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Healthy Ageing Innovation Fellow (Secondment opportunity available)

University of Stirling - Faculty of Social Sciences

Location: Stirling
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 14th November 2021
Job Ref: FAC01368

Contract type: Fixed Term for 18 months

Working pattern: Part time: 50-70% FTE (subject to discussion and agreement with successful candidate)

The Post

The role of the Healthy Ageing Innovation Fellow is to undertake research into regional innovation clusters in the emergent healthy ageing sector as well as provide strategic advice on how to connect business, social sciences, and the arts and humanities in the UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge (HAC). The Healthy Ageing Innovation Fellow will be pivotal to building the next generation approaches and solutions to transform ageing research and innovation in partnership with business in order to deliver on the Healthy Ageing Challenge. They will help the Challenge to understand the potential impact of regional and innovation clusters across the UK with a view to shaping the next phase of the Challenge. This is a unique academic opportunity to help map and define an emergent industry sector; to understand how and why innovation clusters might develop in this sector, and to work at the cutting edge of gerontology and innovation studies.

The post which may be undertaken on a secondment basis from your current University or Organisation (from January 2022) is a 18-month UKRI Fellowship. The successful candidate will join a small team (including Research Director and Programme Manager based at the University of Stirling) and would work as part of the HAC Research Director’s portfolio. The successful candidate must be based in the UK with the ability to travel periodically to Stirling and to clusters in all parts of the UK (subject to prevailing Government guidance).

Description of Duties

  • To provide insight and understanding of how to develop, nurture and sustain new regional and local innovation clusters across the UK related to healthy ageing. The role will analyse barriers and facilitators (e.g., disciplinary, institutional, geographic, policy, including local innovation/industrial strategies, and financial) to develop and sustain healthy ageing clusters
  • To prepare a detailed analysis of the impact of existing and potential innovation clusters on a healthy ageing ecosystem with a view to shaping the next phase of the Healthy Ageing Challenge
  • To provide the theoretical and methodological rationale for following a cluster-based approach as well as identifying potential clusters (and their strengths and weaknesses)

Essential Criteria


  • PhD Degree or equivalent relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrates ability to translate research output into impact
  • Demonstrates ability to create and manage research programmes that meet the needs of industry partners and stakeholders

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