SURREY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (SRF)
The Surrey Research Fellowship is an exciting new opportunity for exceptional early career researchers to join a cohort of future academic leaders at the University of Surrey.
The University has provided funding for up to three Fellows to pursue their own research for up to three years with the intention of building up to a cohort of nine active Fellows at any one time. All SRFs will have access to an exceptional programme of support offered by our Doctoral College as well as support for progressing research along the innovation pipeline where relevant.
Our vision is to be a leading global university renowned for the outstanding quality and impact of our graduates and research, as well as our collective contributions to society.
A core objective is to be a leading research institution with talented staff and students committed to research excellence and to benefitting the economy, society and the environment. We also aim to be a preferred partner for government, business, industry and other universities in creating technological solutions, digital transformation and policy innovation.
This vision and these objectives can only be achieved by ensuring we employ the best people and by providing those people with the best support we can. The University is fully committed to this.
We know that Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are critical to the long term development of our University and we have introduced the Surrey Research Fellowship (SRF) recognising the contribution they can make.
The SRF designed specifically to provide highly talented ECRs with the time and support to enable them to develop into an independent leader in their area of research. Please get in touch if you share our ambition.
As well as a competitive salary (£40,792 to £48,677), Fellows will receive up to £15,000 per annum for travel, consumables and other research expenses. The successful candidate have an academic Sponsor at the University of Surrey, will hold a PhD and will normally have no more than six years of post-doctoral research experience.
It is expected that the successful candidates will take up the posts from 2 September 2019.
Please ensure that you read the SRF Guidance before completing the application and that you upload all the documentation needed to review your application.
Applicants should have a PhD at the time the Fellowship starts and will normally have no more than 6 years postdoctoral research experience in an academic environment (calculated from the PhD viva to the start of the award). Career breaks and career changes, with time spent out of the academic research environment will not be counted in the 6 years. Only applications that meet these eligibility criteria will be considered.
The University has identified a number of research themes and is keen to build distinctive research capabilities. Whilst we, of course, welcome applications in these priority themes, the SRF is explicitly open to all research areas. Our principal drive is to support high quality research through the development of the most talented individuals.
Applicants may be internal or external. Both internal and external applicants need to have a named Sponsor / Mentor who must be a permanent academic member of staff at the University. The award is designed to promote independence, so only in exceptional circumstances will a Sponsor / Mentor be the current Line Manager or Supervisor for the applicant. In those circumstances, the applicant will be expected to explain why this is in their best interests.
The successful applicant needs to be eligible to work in the UK. If you require sponsorship under a Tier 2 visa, please indicate this on your application form or please note if you hold any other form of UK visa.
The University holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award and is committed to equality of opportunity and the promotion of diversity for the benefit of all. Flexible and part time applications are welcome subject to UK visa requirements. If you wish to work flexibly or part time, please indicate this on your application form.
All applications must be made via Surrey Recruit. Please complete the application on the system and upload the required attachments.
An application can only be made with the support of a named Sponsor (see Eligibility section above) who must be prepared to mentor you if successful. The Sponsor is expected to have had face to face contact (can be by Skype or similar) with the applicant. The Sponsor must have approval from their own Head of Department to take on the role. Head of Department approval is essential and will be verified as part of the application process.
The applicant must complete the application form and obtain any letters of support. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all the documentation is submitted by the deadline of midnight on Friday 31 January 2019.