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Against Breast Cancer Junior Research Fellow

Stipend: £4,000 + £12,000 Research Allowance per annum

Contract Type: Fixed-term contract (3 years) held concurrently with a Research and/or Clinical post at the University of Oxford

The College invites applications for the post of Against Breast Cancer Junior Research Fellowship with a specialism relevant to breast cancer research tenable for a period of three years.

Ideally you will be able to start from April 2023 but we are willing to accommodate postholder needs (it would be unlikely, however, for the successful candidate to start after October 2023).

Applicants should hold, or be very close to completing, a doctorate in a field relevant to cancer biology or cancer immunology. Clinicians undertaking breast cancer research may also apply. Applicants are expected to hold a separate research or clinical post at Oxford throughout the period of the Fellowship.

The purpose of the Fellowships is to advance the scholarship of the holder through a programme of original research.  The Fellow would be permitted to contribute to teaching of undergraduates but the main purpose of the Fellowship is to pursue research, and to advance the College’s contribution to Oxford Cancer (

The posts are funded by the charity, Against Breast Cancer ( and the Fellows would be expected to occasionally assist the charity by, for example, attending fundraising events and hosting up to two laboratory tours per year.

The Fellow will receive the following:

  • Stipend of £4000 per annum
  • A research allocation of £12,000 per annum
  • Meals at the Common Table
  • Payment for any teaching undertaken will be at capitation rates

The research allowance is designed to help the researcher develop projects in an area of breast cancer research. The research allowance may support a new pilot project or assist an established research programme. The Fellows would be expected to justify their research spending, give informal updates on the research progress, and provide an annual written report. Renewal of the research allocation is subject to satisfactory progress.

How to Apply

Procedure for Application and Appointment

Applicants should submit their application to the appointment committee by email, c/o Sheila Moore, Head of HR, no later than Friday 10th March 2023.

Each application should include a CV giving a summary of the applicant’s career, and a description of the applicant’s doctoral research (no more than 1000 words) together with a statement of the breast cancer research she or he would undertake if appointed (also no more than 1000 words).

In addition, the applicant should provide the names and contact details of two referees who able to comment on their research. Where candidates do not run their own laboratory, candidates should include their head of laboratory as a reference.

Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate that the host laboratory is supportive of the project. While in post, Fellows will be required to acknowledge the Against Breast Cancer JRF in their publications.

Candidates are asked to ensure that their referees send their references direct, by email, to Sheila Moore ( no later than Friday 10th March 2023.  The short-listed candidates will be notified of the interview date.  Short-listed candidates will be required to submit an example of their published or unpublished work up to a maximum of 10000 words.

Appointment procedure

Applications for this post will be considered by a selection committee containing Fellows of the College representing appropriate academic disciplines. The selection committee is responsible for conducting all aspects of the recruitment and selection process; it does not, however, have the authority to make the final decision as to who should be appointed. The final decision will be made by the Governing Body of Oriel College on the basis of a recommendation made by the selection committee.  The appointment will be subject to the provision of proof of the right to work in the UK.

Oriel College is an equal opportunities employer.