Research Fellow in Professional Development and Capacity Building

University of Southampton - Geography & Environment

Professional Development and Capacity Building (Hydrological Modelling, Hydrological Forecasting, Water Resources Management, Water Security, Sustainability)

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Research Councils UK Collective Fund is ‘one of the most ambitious international research programmes created; with £225 Million being invested across 37 interdisciplinary projects’ to address a range of world problems. The University of Southampton’s project: ‘Building REsearch Capacity for sustainable water and food security In drylands of sub-saharan Africa (BRECcIA) is proud to be part of this innovative research cohort. BRECcIA comprises 6 Universities located in 4 countries, and partnerships with 8 international organisations.

The University of Southampton seeks a researcher with experience in Professional Development and Capacity Building for two years (renewable for up to one further year subject to the demands of the research project). You will be part of the BRECcIA project team (partners based in Malawi, Kenya, Ghana and the UK) with post-docs from different disciplinary backgrounds

You will have an enthusiasm for professional development within the Higher Education context to review and assist with the implementation and monitoring of our capacity building and professional development. You will work with researchers in a range of institutions and with our partner organisations based in the UK, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana and South Africa. Reporting to a Work-package lead/Co-I (Dr Julie Reeves), and based in Southampton, you will also work closely with staff from Vitae, SARIMA, and our partner institutions. You will assist with the implementation of development activities and with evaluating the impact of our researcher development, researcher manager and capacity building activities. We want to understand the impact of our activities and to identify the key enablers of successful partnership/collaborative working, especially those involving international collaborations. Knowledge/experience of international partnerships and/or researcher development would be advantageous but is not an essential requirement – although enthusiasm for these subjects would be.

You will have, or will be close to completing, a PhD (or equivalent professional qualifications) with experience of conducting interviews, of interpreting and analysing qualitative data using for example, phenomenographic, contextual analysis or grounded theory and/or other qualitative or quantitative techniques. In addition, you will be able to plan and organise work independently and as part of a team, and write research reports. You will have effective negotiation and interpersonal skills capable of building and maintaining a range of relationships and organisational networks to support the aims of BRECcIA.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 995618WR on all correspondence.

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