The IMS-MRL has a track record of training talented early and mid- career scientists for long-term academic positions within the IMS-MRL and around the world.
We are dedicated to supporting the next generation of senior researchers in metabolic disease. We recognise that there are many challenges in building an academic career.
Early and mid-career researchers at the IMS-MRL have access to many development opportunities through the School of Clinical Medicine, the Clinical Academic Training Office and the Researcher Development Programme.
Regular networking events, such as the IMS-MRL summer garden party, also provide informal opportunities to talk to senior colleagues for mentorship and advice.
When I was an early-career researcher, surviving on fellowships (and consequently short-term contracts) was always challenging as it meant there were limited time windows when I could write project grant applications as PI. I now find it very rewarding advising other early and mid career researchers, using my own experiences to provide as much support as I can to help them navigate the system.
Sue Ozanne, Principal Investigator
I changed field after my PhD and had to learn lots of new techniques which I often found very intimidating. But after going through this, I gained confidence in my self -learning abilities and technical barriers are not an issue anymore. Moving to the UK, as a new PI, I discovered an academic environment very much turned towards patients and clinical work. I am still learning how to navigate this!
Clemence Blouet, Principal Investigator
The best thing about working at the IMS-MRL is the opportunity to do ground-breaking research with excellent (and friendly) collaborators both within the IMS-MRL and across the biomedical campus.
Daniel Fazakerley, Principal Investigator
I did my PhD in the IMS-MRL and now work as a principal investigator. I have received a lot of informal support and mentorship from many of the IMS-MRL PIs and affiliated investigators over the years. This support transformed my aspirations and gave me the confidence to build my independent career.
Claire Meek, Principal Investigator – pictured with affiliated PI, Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri