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University of Bath Prize Fellowships in the Faculty of Science

This scheme closed for new applications at the end of 2017. We've left the pages here for information and will update them if the scheme reopens in the future.

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Our Prize Fellowship Scheme will nurture your research career and fast-track you to a permanent appointment at Bath

Research areas

The Faculty of Science comprises six academic departments: Biology & Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, and Physics.

We are looking to recruit Prize Fellows in the following areas:

  • bioinformatics
  • energy storage
  • photonics
  • probability & its connections
  • sustainable technologies (including industrial biotech & catalysis)
  • therapeutic innovations (including healthcare technologies)
  • visual computing, robotics and artificial intelligence

The Institute for Mathematical Innovation is looking to recruit in the following areas:

  • machine learning
  • statistics & data science
  • mathematical modelling for industrial challenges

The Milner Centre for Evolution is looking to recruit in the following areas:

  • experimental evolution
  • statistical approaches to evolution
  • evolutionary ecology/genomics

These research areas are described in more detail below.

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Driven by technological advances, the modern life sciences have been transformed by the availability of ever larger datasets. These include huge archives of population data such as patient records, high resolution images of cells, tissues and organs, and the almost incalculable variety of genes, genomes and metagenomes that make up natural biological diversity. The opportunities opened up by these ‘Big Data’ bring several challenges and have led to the growth of the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics that combines computer science, statistics and mathematics to analyse and interpret biological data. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the field of comparative genomics where analysis of high-throughput sequencing data has already made a considerable impact in understanding the diversity and evolution of organisms and the genomics underlying phenotype variation.

The University of bath has made significant advances in enhancing bioinformatics within several departments. The Prize Fellow can be drawn from multiple disciplines and will have expertise in developing big data tools and interfaces for:

  1. querying, manipulating and mining big data
  2. software development
  3. contextualization and integration for hypothesis driven research

Contact: Professor Sam Sheppard

Energy storage

Energy storage is one of the greatest research challenges of our time. In this area, rechargeable batteries have revolutionised portable electronics, and are increasingly important for next-generation electric vehicles and for grid storage of renewable energy such as solar. The Prize Fellow will complement and build on the Department of Chemistry’s multidisciplinary research groups in energy and environment-related areas, which are of international standing.

Current national initiatives linked to Bath Chemistry include the new Faraday Institute on ‘Batteries for Britain’, and the EPSRC Supergen Hubs on Energy Storage and SuperSolar. Bath Chemistry also hosts the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Sustainable Chemical Technologies with strong links to the University’s Institute of Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE). In order to build on these successful activities, we are now looking to recruit an outstanding scientist who has a proven research track record in the area of Energy Storage. The successful candidate will be at the forefront of advanced energy materials and/or electrochemical research.

We particularly encourage applications that align with current research priorities in one or more of the following research areas: lithium and sodium batteries, solar cells and photovoltaics or hydrogen generation and storage.

Contact: Professor Saiful Islam


The Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials (CPPM) is a vibrant 30-strong research grouping recognised globally for research in microstructured fibre and nonlinear optics. Recent academic appointments have driven diversification into femtosecond spectroscopy, plasmonics, polaritonics, nanophotonics, microscopy, and quantum optics. The Centre hosts a world-leading optical fibre fabrication cleanroom suite maintained by a dedicated technician, as well as a dozen optics laboratories containing state-of-the-art lasers and measurement equipment.

We are seeking applications from outstanding early-career researchers for a Prize Fellowship in Photonics. We encourage candidates whose interests complement our research strengths, for example through further use of existing facilities or by enabling new collaborations with current members of staff. In particular, we encourage applications from groups that are under-represented in physics including women.

Contact: Dr Peter Mosley

Probability & its connections

The new prize fellow will enter the probability laboratory with the expectation of building much stronger links either with other areas of mathematics or other scientific disciplines within the University. The final selection will be held on the basis of the longer-term ability of the candidate to feed into larger strategic incentives, including, but not exclusively: SAMBa, Centre for Mathematical Biology, Pure and Applied Analysis, Centre for Networks and Collective Behaviour and the Milner Centre for Evolution.

The fellow will be advertised against a broad open call in all areas of applied probability, encouraging in particular, submissions in the area of:

  • stochastic genetics/biology
  • numerical, statistics and computational aspects of stochastic systems
  • stochastic PDEs: analysis and computations
  • mathematical physics and probability
  • probabilistic applications of optimal transport

Contact: Professor Andreas Kyprianou

Sustainable technologies

Research towards development of technologies with the potential to enhance global sustainability requires creative and interdisciplinary science and engineering. Sustainable Technologies assist in the delivery of the “ambitious and transformational vision” embodied in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations in 2015. These include targets for economic growth and poverty alleviation, as well as environmental protection. We are therefore seeking applications with research interests in a range of scientific areas in sustainable technologies.

