Clinical Pharmacology: Register your interest in a research Fellowship

Recruitment for the MRC Fellowship scheme is currently closed.


Fellows can be based at either the University of Liverpool, or the University of Manchester, dependent upon the focus of their research. These universities house some of the most advanced research laboratories in the country.

All Fellows must register for a PhD.


As one of our Fellows, you would receive the following:

  • £31,931 - £36,675 pa (Commensurate with clinical salaries)
  • A consumables budget of £45,000 over the 3 year programme, to be spent on research materials
  • A travel budget of £3,000 over the 3 year programme, to support attendance at conferences
  • PhD fees will be paid at the UK/EU rate. Successful candidates from outside the EU would be expected to meet the difference in cost themselves.


To be considered for a Fellowship position you must:

  • Hold an MB ChB or equivalent
  • Have GMC registration
  • Have completed MRCP (or equivalent) exams before taking up the award
  • Be at specialty registrar (SpR) grade or below, or be at the equivalent level in general practice. Any post-foundation trainees are welcome to apply, but most Fellows are likely to start at ST3 level
  • Have previous research experience and be published in scientific journals
  • Have knowledge relevant to clinical medicine, clinical pharmacology and ideally good clinical practice guidelines
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in academic medicine or the pharmaceutical industry
  • Be able to demonstrate outstanding potential for development as a Clinical Academic
  • Have knowledge of research methods
  • Be an excellent presenter, writer, team player and organiser, with a practical, adaptable approach
  • Initial assessment will be via a formal written application and first stage interview.

The recruitment process

To join us you will need to be successful at each stage of the following selection process:

  • Shortlisting after the submission of your CV and supporting statement. Details of how to submit an application are available on the University of Liverpool jobs page
  • First stage interview. This interview will primarily assess your potential as a research Fellow but you should have some idea of what your research focus will be. The panel at the first stage interviews will include the programme leads, senior professors from both the University of Liverpool and the University of Manchester and representatives from our industry partners.
  • Research planning / proposal development with an assigned Supervisor. You will have 12 to 15 weeks to prepare this research proposal. This will need to:
    • be scientifically excellent;
    • fit with one of the vertical themes and be capable of enhancement through training in either drug safety or stratified medicine (cross-cutting themes);
    • incorporate “without walls” training with one or more of the industry partners. Advice will be offered as to which industry partners may be the most appropriate match for your research focus and about how to best engage with industry.
    • ensure that the translational elements of the proposed research are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and realisable within the Timeframe.
  • You will be expected to submit your proposal approximately one week before the second stage interview at which you will be asked to present your proposal to the selection panel. This panel will be chaired by a member of the MRC national selection panel and will also include senior professors from both universities and representatives from our industry partners. The programme leads will not form part of this panel but may attend interviews in observance. You will be judged against the same criteria that is used in the national competition for Fellowship Funding. For more information about the assessment criteria please see the reviewers handbook (in particular annexes 6 and 7 may be helpful).
  • Only if you are successful at both stage 1 and stage 2 of the interview process will a Fellowship place be offered.

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