Individuals seeking Skills Development Fellowship (SDF) support no longer apply directly to the MRC. Instead they are able to apply for an MRC SDF fellowship position at a participating host institution, such as the University of Liverpool. The main reasons for the change is to improve cross-departmental interdisciplinarity. The MRC wishes to attract more individuals directly from core quantitative disciplines to the scheme.
The University of Liverpool is looking for Fellows who have a background on one of the quantitative skills areas of statistics, computer science and applied mathematics, and who wish to further develop those skills whilst also learning new skills in one of the other two areas. Fellows will also have an interest in one of the biomedical areas described and be embedded in a world-leading research group in that area.
The main purpose of the SDF scheme has not changed. The following text is taken from the MRC website, https://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/fellowships/skills-development-fellowships/.
Skills Development Fellowships are 3-year training fellowships that will support capacity building in MRC priority areas by:
- Supporting very early career researchers to explore, consolidate and further develop their skills in a priority area in which they are already active or in which they are seeking training.
- Supporting researchers at all career stages who wish to transform their career by developing new skills in a priority area.
- The scheme currently focuses on the following priority skills areas: mathematics, statistics, computation, informatics, health economics and/or mixed methods research applicable to any biomedical or health related data sources, from molecular to population level. These skills can be applied across the full range of the MRC’s remit, for example, cell biology, physiology, epidemiology, population and public health, and health psychology.
Open Days for Candidates
15th & 26th March 2018
21st May 2018
8th & 12th June 2018
Start the Fellowship
June 2018 - March 2019