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Spotlight on... Jill King - Clinical PhD Fellow

Clinical Fellowships for excellent clinical trainees to train a new generation of clinical academics in medical mycology

We offer fellowships to excellent clinical trainees who want to pursue a career in clinical academia and have an interest in medical mycology. 

3-year Clinical PhD fellowships

These 3-year fully funded Clinical PhD Fellowships provide talented clinicians with an exciting and unrivalled opportunity for protected time to conduct research that addresses critical knowledge and skills gaps in medical mycology. Clinical PhD fellows will develop a research programme, and gain laboratory and academic skills leading to a PhD degree in a world-class centre of excellence for studying fungal infectious diseases. Proposed topics of the research programme can be in any area of medical mycology, from molecular mycology to host-fungus interactions and fungal immunology, and from antifungal resistance to drug discovery and pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) of antifungals. We are particularly interested to attract a clinician with an interest in PK/PD of antifungal drugs.

Medical and/or dental graduate with an interest and aptitude for developing a career in clinical academia. You have completed the foundation programme with a minimum of 24 months postgraduate clinical experience (successful completion of UK Medical or Dental Foundation Year 1 and 2 competencies) and be fully registered with the GMC or GDC at the time of appointment. We anticipate some candidates will have commenced specialty training (with a National Training Number) and applicants up to 2 years away from award of their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) are eligible to apply.
The successful candidate would need to apply for out of programme research which will allow them to step out of training for 3 years. This will need the agreement of the Training Programme Director (TPD) and / or Head of School, achieved using the formal application process via the Deanery. Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and ability to work to clinical and scientific deadlines are essential. Previous experiences in scientific and/or laboratory skills are preferred but not necessary to be eligible for this exiting post. Training fellows are supported with a research budget of £9k per annum.

1-year Noah’s Pink Balloon Clinical Fellowship

The main focus of the Noah’s Pink Balloon Fellowship is research into Mucormycosis, a feared infectious complication in patients undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia and other malignancies, and in patients receiving a bone marrow transplant. It is the second most common mould infection in these patient groups with an extremely high case-fatality rate.

For this post, funded by Noah’s Pink Balloon Leukaemia Fund, the MRC CMM is seeking applications from outstanding medical graduates with an interest and aptitude for developing a career in clinical academia.  This Clinical Research Fellowship provides clinicians with an exciting and unrivalled opportunity for protected time to develop academic skills and gain research experience for studying fungal infectious diseases.

The Fellow will be registered full time on our postgraduate MRes in Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology, which is underpinned by structured taught courses to provide an extensive knowledge and skill-base in fungal infectious diseases, followed by a 24-week laboratory-based research project focused on developing new diagnostic tools for mucormycosis. Fellows will be strongly encouraged and supported to develop their pilot data into an application for a highly prestigious and competitive externally funded Clinical Research Training Fellowships.

Submission of applications is now close