hosted in Birmingham, please contact Dr Debbie Marsden with a brief summary of your planned application. Please contact us several months prior to the deadline of the funding agency. This will allow us time to run internal selection procedure and support you with your application.

PhD studentships

If you are interested in doctoral research please see our latest adverts on FindaPhD or contact us directly. We are currently advertising the following opportunities:

School of Mathematics, Supervisor Dr Eder Zavala

School of Mathematics, Supervisor Dr Meurig Gallagher

School of Mathematics, Supervisor Dr Meurig Gallagher