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BRC Clinical Doctoral Fellow

Are you a fully qualified, ambitious and experienced registered Healthcare professional or pre-CCT doctor or dentist, committed to the progression of clinical research and a career in academia? Would you like the opportunity to undertake a PhD? Do you want to receive research training whilst conducting a clinical research project in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive Universities?

You will support and undertake research generously funded by the School of Medicine Stella Erdheim endowment which is contributing part of the University matched funding for our NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). You will join an established research group within one of (or across) the 6 world-leading multi-disciplinary themes that comprise the BRC ( which includes: 

  • Antimicrobial resistance and Infection (AMRI)
  • Cardiometabolic Disease (CVD)
  • Haematology (HAEM)
  • Musculoskeletal Disease (MSK)
  • Pathology (PATH)
  • Surgical technologies (SURG)


  • our cross-cutting themes of Clinical Trials and Methodology or Data Science/AI

 You will lead your own studies, as detailed in a competitive Clinical PhD Fellowship application written by you with the support of your proposed supervision team, including methods development, cutting-edge experimental medicine and early translational clinical studies, and you will contribute to the work of the research group. We particularly encourage research proposals that work across BRC workstreams and/or Themes. You will be funded for three years (or equivalent part-time) to complete a PhD and have access to the BRC early careers network, the University of Leeds Graduate School and other support mechanisms to help in the successful delivery of your PhD. Funding includes salary buy out at your current salary scale, UK PhD fees and a consumable budget.

This is an exciting opportunity for an emerging clinical academic who is interested in pursuing an academic career in Leeds to translate scientific discoveries into new treatments, diagnostic tests or medical technologies to improve patients’ lives. You will have appropriate full registration with your relevant healthcare professional body and, if medically qualified, you should be a post registration doctor

Salary: Commensurate with your current salary

Fixed term for 3 years (Full time) or up to 5 years (part time)

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

To apply: please read our Guidance and FAQ document available via link below and follow the guidance therein.

It is important that you use the application form (via link below) and this must be uploaded as the primary part of your application

It must include details of your proposed project (co-produced with your planned supervisors) and appropriate costings

We are unable to accept applications that have not used the application form

As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students and staff from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Within the Faculty/School of Medicine we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+; and disabled people.  Candidates will always be selected based on merit and ability.  

Location:  University of Leeds Role - Working off campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  Leeds Institute of Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM)
Category:  Clinical
Grade:  Off grading structure
Salary:  p.a. pro rata
Working Time:  Available for full time or part time working hours
Post Type:  Full Time/Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Available for up to 5 years dependant on FTE)
Release Date:  Tuesday 01 August 2023
Closing Date:  Sunday 28 January 2024
Reference:  MHLRM1230
Downloads:  Candidate Brief   Guidance & FAQ   Application Form  
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