Career Development Fellow
The purpose of career development fellowship posts are to offer a three year planned
period of training and development for research scientists who have just completed their
doctoral studies, or who are moving into new research disciplines, or who are clinically
qualified with little or no research experience, or who have no previous training in key
The training and development programme consists of work on a defined scientific project and participation in a programme of transferable skills training. A fellowship may be extended for a short period not exceeding twelve months to enable important training objectives to be fulfilled. Alternatively, fellowships may be for less than three years (though no less than two years) if funding is from a non-MRC source and for a more limited term. Career development fellowship posts are of a finite duration and offer no guarantee of continued employment with MRC.
Open-ended scientific classes
This category consists of two career streams¸ Investigator Scientists and Programme Leaders. These appointments are normally made on an open-ended basis subject to the MRC’s policies on health, working efficiency and discipline, and continued employment is dependant on MRC’s requirement to direct and support scientific research programmes and projects in accordance with its overall strategic portfolio under its system of quinquennial and other reviews.
Investigator Scientist (including Senior Investigator Scientist and Clinical Investigator Scientist)
Investigator Scientists are typically leading non-clinical/clinical research projects within wider peer review programmes. They are employed on open-ended contracts unless funding for their initial appointment is from a limited term non-MRC source.
The role of Programme Leaders is to direct and sustain internationally competitive research programmes drawing on the collaborative inputs of scientific colleagues from both within and outside MRC. They are accountable for planning the scientific direction of their research programmes and for presenting them for peer review in accordance with MRC’s funding and review procedures. Programme Leaders are appointed following a process of peer review and panel assessment and are employed on open-ended contracts.
The Programme Leader-Track Scheme is a rigorously assessed internal development programme, typically of six years duration, for individuals who demonstrate the potential to lead independent and internationally competitive research programmes. Promotion to Programme Leader status is subject to peer review and panel assessment following successful propagation of the programme.