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Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral and Clinical Research Training Fellowships in Diabetes and Metabolism: A PhD or BSc in a medical/biological subject

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral and Clinical Research Training Fellowships in Diabetes and Metabolism

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral and Clinical Research Training Fellowships in Diabetes and Metabolism: The Novo Nordisk Fellowship Programme aims to support the development of a new generation of exceptional young diabetes researchers, who will become future leaders in the field, while further developing scientific excellence within diabetes and ultimately improving the lives of patients.

The 2017 call for applications is now open. The closing date is midday, Wednesday 19 April 2017.

The postdoctoral research fellowships are aimed at early career researchers with a basic science background and the clinical research training fellowship is aimed at clinicians who wish to undertake a DPhil (PhD) and who aspire to a career in academic medicine.

  • Fellowships are fully funded for a 3 year period and will provide a salary for the fellow, a generous travel allowance for the fellow and consumable support for the lab in which they are based.
  • These prestigious fellowships are open to outstanding candidates of any nationality.
  • Fellows will be based in the University of Oxford in research groups with a focus on diabetes & metabolism.
  • Fellows will get to spend a period of time in the labs of Novo Nordisk in Copenhagen.

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral and Clinical Research Training Fellowships in Diabetes and Metabolism

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

The Novo Nordisk Fellowship programme is an international fellowship programme so applicants from any country are eligible to apply. We aim to recruit fellows with the potential to become leaders in the field of diabetes in subsequent years.

Please note that while we will consider all applications the funding provided for the Clinical Research Training Fellowship will only cover home/EU DPhil fees. More information on fees at the University of Oxford can be found here.

Please note that applicants from Denmark and Scandinavian countries would be particularly welcome.

For the postdoctoral fellowships

The following criteria are essential for the post:

  • A PhD, or near to completion, in a medical/biological subject, together with relevant experience
  • Be no more than 3 years post PhD at the start of the fellowship (Autumn 2017). This condition will be relaxed proportionately for applicants who have had a career break
  • The ability to manage your own academic research and associated activities
  • A strong CV, having published in high impact journals and presented at international meetings
  • Ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation
  • Ability to work with meticulous attention to detail
  • An enthusiastic interest in diabetes and metabolic research
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and leadership, with the ability to communicate research ideas and results in a clear and logical way and the ability to confidently and effectively interact with colleagues and the broader research community
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • A conscientious and enthusiastic working approach
  • Excellent planning, organisational and problem solving skills
  • Computer proficiency in all relevant areas

It would be desirable if you had previous experience of research related to type 2 diabetes and/or related conditions.

For the clinical research training fellowship

The following criteria are essential for the post:

  • Have prior research experience (typically a BSc), a medical degree and some specialist experience, typically having obtained MRCP or equivalent, but not CCT or consultant status
  • Have a strong academic record (e.g. prizes, 1st class degree etc.)
  • Registered with or qualified to register with General Medical Council
  • A strong CV, as evidenced by publications in international journals
  • Ability to work with meticulous attention to detail
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and leadership, with the ability to communicate research ideas and results in a clear and logical way and the ability to confidently and effectively interact with colleagues and the broader research community
  • Committed to a career in diabetes or metabolic medicine, clinical practice and research
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • A conscientious and enthusiastic working approach
  • Excellent planning, organisational and problem solving skills
  • Computer proficiency in all relevant areas

The following criteria are desirable for the post:

  • Previous experience of research related to type 2 diabetes and/or related conditions.
  • Experience of working in a research team (case reports, presentations, methodologies etc.)
  • Experience of working in a clinical environment centred on delivering care to people with diabetes

Research Projects

The following projects are available as part of the 2017 intake of fellows.

Principal Investigators Project title
Prof Mark McCarthy, Associate Prof Cecilia Lindgren, Prof Gil McVean Defining novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets for type 2 diabetes through genetic analysis in massive human data sets

Associate Prof Cecilia Lindgren, Prof Roger Cox

Determining potential causal mechanisms by genetic fine mapping, genomic annotation and functional characterization at obesity and fat distribution loci

Associate Prof Charalambos Antoniades, Prof Keith M Channon

Exploring a novel signalling in “dysfunctional” adipose tissue, mediating the cardiovascular complications of diabetes

Dr Reshma Ramracheya, Dr John Ryan, Prof Patrik Rorsman

Exploring the relationship between DPP-IV inhibition and PYY mediated control of hyperglycaemia

Prof Frances Ashcroft

How does chronic hyperglycaemia impair beta-cell metabolism and thereby induce loss of both beta-cell function and beta-cell mass? 

Dr Rustam Rea, Dr Alistair Lumb, Dr Garry Tan, Prof Jim Davies, Prof Mihaela van der Schaar

Personalisation of glycaemic regimes to reduce in-hospital hypoglycaemia

Associate Prof Leanne Hodson, Prof Fredrik Karpe, Dr Katherine Pinnick

Understanding the insulin-sensitising role of the lipokine palmitoleate: investigations using human in vivo and in vitro cellular models

As part of your application, you must list up to three projects that you have selected, ranking them in order of preference and explaining why you have selected them. This information should be included as part of your supporting statement.

How to apply

To apply, and to view the job descriptions, please follow the links on the University of Oxford Job Details Page: 

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral and Clinical Research Training Fellowships in Diabetes and Metabolism

Contact Details

Prof Hugh Watkins is the Chair of the Programme Steering Committee.

Dr Ruth McCaffrey is the Programme Manager for the Novo Nordisk Fellowship Programme.

Dr Serena Briant is responsible for the day to day co-ordination of the Fellowship Programme. Any enquiries should be directed to Serena, in the first instance – via email or phone (Tel: +44 1865 231458).

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