Chair in Education / Director of Research

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
£60,905 - £68,530 per annum
Tuesday, 24 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Friday, 24 January 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Education

Chair in Education / Director of Research


We are seeking enquiries from those motivated by the prospect of developing research potential and leading change; who already have extensive research experience in Education; who are ambitious to further their careers; have a vision of engaging with educational agendas at both national and international levels; and who wish to create and extend excellence in their own area.

As Director of Research, you will work with the Heads of Departments and lead the Postgraduate Research team, in which there are currently two Postgraduate Coordinators, REF academic, and administrative, support to further the university’s and School’s strategic goals.  You will support the on-going embedding of a culture of research-enhanced teaching across our academic departments.  You will develop collaborative research opportunities nationally and internationally, and lead on the enhancement and development our PGR capacity, working with others to: attract further PhD students; increase grant capture; and to strengthen our REF profile.

Being positive, creative, and collaborative by disposition, you will also be suitably academically qualified, and skilled in leading others, with experience of Higher Education leadership either within, or outwith, Scotland.  You will already have extensive research experience in Education, with high quality peer-reviewed publications.

You will have good networks in your academic field, which will be a cognate area within Education.  You will also have been involved in contributing to new thinking and ways of working in an academic context.  Coupled with an inclusive and collegial personal style, you will have a developmental disposition; a passion for quality; and a keen ability to understand changing educational, socio-political, and economic landscapes.  You will possess an ability to build positive relationships and to work effectively internally, with School colleagues, Departmental Heads; the School’s Senior Leadership Team, university decision-makers; and externally with educational partners, in national and international contexts.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 9 salary scale (£60,905 - £68,530 per annum) and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 3 year probation period.

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Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 273244 or email for further information.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 24 January 2020

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact

Dr David R Smith, Head of School/Section

+44 (0)1224 274589

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Dr David R Smith

Please quote reference number EDU098A on all correspondence

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.