Research Fellowships at the CBMA

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.

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 biological and biomedical questions. You should be able to explain quantitative concepts to those with a non-quantitative background, and be comfortable finding out about, and asking questions around, research areas that are completely new to you.

Mostly, we're looking for curious people who want to keep learning and work within interdisciplinary teams to drive new advances in science.


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