Independent Research Fellowships in Science at Sheffield
Our programme of externally funded Independent Research Fellowships is designed to establish you as a research leader in an ambitious, vibrant and supportive environment.
We are an internationally leading Faculty of Science, with world-class research and facilities. Researchers work in a highly collegiate environment, shaped by an ethos of "science without boundaries".
Independent Research Fellows in Science at the University of Sheffield will benefit from the following package:
Independent Research Fellowships Open Day
View the slides from our April 2019 event:
- We offer long-term IRFs an academic position after their Fellowship
- We support all long-term IRFs with a PhD student to kick-start their research portfolio
- All IRFs are mentored during their application, during their fellowship and after progressing to a permanent contract
- All IRFs join our independent College of Fellows, to give your community a strong and collective voice
We accept informal applications all year, so get in touch with one of the contacts below to get the ball rolling on your application. You can also visit the Faculty of Science to discuss your fellowship in more detail at our first Independent Research Fellowships Open Day on Monday 15th April 2019.
|Science at Sheffield: Themes and disciplines||
We work better together.
The seven academic departments in the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Science are our powerhouse for training research scientists of the future. We house key interdisciplinary institutes and centres that bring together expertise and ambition to facilitate research at all levels. We have world-class facilities that underpin our work. We are outward facing, across the University and beyond, without boundaries to ideas and interactions.
Across Science at Sheffield, we have four strategic themes, from the fundamental to translational. These are drawn from our rich history of skills and experience, framed on our critical mass of excellent research that portrays our aspirations, acting collectively, to address grand challenges.
We welcome applications from across our entire research portfolio from departments, institutes and centres. Our strengths run from the level of individuals, through collectives, to areas of real critical mass.
In particular, we are prioritising the areas of Life in a Changing Environment, Nanomaterials, Lifespan Biology and Infectious Disease (with a focus on antimicrobial resistant pathogens). But our main priority is excellence – to see if you want to join us, get in touch.
|Our deal for Independent Research Fellows||
We value our Independent Research Fellows as the leaders of the future, so we're making a firm commitment to them from the outset.
Progression to Open Ended Contract
Provision of PhD Studentship
|Your application: Apply and contact||
If you are interested in developing your career here in Sheffield we want to hear from you. We offer a staged and comprehensive mentoring approach to make sure that you are helped to make the optimal fellowship application.
Towards an application
Stage 0: Initial Contact – IRF applicants will appear both internally and externally. For internal applicants, potential candidates their existing mentors (supervisors) will involve respective Departmental Directors of Research and Innovation at an early stage to give support and guidance. If Expressions of Interest (EoIs) come from external candidates to any academics they will be passed on as above.
Stage 1: Initial sift – All prospective candidates should supply a CV and outline research plan (two A4 pages maximum). EoIs will be considered by the Departmental Research Committee. Strengths and weaknesses of candidates, as well as fit to Departmental and Faculty strategies will be considered. All candidates will receive written feedback, from the respective Head of Department, with an initial go / no go decision.
Stage 2: Decision to support an application – All progressing, potential candidates will be invited to Sheffield to give a research seminar and meet with appropriate academics, the Departmental Director of Research and Innovation, Head of Department and current fellows. The above processes will inform the decision as to whether to proceed with each candidate. Here again, written feedback from Heads of Departments will be given to unsuccessful candidates.
Stage 3: Mentoring towards an application – For all candidates that are chosen for progression an academic mentor will be assigned. These are the first port of call for advice and help with moving their application(s) forward. The mentor will have sufficient knowledge of the field to be of use and be willing to take on the role. The mentor will give feedback from Stage 2 in the first instance. All applications will be read by at least two academic members of staff to provide advice and help (to be coordinated by the mentor). The mentor will also remain in that role if the application is successful.
Stage 4: Official commitment for the application – All applications must be completed at least three weeks before the submission date. If any equipment is being requested as part of the fellowship then this must be notified at least two months before submission.
|Fellowship schemes and funders||
Researchers applying for fellowships in a science department at the University of Sheffield may be suitable for one or more of the following schemes. Please note that some schemes may be closed for applications, but are expected to reopen soon.
|Research community: College of Fellows||
Independent Research Fellows are the research leaders of the future, with a powerful voice.
College of Fellows
|Open day: Monday 15 April 2019||
We will be holding an Independent Research Fellows Open Day on Monday 15 April 2019, to welcome prospective fellows to the Faculty of Science. Candidates who make it through the initial stages of the application process will be invited.
The day will include an introductory session to orient attendees to our research portfolio, aspirations and what we can offer. Prospective fellows will then visit relevant academic departments, where they can speak to colleagues and current fellows, and see the opportunities that a career in Sheffield presents.
We asked researchers in the Faculty of Science share their experiences of their independent research fellowships.
Dr Rebecca Corrigan
Royal Society and Wellcome Trust
Dr Rebecca Corrigan was awarded a Royal Society and Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Research Fellowship. She is a molecular microbiologist in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and the Florey Institute, and is interested in the study of the cell-signalling and virulence mechanisms of the Gram-positive pathogen Staphylococcus aureus.
She said: "What attracted me to Sheffield is the remarkable mixture of biochemists, microbiologists, structural biologists, all working together in my department. This makes collaborations incredibly easy and so conducive to multidisciplinary research. The unique approach of the Florey Institute, which combines clinicians and researchers under one umbrella, was just the icing on the cake."
Dr Megan Freeth
Economic and Social Research Council
Dr Megan Freeth completed an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in the Department of Psychology at the University Sheffield. She came to Sheffield to establish new research collaborations, develop her eye-tracking research and learn to conduct electroencephalography (EEG) research under the guidance of Dr Elizabeth Milne.
During her fellowships Megan furthered understanding of the real world social attention processes in autism, investigated the role that autistic and social anxiety traits play in social attention mechanisms and also investigated the neural basis of attention. Following her fellowships Megan moved on to a permanent lectureship in the Department of Psychology.