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Dementia Post Doctoral Awards

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations are offering career development awards for dementia research, as part of a national NIHR initiative to support promising early career researchers in dementia and to build up their number and skills across the NIHR family.
The ARC funding, provided by NIHR in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Society, is supporting a cohort of post-doctoral health and care researchers toward independence, developing their skills to establish their own research projects, programmes and ultimately groups.

Listed below are details of the awards, which will be updated as the formal application process begins late summer/autumn 2022:

NIHR ARC East of England

NIHR ARC East of England will use the funding to support post-doctoral career development awards combined with co-funding from our university partners (Cambridge, Hertfordshire, East Anglia and Essex) to help promising researchers develop their skills and establish their own research projects, programmes and networks. Each university has also pledged to co-fund the award which will be enhanced further by additional funding from the Alzheimer’s Society. 

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NIHR ARC East Midlands

NIHR ARC East Midlands research will address the needs of people with dementia in under-served groups:

  • Needs of people with young onset dementia: supported by cross-regional multidisciplinary expertise in old age psychiatry, neurology, and mental health nursing.
  • VACANCY: Senior Research Fellow Following investment into dementia research by NIHR and the Alzheimer's Society ARC WM is recruiting an experienced Senior Research Fellow. Research addresses the needs of people with dementia in under-served groups. See application details - application by 28/11/22

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NIHR ARC Greater Manchester

  • Everyday aesthetics and the intersection of arts and health: Involves the use of a participatory approach to develop, deliver and evaluate a tailoredmulti-arts social intervention with people with dementia living at home.

  • Digital technologies for falls prevention for people with dementia: The Keep On Keep Up (KOKU) digital exercise programme is being modified for people with dementia. This fellowship will build on this to develop an intervention modification and feasibility RCT.
  • Dementia and palliative/end-of-life care: This study will build on on-going work by the EMBED-Care study team by exploring the potential for more integrated models of end-of-life care and knowledge exchange between hospices, health and care services and local authorities within Greater Manchester. This will comprise: i) a systematic review of research on integrated models of end-of-life care; ii) a mapping exercise to explore different types of integrated models of; and iii) qualitative interviews with key stakeholders in Greater Manchester.

NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex

  • Supporting daily living, access to services and quality of life: A post-doctoral researcher based at the Centre for Dementia Studies (CDS), Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), will focus on strategies to support wellbeing (such as mental health, reducing loneliness/isolation) for those with dementia living alone or in hard-to-reach areas. e.g. deprived coastal communities and rural populations where health and care infrastructure is less well developed or accessible.

  • An Integration of services for a seamless patient survey: A post-doctoral researcher, based across the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) at the University of Kent and Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS), will focus on models of care for a seamless patient journey. People with dementia do not differentiate between health care providers/services, social care and even the voluntary sector and should be supported with integrated care pathways that meet their needs.

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North East and North Cumbria

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC) new dementia-focussed post-doctoral fellowships will focus on:

  • Care and support in socially disadvantaged communities
  • Care for dementia and multiple long-term conditions
  • Social care to maintain independence and dignity

The role of technology in dementia care will cut across the work programme.

Vacancy now closed

Duration: Two years

Applications closed on  16 October 2022.

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NIHR ARC North Thames

Recruitment is now open for the NIHR ARC North Thames Dementia fellowship positions. Posts are available until September 2024, and will be based at the institution of the study PI. We will match the successful candidates current salary rate. Applicants may be clinical or non-clinical; appointments will be made on the appropriate salary scale. We expect to appoint more than 1.0 FTE. Recruitment will close on the 10th November.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field; an interest in and commitment to a career in dementia research; experience of applying qualitative and quantitative research methods to evaluate complex health interventions; experience of conducting research with people with dementia and their carers; and a good peer-reviewed publication record.

Details of the six research projects the fellowship would be aligned to are:

Click here to find out more about the post and apply.

NIHR ARC Northwest London

  • Developing community-based system for the identification and management of at-risk and early symptomatic individuals, targeting diverse and deprived areas, involving Community Health and Wellbeing Workers (CHWW) that will include e-based modules for memory assessment and health promotion, and to also alert GPs, through direct digital submission to GP records. 

  • Developing a large- scale community-based dementia prevention programme (the Imperial BRC-eFINGER PRINT) that will capture clinical, lifestyle and cognitive data of cognitively healthy elderly individuals and provide a mulit-domain lifestyle intervention through bespoke e-based tools, for secondary personalised prevention of dementia. 

  • Leveraging the wealth of cognitive, lifestyle, genomic, imaging, as well as state-of art fluid biomarker data of a unique prospective longitudinal, industry and Gate’s funded study conducted at Imperial since 2013, to evaluate risk factors, develop prediction models and markers of risk, and early translation of research findings to community based prevention of dementia. 