Examples that align with current research priorities include:

  • Sustainable manufacturing technologies using renewable resources and industrial biotechnology, e.g. exploitation of biomass via biocatalysis, or production of novel functional materials delivering the performance of oil-based polymers yet compatible with the tenets of the circular economy
  • Transformational technologies for the sustainable exploitation of scarce water and energy resources
  • Systems/means of measuring and quantifying sustainability gains and the flows of energy and materials in an increasingly circular economy

The Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) is a multidisciplinary research centre, which also hosts the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Sustainable Chemical Technologies providing a core of engaged researchers and PhD students; more than 60 academics are associated with the CSCT and the CDT (funded to 2023) has more than 70 PhDs at steady state.

Contact: Dr Janet Scott

Therapeutic innovations (including healthcare technologies)

Despite great progress in our fundamental understanding of disease and the development of many innovative new medicines over the past decades, there are still many areas of unmet medical need with no effective treatment. The goal of the Centre for Therapeutic Innovation is to transform and translate innovation in drug discovery and development to create effective medicines for patient benefit.

Bath is an international leader in therapeutic innovation from target validation and drug discovery, through to delivery of drugs across biological barriers and precision medicine including innovative sensor technologies and biomarker identification.

We look to appoint outstanding individuals with an excellent track record in an area of pharmacology, immunology, chemical biology or pharmaceutical technology relevant to drug target identification and validation or drug delivery & development and aligned with our primary research areas. These are focused on:

  • Immune regulation and Inflammation
  • The design of medicines and delivery across biological barriers
  • Mechanisms of disease

We promote interdisciplinary research and the centre has strong collaborations across Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Mathematical Sciences, Biology & Biochemistry, Health, Engineering and Chemistry. We have excellent and long-standing funded collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Our research portfolio includes multi-University MRC partnerships in rheumatology and autoimmune disease as well as FDA-funded research programmes in medicines design.

Contact: Dr Amanda Mackenzie

Visual computing, robotics and artificial intelligence

Creating machines that can perceive, understand, navigate and interact with the world around us is an important scientific and engineering challenge involving visual computing (computer vision and computer graphics), robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). These core disciplines drive innovation across multiple sectors, including entertainment (movies, video game and immersive technologies), autonomous vehicles and systems (sensing and navigation), architecture (designing and visualising environments), healthcare and wellbeing (rehabilitation, lifestyle and health monitoring and analytics, aging population) and engineering (computational product design and visualisation 3D manufacture).

Visual computing, robotics and AI at Bath has a strong track record of internationally leading research and industrial collaboration, supported by over £15 million of major strategic UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) investments including the Centre for Digital Entertainment (CDE) and the Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA). Our research underpins undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in computer science, digital entertainment, data science, and machine learning and autonomous systems (twinned with the MSc Robotics and Autonomous Systems in Electrical and Electronic Engineering). We are also closely aligned with other major UKRI and University of Bath investments, including Statistical and Applied Mathematics at Bath (SAMBa) and the Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI).

Contact: Professor Darren Cosker

Institute for Mathematical Innovation

The Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI) is an innovative and agile leader in mathematical sciences in the UK. Its mission is to develop and apply mathematical sciences research, aiming especially at economic and societal impact, and to generate fundamental insights beyond the mathematics discipline.

IMI engages across many disciplines and sectors; for example, the Institute has current or recent projects that link to application areas that include natural hazard risks, data analysis for social policy, materials science, automotive engineering, physiology, and imaging.

IMI seeks to recruit a Prize Fellow to work in one of the following three areas:

  • Machine learning, especially at the interface of probabilistic modelling and neural computation, and in the mathematical foundations of artificial intelligence systems.
  • Statistics and data science, especially novel methodologies and their applications in environmental science, healthcare, or bioinformatics.
  • Mathematical modelling in industry, especially in the development of analytical and computational mathematically-based skills, and their application to industrially-based challenges.

Contact: Professor Jonathan Dawes

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Milner Centre for Evolution

The Milner Centre for Evolution led by Professor Laurence Hurst, is a world-class centre of excellence for the study and promotion of evolution. It aims to provide fundamental underpinning research in all aspects of evolutionary science, to develop impactful research through application of evolutionary science and to promote the public understanding of evolution, not least through research into the best means of teaching evolution.

The 25 academics of the Centre traverse all three branches of its remit. The Centre has a purpose-built building that is due to open 2018. We currently have considerable strength in big data approaches, including in genomics, paleontology and comparative analysis. We integrate closely with microbiologists many of who are members of the Centre. These activities are underpinned by an impressive record of external grant funding from ERC, Leverhulme and RCUK.

We are seeking to recruit talented young researchers in any area of evolutionary science, but particularly encourage applications to strengthen our skills base in experimental evolution, statistical approaches to the study of evolution and evolutionary ecology/genomics.

Contact: Professor Laurence Hurst

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