The Medical Research Council Centre for Medical Mycology (MRC CMM) at the University of Exeter is a world-leading research centre that is helping to tackle the major global threats to human health caused by fungal diseases.
The Centre brings together researchers from the fields of medicine and living systems, and the biological, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences. Its mission is to (1) facilitate pioneering cross-disciplinary research to substantially advance our understanding of life-threatening fungal infections and to have a positive impact on patient lives through improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and (2) to increase capacity in medical mycology in the UK and globally, by delivering a strong cohort of basic and clinical researchers in medical mycology through excellent training programmes
The MRC CMM is now seeking applications for the Clinical PhD Fellowships programme to train a new generation of clinical academics in medical mycology. Clinicians who wish to develop a long term career in academic medicine specialising in medical mycology are invited to apply.
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.
You are an outstanding 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.
What we can offer you
Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon