Independent research fellowships (IRF)
Permanent faculty positions in Sheffield are currently available for holders of externally funded long-term research fellowships through the Sheffield Independent Research Fellowships (IRF) scheme.
As part of its Sheffield IRF deal, the University commits to convert externally awarded fellowships with more than three years of funding into permanent lectureships (or higher grade as appropriate).
We describe below funding sources that are eligible for the IRF deal. Our group is always happy to discuss plans of prospective applicants for one of these fellowship schemes and support them throughout their application if they wish to indicate Sheffield as the host institution for the grant.
If you plan to apply, contact us at least three months before the deadline. Email Tom Bridgeland as your first point of contact.
Eligible schemes for the IRF deal
We welcome enquiries if you are interested in joining us on an externally funded postdoc fellowship, with some possibilities listed below.
Contact us at least two months (three months for Marie Curie fellowships) before the deadline indicated.
EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowships (up to three years of funding): eligible candidates should have a PhD by the start date but there are otherwise no strict requirements in terms of postdoc experience (although in practice this should be less than 5-6 years). Applications are considered in two annual rounds, usually with deadlines in late September and late February.
Marie Curie Individual Fellowships (two years funding): eligible candidates should have a PhD by the start date, but there are no restrictions in terms of post doc experience. There is an essential mobility eligibility criterion which requires applicants to not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years before the deadline. These fellowships are particularly generous but require a substantial amount of preparation; please contact a member of staff to assist you with it. Deadline in early September.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships (three years funding): eligible candidates should have a UK PhD degree and no more than four years postdoc experience. Each University carries out an internal selection prior to submission, usually early in the year: contact us in November if you want our group to support you.
Newton International Fellowships (three years funding): for early career junior researchers with less than seven years of postdoc experience, who are not UK citizens and are not currently based in the UK. Deadline in March.
Royal Society for the Exhibition of 1851, Research Fellowships (three years funding): eligible candidates should have less than three years of postdoctoral experience. Deadline in Februrary.