Deputy Dean (Research) - Faculty of Humanities

University of Essex - Faculty of Humanities

The University is seeking to appoint three Deputy Deans (Research), one for each of our faculties, at a very exciting time in our development.  The Deputy Deans (Research) are among the principal officers of the University. These newly established positions are an exciting opportunity to take on a key research leadership role, and would be suited to those who have the experience and ambition to support the production of world-class research in a research-intensive University.

These are pan-university roles requiring the Deputy Dean (Research) to work within their own Faculty and also with the Deputy Deans (Research) in other Faculties to promote cross-faculty collaboration and to co-ordinate major strategic research initiatives. The role will be of interest to those who may have experience of leading research initiatives, have a clear understanding and experience of the external funding environment, an understanding and experience of the impact agenda and those who have led, or played a major role in leading, the writing of REF submissions.

We would welcome applications from candidates with experience of working with industry to develop innovative joint research projects and generate new funding streams.

The Deputy Dean (Research) plays a crucial role in supporting the Faculty Executive Dean and working with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) to implement and achieve the University’s strategic research objectives. This will include providing research leadership within the faculty, supporting the development and enhancement of excellence in research and coordinating and facilitating the delivery of research impact. You will be seconded to the Deputy Dean role for three years in the first instance and will not have teaching responsibilities during this period. On returning to a substantive role of Reader or Professor in your department, this will include the full range of academic duties including education, research, leadership and citizenship. A successful external candidate will be appointed to a substantive post in the appropriate department within the Faculty at either Reader or Professorial level commensurate with skills and experience and will be submitted to REF2021. 

The post is a full-time appointment, with up to 0.8 FTE allocated to the Deputy Dean (Research) role and 0.2 FTE allocated for maintaining and developing their research career.

You should have a PhD in a discipline relevant to the Faculty within which you are applying, together with a demonstrable research track record and expertise in a discipline relevant to one of the departments in the Faculty. Knowledge/experience of the impact agenda, delivering research impact and of the Research Excellence Framework process is also essential.

Appointment will be made at Reader (Grade 10) £49,772 - £55,999 per annum or at the Professorial level (Grade 11 salary scale) commensurate with skills and experience. This post also carries a leadership allowance for the term of office.

Please use the link below to make an application and for further details about this job. Visit our website: for information about the University of Essex. If you have a disability and would like information in a different format, please telephone (01206) 874693 / 873521.

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