Ulster seeks recruits to head up research revamp

October 29, 2004

Ulster University this week launched a major recruitment drive for professors, readers, lecturers and institute directors in a root-and-branch revamp of its research activities.

Thirteen new research institutes have been established in an attempt to enhance Ulster's reputation, build on recent research successes and attract funding.

Some 40 permanent posts are on offer, with 13 fixed-term directorships of institutes. In an advertisement in this week's Times Higher , the university says that directors will have to demonstrate "potential for future excellence in the management of high-calibre research". In some cases, candidates may be considered for appointment as directors of the new institutes.

The university is seeking researchers with proven track records, particularly in peer-reviewed published work.

Bernie Hannigan, pro vice-chancellor (research), said the aim was to fill all vacancies in this academic year. "Appointments will be made on the basis of quality rather than quantity, and we are inviting applications across all 13 institutes," she said.

The university's "resource allocation strategy" allows it to skew funding disproportionately towards areas of research that have demonstrated achievements at the highest international level.

Applications are invited for each of the research institutes, which are: art and design; biomedical sciences; built environment; business and managerial; Celtic studies; computer science; health and rehabilitation sciences; law (transitional justice); media studies; nanotechnology and advanced materials; nursing; social and political; and the academy for Irish cultural heritages.

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