The KKLF Fellowship Programme

Junior Research Fellowships (3 years)

The objective of the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund Junior Research Fellowship programme is to support outstanding individuals wanting to pursue research into haematological malignancies.

The fellowships are expected to cover a period of 3 years and are to be undertaken on a full-time basis in a recognised university, hospital, or other equivalent institution.

Designation of posts

The incumbents will be designated Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund Junior Research Fellows. There will be up to 3 such Junior Fellowships awarded annually, generally at least one from each of the following categories;

Non-medical scientists who will usually have 1-4 years' postdoctoral experience and are intending to work either at a recognised UK research institution or seeking a travel fellowship for relevant work abroad may apply for a scientific fellowship

Clinicians seeking funding for a PhD in the field of leukaemia research, usually at a UK centre, may apply for a clinical research fellowship.

Personal and academic background of candidates

Applicants may be of any nationality but should have a recognised higher degree (PhD, MRCP, MRCPath or equivalent).

Topics of research

Applications will be considered on any aspect of the study of leukaemia interpreted in its broadest sense including but not limited to molecular biology and biochemistry, virology, immunology, cell biology, epidemiology and diagnostic and therapeutic strategies including gene transfer. Persons seeking predominantly clinical training in the management of patients with leukaemia or allied disorders will not be eligible for KKLF research fellowships.

Relationship with host institution

The applicant may or may not already have employment in the prospective host institution. He/she will have discussed the project with the relevant Head of Department, who will provide a letter stating that he/she approves the planned research project and would welcome the applicant in his/her department for a period of 3 years or perhaps longer.

Starting date, duration and specification of Junior Fellowship

Each Junior Fellowship will formally start on 1 July but there will be some flexibility in the starting date. The notional duration will be 3 years with the possibility of an extension up to one year. All fellows must provide annual progress reports together with a final report and the trustees will reserve the right to terminate the fellowship after one year if they receive an unsatisfactory report from the incumbent or from the host institution.

The fellow will work under the direction of his/her designated research director. Medically qualified fellows will be permitted to do clinical work to the extent of one half-day per week or one weekend in four on call or both.

Level of remuneration, laboratory expenses, travel expenses

The incumbent will be remunerated at a level determined by the host institution, who will be the employer and thus responsible for paying the salary on a monthly basis. The salary level, however, cannot exceed the top of the lecturer grade. The KKLF will reimburse London Weighting and the employer's contributions to National Insurance and relevant pension funds. The applicant will pay income tax in accordance with UK regulations. A statement of estimated salary costs for the 3 year period (including increments but excluding inflation) must accompany the application. Nationally approved pay awards will be honoured following notification of the appropriate increases. Applications for Travel Fellowships can include a family allowance cost element if appropriate.

KKLF will allocate up to £17,000 p.a. to contribute to the cost of laboratory consumables and a further amount up to £1,000 p.a. to cover travel costs to meetings. No overtime payments will be paid.

Research proposal

Applicants will be asked to complete the approved Application Form and supply a full CV and a fully referenced scientific proposal of between 3-5 single spaced pages with supporting documents and 2 academic references. The application should be submitted by email in addition to providing a hard copy with original signatures. Applications should also include a 2-page CV for each supervisor/mentor to include selected published papers and current grants.

Applications will be considered by the KKLF panel of scientific advisers and those shortlisted will be externally reviewed. It will be judged on the basis of the qualifications of the applicant, the details of the research proposed and the appropriateness of the host institution. Interviews will take place in London in the New Year and trustees will aim to make the awards shortly afterwards.

Invitations for applications

The availability of up to 3 KKLF Junior Fellowships will be advertised. Advertisements will be placed in Nature, The British Journal of Haematology, and The BMJ (CR edition) usually in July/August and on www.jobs.ac.uk usually in August and September.

The deadline for applications for the Junior Fellowships 2015 is on 24th October 2014.

For further information and/or an application form contact info@kklf.org.uk

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