Chain-Florey Clinical Research Fellowships are for medical graduates pursuing a career as an academic clinician. Emphasis is placed on the development of well-rounded researchers equally strong in both clinical research and basic science. Fellows are expected to carry out their research in one of the LMS’s world-leading basic science groups.

We are looking for candidates with a genuine interest in conducting scientific research, and an open and enquiring mind. Clearly some laboratory experience is helpful, but we realise that our clinical Fellows will not have spent extensive time in a lab. The most important thing is to be aware that you would be starting at ground level. We also cannot guarantee that you will be able to have a project that is directly linked to your clinical speciality, so you need to be prepared to be flexible. What we can provide is a sound scientific training on an interesting project in an internationally competitive research institute full of young researchers. The aim is to provide our Chain-Florey Fellows with scientific skills that equip them for a high flying career in academic research medicine.

Chain-Florey projects must involve human tissues or samples or be otherwise related to human disease of relevance to the Imperial Academic Health Science Centre strategy. Clinically trained Fellows develop a unique appreciation of the practical application of treatments and bring a valuable perspective to scientific research. Fellows have three years to complete their PhD – on completion, they return to their postgraduate clinical training.

The posts, jointly funded by the MRC and the NIHR through the Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, are currently being offered to successful applicants who are EEA nationals. The LMS typically offers three posts each year.


Eligibility criteria
– NHS Doctor in Training in the UK
– Hold a National Training Number and be eligible for ‘OOPE’ (Out of Programme Clinical Experience for Postgraduate Doctors in training)
– Would normally have passed Membership exams

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