Dr Nakita Noel, centre front, and members of her research group in the Beecroft Building at the University of Oxford

Supporting fellowship pilot for researchers of Black heritage

The Department of Physics is welcoming applications for the Royal Society’s brand new Career Development Fellowship. The Career Development Fellowship (CDF) is a four-year postdoctoral research fellowship that aims to support the retention in STEM of researchers from underrepresented backgrounds; the scheme is initially running as a pilot with researchers from Black heritage.

The Royal Society developed the CDF having identified the need for interventions across the academic pipeline to support researchers from Black or Mixed Black African, Black Caribbean or other Black heritage backgrounds, particularly researchers making the transition from postgraduate to early postdoctoral stages.

‘It would be fantastic to welcome Career Development Fellows to work here at the Department of Physics in Oxford,’ comments Professor Sonia Antoranz Contera, Associate Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Physics. ‘We work on a vast range of incredibly exciting science and we want bright and enthusiastic physicists from around the world to join us in our discoveries. This pilot is a much-needed initiative and to encourage people to apply to our department, our team of specialist facilitators will work closely with applicants and their sponsors to ensure every chance of success.’

The fellowships will provide funding to conduct high-quality research and a comprehensive programme of mentoring, training and networking opportunities to support award holders in establishing a successful research career in the UK.

Find out more about the Royal Society's Career Development Fellowship.

Applicants who are interested in applying through the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford should refer to the Royal Society Career Development Fellowships page on the Department of Physics website. The deadline for expressions of interest to the Department of Physics is 13 November 2023.