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NIHR ARC North West Coast

The NIHR ARC North West Coast will shortly be recruiting three full time equivalent postdoctoral researchers for up to two years to work on projects identified by its diverse member organisations. All projects are underpinned by a focus on health inequalities in dementia, building on the strength of our ARC and its ongoing dementia portfolio, including at the Liverpool Dementia & Ageing Research Forum, which will act as a key outlet for disseminating the research nationally and internationally. We are seeking postdoctoral applicants from a variety of backgrounds to build the next research generation. We have a portfolio of potential projects but also welcome those from applicants.

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NIHR ARC Oxford and Thames Valley

NIHR ARC Oxford and Thames Valley researchers are active in the development of applied health and social care research across all stages of the NHS Well Pathway for Dementia: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, community support, and palliative care. NIHR ARC Oxford and Thames Valley seeks to appoint 2-3 post-doctoral researchers to who will each work within one or more of the following areas:

  • Detailed phenotyping at pre-diagnosis and diagnosis (preventing well, diagnosing well)
  • Mapping diagnostic trajectories and longer-term support needs (supporting well, living well, dying well)
  • Reducing inequalities in dementia prevention and access to health and social care services (all NHS Well Pathway stages)

Further details and applications will be available to download from ( soon. If you would like to make an informal enquiry please email

NIHR ARC South London

NIHR ARC South London will develop a postdoctoral training programme that builds research capacity in palliative and social care for people living with dementia through two interventions:

  • Co-designing a validated tool with family carers, to support care, decision-making and access to services. The Integrated Person-centred Outcome Scale in dementia (IPOS-Dem) tool includes assessment of symptoms, emotional, spiritual and information needs and will be integrated with telehealth.

  • Developing interventions to support care homes in better meeting residents’ spiritual needs, particularly those living with dementia from minority cultural or faith backgrounds. The research will be informed by perspectives of care home staff, residents living with dementia, and their family and friends to increase understanding of the beliefs and spiritual needs of residents living with dementia. Guidance and policies will be developed to help care home staff support spiritual care.

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NIHR ARC South West Peninsula

Positions filled


Three roles - Senior/Principal Research Fellowships - Positions filled

The NIHR ARC Wessex Ageing and Dementia theme focusses on independent living with and for older people with complex health and social care needs. Researchers conduct applied research grounded in the realities of living with such needs.

NIHR ARC Wessex has awarded three applied dementia post-doc fellowships, focused on research for people living at home with dementia, and part of a national cross-ARCs programme funded by NIHR and Alzheimer’s Society.


NIHR ARC West is to host three new post-doctoral researchers focused on dementia:

  • Developing ‘dementia friendly’ outcome measures: There are challenges to using outcome measures, such as ICECAP capability measures, with people who have dementia. The new role will investigate how these issues could be overcome, contributing to better use of outcome measures in the economic evaluation of interventions for people with dementia.

  • Developing a family intervention to support people who have received a dementia diagnosis: Building on the Living Well with Dementia (LivDem) group-based course, the researcher will help explore if this model could work for families.

  • Funded by the Alzheimer’s Society in collaboration with NIHR, the postholder will work closely with the other two researchers to adapt the ‘dementia friendly’ ICECAP measures and the family orientated LivDem intervention to enable reach and access to diverse communities including black and ethnic minority groups. The researcher will also evaluate a Parkinson’s Disease hub supporting patients with dementia, including those from diverse communities.

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NIHR ARC West Midlands

NIHR ARC West Midlands is offering three career development awards for dementia research, as part of a national NIHR initiative to support promising early career researchers in dementia and to build up their number and skills across the NIHR family.

The ARC funding, provided by NIHR in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Society, is supporting a cohort of post-doctoral health and care researchers toward independence, developing their skills to establish their own research projects, programmes and ultimately groups.

Currently ARC West Midlands is offering a career development award for the following project:

  • Senior Research Fellow (0.6FTE) based at Keele UniversityLink opens in a new window, with responsibility for delivering a specific work package focused on social care practice for those who live with dementia, and also providing leadership to the full ARC WM dementia research group.

For more information, please visit: opens in a new window.

This post is advertised at 0.6FTE for two years, with a closing date of 18 November 2022. Interviews will be held on 6 December 2022.

If you would like to discuss this position further, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Sara Muller (

NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber

NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber is looking to recruit three post doctoral research fellows:

  • One postdoctoral research fellow will lead on a mixed method study examining how potentially modifiable risk factors for dementia intersect with ethnicity and sociodemographic factors (University of Bradford)

  • A second postdoctoral research fellow (University of Leeds) will lead quantitative investigation of the policy impact of interventions to target dementia risk factors across ethnic groups and by deprivation using cohort study and routinely available, linked health and care datasets.

    It will also appoint an Alzheimer’s Society postdoctoral research fellow, with the opportunity for applicants to set out their vision for a two year postdoctoral research fellowship focusing on prevention of dementia, taking into account wider sociodemographic factors.