Group Leader Research Fellowship Sponsorship Scheme at UCL

University College London (UCL)
27 Jan 2023
31 Mar 2023
Life Science
Employment - Hours
Full time

About us

The Research Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology (NPP) at University College London (UCL) has outstanding research strength in areas that span receptor pharmacology, biophysics, circuits and systems neuroscience, cardiovascular neurophysiology and neural computation. Researchers have access to state of the art facilities ( and the department has close links with partners including the Francis Crick Institute, the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, and the UK Dementia Research Institute. NPP also delivers world-class teaching. UCL is ranked 10th in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and 8th for Life Sciences (2020 Times Higher Education) and our Neuroscience degree is ranked first in Europe (U.S. News and Report 2020).

About the opportunity

We invite Expressions of Interest from early career researchers who wish to be sponsored for external fellowships that will enable them to establish an independent research group in NPP, via a tenure-track like process. Such fellowships include: UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, Wellcome Trust Career Development Award, MRC Career Development Award, CRUK Career Development Fellowship, ERC Starting Grant, Royal Society URF, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, EPSRC Open Fellowship, and similar awards.

Note that we run two selection rounds per year. The deadline for this round is 31 March 2023.

Salary will depend on experience and fellowship awarded.

About you

We are looking for candidates to address fundamental questions in neuroscience, physiology and/or pharmacology using innovative approaches and technologies and to contribute to our teaching programmes. We welcome applications relevant to any part of the department’s research agenda. In this round, we are especially interested in researchers addressing cellular and molecular mechanisms and leveraging non-mammalian model systems. We are also keen to expand our expertise in computational and theoretical approaches.

Following application, shortlisted candidates will be invited to give a departmental seminar and meet with faculty members, students and current fellows. They will be expected to demonstrate how their research complements NPP’s research strategy and could contribute to collaborative programmes of work in the department. Interviews may be face-to-face or via an online platform.

After this process, we will sponsor candidates who are a good fit for NPP and who will have competitive fellowship applications.


Candidates should confirm their eligibility for specific fellowships schemes and will be required to provide evidence of eligibility to work in the UK before commencing any fellowship offered.

To apply, please ensure to attach the following:

  1. Your CV, including details of at least two referees [max 3 pages]
  2. An outline of your fellowship proposal including specific research aims [max 1 page]
  3. A cover letter detailing the fellowship scheme(s) you are interested in being sponsored for, a timeline for application(s), and how you see yourself and your research programme fitting into the department [max 2 pages].

What we offer

Sponsored fellows will receive substantial academic and administrative support to apply for external group leader fellowships. For successful fellows, we will provide support to ensure they can successfully establish their research group, gain opportunities to develop teaching skills and play a full role in the running of the department. Fellows will also benefit from career development and mentoring programmes, membership of the Biosciences Fellowship Network, access to additional support for their research, opportunities to attract PhD students through PhD programs and additional funding support beyond the end of the fellowship. We expect fellows to develop into strong candidates for permanent positions within the department, or elsewhere. In line with this ethos, a large proportion of our past fellows have progressed to permanent positions within NPP.

For informal enquiries and more information, please contact the NPP Fellowship Coordinators:

Dr Isaac Bianco (

Professor Annette Dolphin (