Addison Wheeler Research Fellow

Institute of Advanced Study

Grade 7: - £35,333 – £42,155 per annum
Fixed Term - Full Time
Contract Duration: 3 years
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 11-Jan-2023, 7:59:00 AM

Durham University  

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare benefits and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

The Addison Wheeler Fellowship

Durham University invites applications for three Addison Wheeler Fellowships, 36-month postdoctoral positions commencing on 1 October 2023. This scheme is intended to provide early career researchers of outstanding promise with an opportunity to complete a major project. It is open to scholars from any discipline and of any nationality.

Prospective applicants must hold a doctoral degree and have gained it since 1 September 2017. They are expected to demonstrate a strong track record of prior achievement and a high degree of preparedness to undertake a novel and ambitious programme of independent research.

To apply, you must first secure the agreement of a Durham academic department to propose your candidacy and of an academic staff member within that department to act as your mentor. The project undertaken during the fellowship should complement and strengthen the host department’s research activities, and aim to make ‘a significant contribution to knowledge, enabling us to make better use of our life here on Earth’, in accordance with the terms of the bequest that funds the scheme.

Addison Wheeler Fellows will be employed in the University on a non-renewable fixed-term contract and appointed at a point on the Grade 7 scale commensurate with their experience.  Starting salaries will be in the range £35,333 – £42,155 p.a. 

Fellows have access to additional funding to facilitate research activities such as fieldwork and conference attendance.

The fellowship scheme is administered on behalf of the university by the Institute of Advanced Study. For further details, please consult the ‘Further Particulars' and accompanying documentation at: https://www.durham.ac.uk/research/institutes-and-centres/advanced-study/fellowships-funding/addison-wheeler-fellowship/.

Application deadline: 12 midnight GMT on 10 January 2023.

How to Apply

Before applying, you are expected to obtain the agreement of a Durham academic staff member to act as your mentor and propose your candidacy. It is important that you allow sufficient time to discuss your application with the staff member concerned, as they will need to consult with their Head of Department and write a supporting departmental statement. Please be aware that departments often receive multiple enquiries from prospective applicants and are unable to propose all of them for consideration by the university selection committee.

It is also vital at this stage to alert your prospective departmental host if:

  1. the proposed programme of research raises any ethical concerns, as these would need to be considered and addressed before your candidacy can be approved. 
  2. the proposed programme of research is dependent on securing permission from or the co-operation of external bodies (e.g. an archive, an industry partner), as the offer of a fellowship will be contingent on such approvals being received.

If the host department invites you to proceed with an application, you should submit the following documents through the Durham University online application system.

  • A letter of application which includes:
  • a brief outline of the proposed research project in simple, non-technical language comprehensible by non-specialists (no more than 200 words)  
  • a statement of how the research will satisfy the stipulation of the Addison Wheeler bequest — ‘to encourage efforts for increased knowledge of people and their make-up so as to enable them to make better use of their life here on Earth’
  •  an explanation of why you believe yourself to be a suitable candidate for a fellowship. 
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement outlining the programme of research that you plan to undertake if appointed to a fellowship. It should describe the objectives, methodology and projected outcomes (e.g. publications), and enable the assessment panel to judge the project’s originality and significance. The statement should run to no more than two pages of A4 and be typed in Arial font size 11 with margins no smaller than 2cm.
  • The names and contact details of two academic referees.  You must arrange for your referees to submit their references to addisonwheeler.recruitment@durham.ac.uk by 12.00 midnight GMT on 10 January 2023.  

For informal enquiries please contact the IAS Manager, Linda Crowe (ias.manager@durham.ac.uk).  All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.

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