We want to support you in becoming an independent research leader. Recently ranked number 1 in the UK for Chemistry research (THE analysis of REF 2021), the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol offers a dynamic and nurturing environment in which to develop your research programme. Our inclusive, diverse, and collaborative School provides a supportive and scientifically excellent setting in which you can build a successful scientific career.
What we can offer you:
Support in preparing your Fellowship applications – You will have a senior academic mentor in the School of Chemistry as well as support in preparing your fellowship applications from the University’s dedicated Research and Enterprise Development Team, including advice on all technical aspects and costings and support in preparing for interviews.
The best in research infrastructure and career development – You and your growing research group will have access to the School’s outstanding laboratories, equipped with >£35M of cutting edge instrumentation. You’ll join a highly collegiate and interdisciplinary academic environment and be able to engage with the University’s Staff Development Team, who support all elements of career development from teaching and research to leadership and industry engagement.
A track record of success – The School of Chemistry has an excellent track record in hosting Independent Research Fellows and in supporting promising early career researchers as they embark on their independent research careers. 100% of the Independent Research Fellows hosted by the School over the last 15 years have secured a permanent academic position either at the University of Bristol or elsewhere. The School currently hosts 10 independent research fellows and you can read profiles on some of them and their career development below.
Equity of Research Support - We pride ourselves on ensuring equal and inclusive research support to all our researchers in the SoC through all stages of academic progression, with a positive working environment, including flexible and part-time work. Home working is supported by line managers. We actively support staff through periods of parental leave by adjusting workloads and providing cover for those staff undertaking periods of paternity, maternity, parental or adoption leave.
If you are interested in applying for an independent research fellowship to be held in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol, please contact the School Research Director, Professor Carmen Galan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in applying for a postdoctoral fellowship, please contact the appropriate member of academic staff; contact details for academic staff can be found within the Research Theme webpages.
We support a range of Independent Research Fellowships, including those listed in the table below:
|Scheme||Duration||Eligibility||Current/Last Deadline||Expression of Interest|
|Royal Society University Research Fellowship||8 years||3-8 years post PhD||07/09/2023||April|
|Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship||8 years||< 6 years post PhD; flexible support required||01/11/2022||May|
|NERC Independent Research Fellowship||5 years||PhD awarded by March 2024, no limit on PDRA expereince||08/11/2023||April|
|ERC Starting Grant||5 years||2-7 years post PhD||24/10/2023||April|
|EPSRC Open Fellowship||5 years||>4 years in relevant field before start of fellowship||28/09/2023|
|UKRI Future Leader Fellowship||5 years + 3 renewal||internal competition||04/07/2023||February|
|Wellcome Early Career Awards||5 years||< 3 years post PhD||21/02/2023||September|
|BBSRC Discovery Fellowship||3 years||No limit on PDRA expereince||25/05/2023||December|
Research Fellowship examples
Click on the drop-downs below to see some of our successful research fellows.
Dr Mélanie Roffet-Salque (Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow)
Dr Mélanie Roffet-Salque holds a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship in the School of Chemistry, which supports her research into the untapped potential of lipids extracted from archaeological pottery vessels to serve as a novel proxy for palaeoprecipitation and explores the link between climate change and human response in the past. Mélanie is based in the Organic Geochemistry Unit at the School of Chemistry and has collaborations with a number of Faculties and Schools within the University, as well as with archaeologists, zooarchaeologists, geneticists and modellers at institutions throughout Europe.
Since 2018, Mélanie has received two Enhancement Awards from the Royal Society, a NERC New Investigator grant and is currently collaborating on five interdisciplinary ERC grants. Mélanie acts as an academic link for the postgraduate community and runs an MChem-level course on molecular and isotope approaches to investigating the past. In 2022 Melanie was appointed to a proleptic lectureship in the School of Chemistry.
Dr Alastair Lennox (Royal Society University Research Fellow)
Dr Alastair Lennox was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2017. His research falls under the Synthesis and Catalysis Research Theme at the School of Chemistry, as it focusses on the development of novel synthetic organic methodologies. His group has a strong focus on sustainability and mechanism, and in particular, explores the use of electrochemistry as a tool for performing selective redox transformations in synthesis. The synthesis of fluorinated molecules and building blocks is a dominant application of his methods.
Ali was awarded an EPSRC New Investigator Award in 2019 and a Starting Grant from the European Research Council in 2020. In addition to this support, his group works with several industrial partners, including GSK and Syngenta. Ali was appointed to a proleptic lectureship in 2020. Ali is ‘Careers Lead’ for the School of Chemistry, he is an active member of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion committee, and convenes the Synthesis and Catalysis Research Theme seminar series. Ali is also involved in undergraduate teaching for 2nd and 3rd year organic and inorganic chemistry.
Dr Beatrice Collins (Royal Society University Research Fellow)
Dr Beatrice Collins was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2018. Her research is focused on the design and development of autonomously operating molecular motors. Her group uses modern synthetic methodologies (e.g. transition metal catalysis, photoredox catalysis, enzymatic biocatalysis) as a means of tackling the challenges posed by the development of out-of-equilibrium functional molecular systems. Since the award of her fellowship, Beatrice received further Enhancement Awards from the Royal Society, a Research Project Grant from The Leverhulme Trust for a project developed in collaboration with Professor Jonathan Clayden, and an EPSRC New Horizons Award which supports her research into the transport of molecular cargo.
Beatrice sits on the School’s Research Committee as the Early Career Representative, has been involved in mentorship programmes at the University, both as a mentor and as a mentee, and is involved in undergraduate teaching for 2nd and 3rd year organic chemistry. Beatrice is also a supervisor on the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Technology Enhanced Chemical Synthesis. Beatrice has recently returned from a period of maternity leave.
Dr Mike Price (Royal Society University Research Fellow)
Dr Michael Beswick Price was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2023. Michael grew up in Timaru, New Zealand and undertook undergraduate studies in physics at the University of Otago, and the University of California Berkeley, before doing his PhD under Professor Sir Richard Friend in the Optoelectronics group at the University of Cambridge, UK. His PhD research focused on the optical properties of lead halide perovskites.
After his PhD, he worked for the non-governmental organisation, The Smart Villages Initiative, studying how to improve energy access in rural areas in developing countries, before doing a Postdoc in Cambridge on conjugated polymer nanowire photophysics. In 2018, he began at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington, working alongside the ultrafast spectroscopy research group of Professor Justin Hodgkiss, and becoming a lecturer and Rutherford Discovery Fellow in 2022. He began his research at the University of Bristol in 2023 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow.
Professor M. Carmen Galan (Lecturer)
Professor M. Carmen Galan joined the University of Bristol in 2006 as a lecturer in the School of Chemistry following doctoral and postdoctoral studies in the USA (The University of Georgia, The Scripps Research Institute, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology). In 2008, Carmen was awarded a Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship from the Royal Society to support her independent research career and from 2012 to 2017 she held a five-year EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship. In 2015 she was awarded an ERC Consolidator Award and was promoted to Reader. Since 2017 she has held the position of Professor in the School of Chemistry. She is also the Editor-In-Chief of the journal Carbohydrate Research.
The Galan group uses synthetic organic chemistry as a tool to probe and manipulate the structure and function of biologically relevant molecules to study biological problems and potentially discover treatments for diseases. The group’s work is highly interdisciplinary, and they collaborate with colleagues throughout the University and across the globe. In 2017, she was awarded the RSC Carbohydrate Chemistry Dextra prize for her contributions to carbohydrate chemistry. Carmen is involved in teaching organic chemistry at all undergraduate levels and is director of the MSci in Chemistry with Study Abroad.