Elizabeth Gardner Fellowship

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The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to invite applications for the 2022 Elizabeth Gardner Fellowship. This four-year Fellowship specifically supports early-career, postdoctoral researchers from backgrounds that are under-represented in the School’s academic community (e.g. gender, minority ethnicity, disability, disadvantaged circumstances, etc.).

Elizabeth Gardner Fellowships honour the outstanding achievements of Dr Elizabeth Gardner (1957 – 1988). Dr Gardner studied Mathematical Physics at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with first class honours, and was awarded the Tait Medal, Robert Schlapp Prize, and the Class medal. After studying for a PhD at the University of Oxford, she later returned to the School of Physics and Astronomy in 1984 as a Research Fellow. Her works on the optimal storage of neural networks have been selected as two of the most influential papers in the 50th anniversary of Journal of Physics A.

The Fellowship aims to provide a supportive and collegial environment for early-career researchers to develop their research and submit proposals to secure external research funding (e.g. a 5-year Research Fellowship, such as a Royal Society University Research Fellowship; an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship; or an European Research Council fellowship) and, where appropriate, other external research resources such as telescope/facility time.

We welcome requests for part-time working and/or flexible working patterns, and any reasonable request will be considered favourably; the duration of the Fellowship may be adjusted accordingly, on a pro rata basis.

Applications from national, international and internal applicants are all encouraged and we welcome informal queries regarding any aspect of the Elizabeth Gardner Fellowship. These should be directed to the Head of School, Prof James Dunlop, James.Dunlop@ed.ac.uk

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Educated to PhD level in an appropriate subject
  • Experience within a research environment at a postdoctoral level
  • A track record of publication in high quality journals
  • Ability to lead and/or take responsibility for independent research; developing research objectives, projects and proposals for individual and collaborative research
  • Interest in an area of research of strategic priority to the School

As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

Application Procedure

For further information and to apply visit the University of Edinburgh Job Vacancies page

All applicants should apply online submitting an up to date CV as well as the information listed below. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

When applying, it is essential that you include the following:

  • Detailed CV
  • 1-page outline of a proposed research programme
  • Identify the research group within the School you wish to be associated with. Please also confirm whether you have discussed the fellowship with the Head of this research group
  • Please indicate briefly in your application how you personally would use the award of the Elizabeth Gardner Fellowship to encourage talented postdoctoral researchers from minorities to pursue an academic career.

We anticipate interviews will be held during the period March to April 2022, with appointments commencing within the 2022/2023 academic year. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

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