Medical Research Council Skills Development Fellowship

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), in partnership with the Lancaster University, is delighted to offer the Medical Research Council Skills Development Fellowship for two early career researchers.

In partnership with the Lancaster University, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is delighted to offer the Medical Research Council (MRC) Skills Development Fellowship for two early career researchers. Through these fellowships, researchers who have preliminary skills in a priority area or aspire to obtain skills in a new area, will be further trained and developed by the academic leads from the two Universities. The MRC Skills Development Fellowship scheme currently focuses on the following priority skills areas: mathematics, statistics, computation, informatics, health economics and/or mixed methods research applicable to any biomedical or health related data sources, from molecular to population level. These skills can be applied across the fullrange of the MRC's remit, for example, cell biology, physiology, epidemiology, population and public health, and health psychology. The successful candidate will undertake specific projects that are aligned to this programme with individually-tailored training elements embedded within them. On exiting the programme, it is expected that Fellows will be well positioned for external competitive funding and career development.

Founded in 1898 and the oldest of its kind in the world, LSTM is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for teaching and research in tropical diseases.  Through the creation of effective links with governments, NGOs, private organisations and global institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, LSTM aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics. Primarily hosted and administered by LSTM, the Programme is delivered in partnership with the Centre for Health Informatics, Computing, and Statistics at Lancaster University. Kevin Mortimer (clinical) and Giancarlo Biagini (non-clinical) are the academic leads at LSTM and Peter Diggle (advanced quantitative skills) is the academic lead at Lancaster.

To apply as a Fellow, you must hold a Doctorate (PhD or MD) (awarded or to be awarded) in a relevant discipline as outlined above, be trained at doctoral level in discipline-relevant research methods and bring along an understanding of global health issues. Competency in dataset management, statistical analysis, disease modelling, and MS Office is essential to the post. With experience in research projects, presenting scientific findings and publishing in scientific journals,you will have begun to establish your network of research contacts. Your ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a flexible and competent manner, liaise effectively with collaborators from different cultures coupled with the determination to contribute LSTM's productivity is pivotal to your application.

Please Note -

  • Initial expressions of interest are welcome and interested candidates may contact Prof Kevin Mortimer ( in the first instance, who will facilitate introductions to relevant academic contacts in your area of study, at LSTM and Lancaster University.
  • Candidates must use the attached MRC approved Fellowship CV template to submit their application on the website. Applicants shortlisted for interview will be informed by 1st April 2019, which will give applicants an opportunity to discuss and develop project outlines with their potential academic sponsors at LSTM and Lancaster University.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to visit LSTM and Lancaster University to better understand the organisations and the specific Skills Development Programme we offer.
  • Only applicants holding work permit to work in the UK can apply to the Fellowship Scheme.
  • For any technical queries, please contact

Closing Date: 24th March 2019

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