Opportunities to join the Centre

We are always eager to welcome new members into our team.

Are you an undergraduate looking for an internship, a final year project or interested in a PhD? We are always keen to discuss possibilities and current opportunities.

Are you completing your PhD or in your first post-doc and would like to hold an independent Fellowship with us? We can help support the development of your proposal and offer financial resources to supplement those you request from a Research Council or Charity.

We are also happy to discuss with existing Fellowship holders opportunities to collaborate in areas of mutual interest.

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"I've recently been awarded a 3-year MRC Skills Development Fellowship to develop a project that combines mathematical modelling and experimental techniques to investigate the regulation of stress hormones. In particular, I'm interested in the mechanisms by which the glucocorticoid receptor modulates the stress response during health and disease. I'm currently based at the Living Systems Institute, where I work towards developing a mathematical understanding of neuroendocrine axes. To achieve this, the Fellowship will include an important training component that will also foster collabrations with world-leading labs at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Bristol.

Securing this Fellowship involved a great level of commitment during a meticulous application process, for which support from colleagues was essential. This involved assistence from research development managers at the University, key mentorship from senior researchers in the Centre, and guidance from previously awarded Fellows. The entire 9 month process included several rounds of internal peer reviews of my project proposal, estimating costs, interview training, and coaching, which perhaps I can better describe as a very stimulating and career defining experience. I can confidently say that the support from the Centre has been instrumental in securing and successfully developing my fellowship."

Eder Zavala, MRC Skills Development Fellowship (2017-2020)

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"I have been awarded an MRC Skills Development Fellowship to investigate how networks of pancreatic beta cells work togthere to secrete insulin, which in turn regualtes blood glucose levels. Disruption or dysfunction of these networks ultimately leads to diabetes. Through improved understanding of these networks, which will be achieved through a combination of experimental and mathematical approaches, I hope to identify new avenues to treat this disease.

I have been incredibly fortunate in Exeter to have the support from three distinguished professors as sponsors of my fellowship bid, and a variety of assistance from many other sources when putting my proposal together. Peer-review feedback from colleagues about my scientific ideas was vital in shaping the final bid, and I was further provided with one-to-one presentation and interview training. This included guidance from an external presentation specialist and mock interviews with panels of both senior and junior researchers, ahead of facing the real panel. Given the importance of the interview in securing a fellowship, I cannot overstate the value of receiving this bespoke training."

Kyle Wedgwood, MRC Skills Development Fellowship (2017-2020)

"I was recently awarded an MRC Skills Development Fellowship, which will allow me to develop new mathematical models and techniques for interrogating data from people with suspected epilepsy, hopefully defining new techniques to aid diagnosis and prognosis of epilepsy. Obtaining this Fellowship was a long process, that started with writing the application 3 months prior to the deadline and finished with an interview some 6 months later. During this process, I received vital support from my immediate colleagues and the University of Exeter. This included peer-reviews of my proposal by researchers and colleagues, guidance and support from a research development manager in developing my impact and data management plans, and interview training (including two mock interviews) prior to the real interview. In my eyes, the feedback and support I received throughout has been crucial to making my application for this Fellowship successful."

Wessel Woldman, MRC Skills Development Fellowship (2016-2019)

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"My research is supported by a five-year Career Development Award from the Medical Research Council (MRC). This is an intermediate Fellowship, which followed on from my previous MRC Skills Development Fellowship (2012-2015). I am based within the Healthcare Centre, where my group use a variety of experimental and mathematical techniques to tackle key questions about the dynamic function of the hormonal stress-response system. We want to establish how and why the dynamics of this vital system breaks down in disease, and how these disrupted hormone dynamics affect our physiological and mental well-being.

In preparing my Fellowship bid I received significant academic and professional services support throughout the entire process: discussions with other scientists helped me to clarify my ​research ​ideas at the beginning of the application ​process, and in the later stages, critical feedback from ​experienced ​colleagues via an internal peer review process helped me to strengthen my application. Having made it to the interview stage, the mock interview process (which included training with an external executive coach) gave me confidence going into the real interview."

Jamie Walker, MRC Career Development Award (2016-2021)

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"I am the recent recipient of an EPSRC Fellowship. Its proposed topic, developing the mathematics for finding and tracking unstable phenomena in experiments, has been the main driver of my research for almost a decade, including also some unsuccessful applications for funding. So, what was the difference this time? I believe it was the environment here in Exeter. The level of commitment from the host institution is one of the main selection criteria for Fellowships, so genuine support is critical. Colleagues from the Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare were instrumental in securing this support from the University, which included, for example, a College-funded PhD studentship worth nearly £80,000. However, it wasn’t only financial support that the institution contributed. It also included support to develop the non-scientific parts of my proposal, as well as extremely thorough preparation for the interview, which included two mocks and time with an external coach. I am really looking forward to contributing to the research of the Centre during my Fellowship. My collaboration with the Centre will certainly increase the opportunities for impact for the more theoretical sides of my research, another key selection criterion of Research Councils that my affiliation with the Centre addressed."

Jan Sieber, EPSRC Fellowship (2017-2022)

Fellowship opportunities

Funder Scheme Who is it suitable for?
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Fellowships Various career stages
Medical Research Council (MRC) Senior non-clinical fellowship Senior Research Fellow and higher (typically 10+ years post-doctoral experience)

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Career development award

Research Fellow transitioning to independence (3+ years PDRA experience)
Medical Research Council (MRC)

Skills development fellowships – quantitative skills

PhD or postdoc looking to upskill or change discipline
Medical Research Council (MRC)

Skills development fellowships – skills at the social science interface

PhD or postdoc looking to upskill or change discipline
Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships Final year PhD student, or postdoc with no more than 2 years experience
Wellcome Trust

Sir Henry Dale fellowships

Postdoc with up to 7 years experience
Wellcome Trust

Senior research fellowships in basic biomedical science

Postdoc with 7 to 12 years experience