Roles with the CBMA

Industrial Fellows

We are currently advertising for two further Industrial Fellows to work with our team to drive collaboration with industry partners.  We welcome applications from those currently based in industry, wishing to move closer to academic research, as well as those currently working within a university who wish to partner with industry to develop projects.

These roles are a key focus of our latest round of funding from the Wellcome Trust.  Working closely with David Whitehouse, our business manager, we are looking for researchers able to work with industry partners to develop ideas into sustainable longer-term projects.  Applicants will need quantiative skills that can be applied to problems identified by industry partners.

With a focus on the government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, our fellows will be supported to develop projects, and secure onward funding from both partners and government initiatives.

Joining the CBMA, you'll be part of a wider research group of around 50 researchers, based in the new Living Systems Institute, and led by Professor John Terry. We have extensive, and growing, research links across the University, and we encourage our members to establish new connections that could lead to innovative research questions and grant applications.

We are looking for candidates with a strong quantitative background, who wish to apply their skills to a variety of challenging problems.  You should be comfortable explaining technical terms to a non-technical audience, and being able to adapt existing solutions to new problems.

Mostly, we're looking for curious people who want to keep learning and work within interdisciplinary teams to find solutions to new problems.

Please see the job description for how to apply.  Please get in touch with Chrissie Walker if you'd like an informal conversation about this opportunity.

The closing date is Monday 24 September 2018, and interviews will be held on Wednesday 19 October.


Research Fellows

Our latest round of Research Fellowship applications has now closed. However, we are always interested in hearing from people who would like to work with us. Please contact Professor John Terry ( to discuss.

Our Research Fellows are at the heart of the CBMA. They lead their own personal research projects and collaborate on innovative cross-discipline research via our seed-corn process. Fellows spend around 50% of their time on their own research ideas, and are provided with a personal budget to facilitate their travel and consumables as required.

Our Fellowships are designed as a springboard to enable researchers to secure independent funding through an externally funded fellowship. Within our team, six people have secured Fellowships with the MRC's Skills Development and Career Development schemes, and an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship in the past 18 months alone.

To help you be next, you'll be automatically enrolled into our unique mentoring programme. You will receive bespoke coaching and advice, resource to deliver activities to enhance your CV and support from our research services team. We provide support to identify schemes which align best to your research interests, and coach you through our intensive interview preparation led by senior members of our team. As part of our offer, Fellows who are subsequently awarded an external Fellowship, can progress to a permanent Lectureship within an appropriate College, subject to satisfactory performance and compliance with visa regulations.



Previous CBMA Fellows:

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David Richards

This position was perfect for me. It gave me enormous freedom to establish my own research group and develop multiple new collaborations. In addition, there was superb support at all stages of applying for fellowships, from the initial concept right through to training for interview.

Dr David Richards, MRC Career Development Fellow

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Kyle Wedgwood

This fellowship position at Exeter was a springboard for my transition into an independent researcher. As well providing endless opportunities for collaboration with prominent scientists across the biological disciplines, the freedom of the role allowed me to further explore and focus my own ideas. Building on a successful early collaboration, I then successfully applied for a MRC Fellowship, which was supported at all levels through internal peer review, and importantly, interview training in preparation for the real thing.

Dr Kyle Wedgwood, MRC Skills Development Fellow