Sydney Harvey Junior Research Fellowship

Sydney Harvey Junior Research Fellowship in STEM

Churchill College intends to appoint a non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellow in any of the STEM disciplines – sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The appointment will be for up to three years from 1 January 2022.


Churchill College includes a significant community of postdocs – around 60 in all, including Junior Research Fellows, Teaching By-Fellows and Postdoctoral By-Fellows. They are all full members of the Senior Common Room with generous dining rights, access to sports and music facilities, and varied opportunities for participation in the academic and social life of the College. The Junior Research Fellow will additionally be entitled to a small Fellows’ set in College. Research expenses can also be claimed up to £1000 p.a. The position involves no formal teaching requirement, although it is hoped that appointees will participate in mentoring postgraduate students or contribute to the College’s academic mission in other ways.  Opportunities for undergraduate teaching may be available in some subjects. The prime duty of a Research Fellow is to pursue research and they will be expected to provide a written report on the progress of their research each year.


Applicants must be UK or Commonwealth citizens. The Fellowship is intended to be a first post-doctoral position, appropriate to the start of an academic career in a STEM discipline, for someone who intends to pursue an independent research agenda free from departmental obligations or constraints. Applicants should therefore hold a personal fellowship or equivalent in the University or one of its associated research institutes, with tenure for at least two years from the date of application, that is until October 2023. Appointments will be made on the basis of academic distinction and potential contribution to the academic community at Churchill College. The Fellowship is open to graduates of any University with no age limit, but will normally be awarded to candidates who have recently completed their PhD or are close to completion.


Application is by CV, application form (download below), and letter in which, in no more than 750 words, applicants should describe their research and its importance, and what they will bring to the Churchill academic community. In addition, candidates should include one published research article which represents the focus of their research work. Applicants must also arrange for two academic referees to write directly to the College on their behalf. 

Applications and references must be received by Miss Helen Johnson, Fellowship Administrator, at Churchill College, by Friday 1 October 2021 

Download Application Form