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Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Fellowships (10 posts available)
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-017772

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/12/2021

Salary: £42,149 to £51,799 per annum (depending on experience)

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Sci & Eng Faculty Office - Dean

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Permanent

School / Directorate: Faculty Office - S&E



Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Research Fellowships

Salary  £42,149 to £51,799 per annum (depending on experience)  

One of the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s flagship schemes for investing in Early Career Researchers and increasing the diversity of our staff is the Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Fellowship (DKOs). These represent a strategic investment in outstanding researchers who will shape our future research portfolio. In 2021/22 we plan to appoint DKOs aligned to the following research areas to the School of Natural Science (SNS) and to the School of Engineering (SOE):

  • Net zero and sustainable systems, including carbon storage and hydrogen
  • Engineering for health
  • Engineering biology
  • Environmental Bio Tech, interface with medicine and healthcare
  • Data science, AI, machine learning, autonomous systems, robotics
  • Engineering materials, Quantum 2.0 and nano- and meta-materials
  • Digital engineering and manufacturing
  • Metallurgy, composites and sustainable materials
  • Energy, including fusion

These areas should be regarded as a guide to where we anticipate making appointments, and reflect the current research priorities of the Faculty.  However, outstanding candidates in science and engineering who are outside of these areas will also be considered and are encouraged strongly to apply.

The University actively fosters a culture of inclusion and diversity and seeks to achieve true equality of opportunity for all members of its community. The Faculty welcomes applications from all sections of the community and are committed to having a representative workforce. Across the Schools we hold Bronze and Silver Athena SWAN Awards, which recognise our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and particularly the advancement of women’s education and careers in STEM.

The University also holds a Bronze Race Charter Mark recognising our commitment to improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. In addition, we are a Disability Confident Employer, guaranteeing an interview for any disabled applicant who meets the minimum requirements for a job.

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester ( enjoys a global reputation for its research and its innovative approach to learning, with an on-going £1 billion investment in facilities, staff and buildings. This builds on our tradition of success that stretches back over 190 years. The birth of the modern computer, the splitting of the atom, the founding principles of modern economics, the discovery of graphene, and the birthplace of engineering – these and many more world changing innovations have their roots at our University. We are at the forefront of the search for solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems, boasting strong collaborative links with industry and public services. In 2021, the university was number one in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings table of more than 1,200 universities from around the world on impact addressing the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Application Process

Key contacts and information about the Faculty, Schools, Departments and Institutes can be found on our website ( and queries may be emailed to

Applications should be submitted AS A SINGLE PDF FILE comprising the application form, Curriculum Vitae, Research Proposal, Academic Impact Statement and Statement of Strategic Fit to by the stated deadline. In addition, the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form should also be submitted AS A SEPARATE FILE


The criteria for appointment will be based upon:

  • Overall potential of the fellowship to establish and maintain a distinctive and outstanding research and/or innovation activity
  • Quality of the proposal, particularly in relation to potential impact and deliverables
  • The relevance of the proposal to funders, industrial and/or policy stakeholders 
  • Contribution to a priority areas of research for the Faculty/School (see above)
  • Potential to act as an ambassador and advocate in their field
  • Ability to teach and communicate effectively to undergraduate and postgraduate students

We aim to appoint 10 DKO Fellowships in 21/22 subject to the identification of suitable candidates through the recruitment process. The ‘home’ Department(s) of successful applicants will be discussed with candidates and agreed with the Heads of School following interview.


Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by a panel, independently chaired by a Head of School. A shortlist of candidates will be drawn and presented to the Faculty. A Faculty panel chaired by the Vice President and Dean of the Faculty will carry out the final interview.

Applications are particularly welcomed from women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants who are currently under-represented at this level. Appointments will be made on merit. The Faculty will support requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period for childcare commitments.

Research excellence is the main criterion on the basis of which Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Early Career Research Fellowships are awarded. However, career breaks as well as unconventional research career paths will be taken into account. Evaluations will be monitored to identify potential biases e.g. in terms of gender and race to guarantee transparency, fairness and impartiality in the treatment of proposals.

Full details relating to eligibility; appointment details/conditions; and application procedure are outlined in the Guidance Notes that accompany this scheme.

Key Dates

Date Call issued: 01/11/21

Deadline for applications: 15/12/21

Shortlisting completed: 14/01/22

Invitations to interview issued: 28/01/22

Interviews: Week commencing 15/02/22

Successful and unsuccessful applicants informed of outcome: Week commencing 22/02/22

Fellowship Start date: As soon as possible after announcement of success


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