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Group Leader Research Fellowship Sponsorship Scheme

Are you planning to submit a senior research fellowship* application from April 2024? The Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge seeks Expressions of Interest from early career researchers who wish to be sponsored for externally funded fellowships that will allow them to start an independent research group in our Department.

We offer a programme of support that will help you to establish your independence as an academic researcher, including assistance with your fellowship application and setting up your lab, as well as mentoring and training to help you develop your career. Research fellows will also have access to the comprehensive package of ongoing support available from the School of Biological Sciences

During the past 10 years, every one of our Senior Research Fellows has secured a lectureship or equivalent position at leading international universities and research institutes.

About the Department of Zoology

We are a thriving community of researchers whose research investigates how animal life evolved, how it functions, and how it persists today. The Department comprises of more than 30 research groups, working at every level of biological organization from genes to ecosystems. We are keen to increase diversity in our academic staff and particularly encourage expressions of interest from women and BAME applicants.

Our dynamic intellectual environment includes the world-leading Cambridge Conservation Institute and University Museum of Zoology, and provides opportunities for collaboration in research themes that span the School of Biological Sciences ( ) and the wider university ( ). The School of Biological Sciences has state of the art facilities in imaging, high performance computing and bioinformatics.

Our research strengths currently lie in behaviour and neuroscience, conservation science, ecology and all aspects of evolutionary biology (including biomechanical adaptations, evo-devo, evolutionary genomics, evolutionary ecology, palaeontology, social evolution and viral evolution).

How to apply for support

Please address informal enquires to the Head of Department Professor Rebecca Kilner

To make an application, please email the following to by 17:00 GMT on Monday 13th November 2023:

We will shortlist the fellowship applicants we would like to support by Friday 1st December. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Department to meet the academic staff and give a seminar in the week beginning 15 January 2024.

*Target fellowship schemes include: NERC Independent Fellowship, ERC Starting / Consolidator Grant, The Wellcome Trust Career Development Awards, Royal Society University Research Fellowship, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, Branco-Weiss Research Fellowship.

For more information about the Senior Research Fellowship Support Programme please visit our website (

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva.

Email: Telephone: (0)1223 330117

Please quote reference PF38284 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.