Biosciences laboratory

Independent Research Fellowships

Independent research fellows are an integral part of the Institute of Integrative Biology (IIB) research community. We are committed to maximising the potential of fellows working within the Institute, and supporting and mentoring applications from new fellowship candidates or candidates wishing to move an existing fellowship.

We have hosted fellowships funded by EU Marie Curie Actions, Royal Society, NERC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, MRC, Arthritis UK and the British Heart Foundation. We have a strong record of recruiting fellows into Faculty positions in IIB or similar positions at other UK / Overseas universities.

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship to come to Liverpool, or bringing your independent fellowship to  Liverpool, please send a brief academic CV to Dr Stew Plaistow, Prof Caroline Dart or Prof Jay Hinton (Institute Fellowship mentors), or alternatively any member of staff more closely aligned to your research area.

Support for fellows

Pre-application support

  • Support for informal visits
  • Introductions to academic colleagues relevant to your proposal
  • Mentoring on which fellowship to apply for
  • Feedback on drafts
  • Mock interview panels

Post-award support

  • All IRFs are prioritised for a PhD studentship
  • 1:1 support from an allocated senior mentor
  • A Gold Athena SWAN award working environment which values collegiality, openness and flexibility
  • State-of-the-art research facilities
  • Priority access to our Technology Directorate voucher scheme 
  • Peer review and support for grants and further funding proposals
  • Teaching opportunities with Honours and Masters level projects for those that want them
  • Training and personal development

Career progression

  • Mentoring for progression to permanent positions
  • The opportunity to be placed on our Tenure Track Fellowship Scheme, where candidates are expected to progress to a tenured position
  • Opportunities for proleptic appointments