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Research Fellow in Future Thinking

University of Birmingham - School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies within the College of Arts and Law

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609 With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th April 2019
Closes: 2nd June 2019
Job Ref: 81091

Fixed term until 31st August 2022

Grade 7

The University of Birmingham wishes to appoint a 0.5 fte Research Fellow in Future Thinking with effect from 1st September 2019 until 31st August 2022. The Fellow will work in close partnership with Professor Max Saunders, and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within a specific interdisciplinary research project based between the College of Arts and Law and the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods

(See JD for full list of duties)

We seek someone with a successfully examined PhD and research interests in modern and contemporary culture and society. The Fellow’s disciplinary background is likely to include one or more of the following: STS, Informatics, Sociology, Medicine, Neurology, Medical Humanities, Digital Humanities, Cultural Studies, Geography, Environmental Science, Architecture, Engineering, Philosophy, International Relations, or Security Studies; though applicants with relevant interests in other fields may also apply. The successful candidate will have a high level of analytical capabilities

The project will undertake a comparative study of the methodologies of future thinking across a broad range of disciplines, taking in concepts of forecasting, foresight, horizon scanning, urban planning, climate science, scenario planning etc.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Rob Doolan at

Interview date to be confirmed.

To download the details and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below; please quote Job Reference in all enquiries. Alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000 or visit

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