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Presidential Academic Fellowship: Interdisciplinary Social Science

The University of Manchester

Job Reference : HUM-13246
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 26/02/2019
Salary : £40,792 to £50,132 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment Type : Permanent
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Humanities
Division : - 
Hours Per week : Full Time and Part Time Positions Available
Contract Duration : An initial four-year Fellowship leading to a permanent and appropriate academic contract (subject to satisfactory performance)

Presidential Academic Fellowship: Interdisciplinary Social Science

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Humanities

The University of Manchester

Creative, ambitious and keen to develop transformative research, you will relish this excellent opportunity to drive your academic career to a higher level. As an impressive early career academic, you’ll recognise that securing a Presidential Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester will empower you to unlock your potential. In addition to a good salary for the duration of your Fellowship, you’ll receive several thousand pounds per annum for research support costs and access to key technology platforms. Your time during this award will be initially dedicated to research, with no or minimal teaching in the first year, and minimal teaching in the second year. Thereafter teaching would increase with each subsequent year of the fellowship. You can look forward to mentoring and assistance in winning external funding and awards.

We are looking for an outstanding scholar whose main contribution to the university will lie in the domain of interdisciplinary methodology. Candidates should have a proven capacity to engage with current methodological concerns.

Applicants may come from any academic background but will be expected to have strong methodological skills and also be comfortable with methods from across the social science cannon and beyond. Experience of using a diverse range of social research methods would be an advantage, as would evidence of methodological innovation.

This post will be attached to the National Centre for Research Methods (and its successor organisation) for the first five years. The successful applicants will have a range of specific research duties (involving techniques such as foresight, horizon scanning, systematic review and knowledge engineering) in the centre. The candidate will work with, and be mentored by, the Manchester PI, who is an international leader in interdisciplinary engagement. The work will involve the development of a capacity building innovation pipeline, and the post-holder will input into the methodology for, and delivery of, that interdisciplinary research and capacity building activity. We would also expect the successful applicant to deliver methods training as part of the centre’s training programme and to develop strong independent programme of future research; the area of substantive specialization is open and we are happy to consider applicants from any social science discipline (and beyond) for this unique post.

The post is an opportunity to build a profile as a leading interdisciplinary methods researcher. It would suit a candidate who is excited by methodological diversity, foresight and innovation; who can embrace interdisciplinary ambiguity and opportunity and has the academic credentials to thrive in a complex interdisciplinary project environment.

To join us, you will need a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification. You’ll bring to the role a sustained record of publication output. Crucially, you will demonstrate the ability to develop a coherent world-leading research programme, with new concepts and ideas to extend intellectual understanding. You have what it takes to organise resources and deliver results to deadlines. Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills also equip you to build a team, and to inspire and engage students. The determination to win your own funding will be key to your success.

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The University of Manchester is committed to building a culturally diverse institution where all staff and students can flourish and feel valued for their contribution and individuality. Our policies and practices are designed to encourage talented people, whatever their background, to work and study here. All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Prof Mark Elliot


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Location: Manchester
Salary: £40,792 to £50,132 per annum (according to relevant experience).
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th January 2019
Closes: 26th February 2019
Job Ref: HUM-13246
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