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Research Fellow (Anniversary Fellowship) - Social Sciences

Southampton, United Kingdom
£34,980 to £42,978 per annum
Closing date
8 Jul 2024

Faculty of Social Sciences

Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £34,980 to £42,978 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/07/2026
Closing Date:
Monday 08 July 2024
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 2760024A5

Research Fellows (Anniversary Fellowship) - Faculty of Social Sciences

Bring your research to the world stage and make a difference

From tackling pressing global issues such as demographic change, hate crime, sustainability and educational inclusion, to gaining a deeper understanding of digital technological change, trust in government and even the physical properties of black holes, research at the University of Southampton’s Faculty of Social Sciences addresses some of the most challenging issues facing society today.

Now, in its second year the University of Southampton is looking for dedicated early-career researchers to join our flagship Anniversary Fellowship scheme.

The University is committed to employing a diverse workforce and building an inclusive culture. The Anniversary Fellowship scheme is key to supporting us achieving this vision by attracting researchers from around the world from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life whose common goal is to achieve the remarkable and build an inclusive world.

About you

Bringing your own unique vision of how to make a difference to society, you’ll help to shape the future of research, both at the University and in your own field. With protected research time until July 2026, you’ll have the opportunity to tackle adventurous and novel research challenges. Mentoring, peer support, training and networking opportunities will be available throughout, and we will help you to access external research funding. We will encourage you to work across disciplines and connect with external partners.

Our Anniversary Fellows will support and inspire each other, driving forward innovation on an international platform. You will hold a PhD and will on the way to demonstrate potential for research excellence in your field. Highly organised and driven, you will demonstrate initiative and problem-solving skills, and will also have exemplary powers of communication, alongside a collaborative and inclusive approach.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is particularly interested to hear from candidates pursuing research in areas related to Business and Management, Demography, Education, Economics, Law, Politics and International Relations and Social Statistics.

What we can offer you

  • a world-class research environment
  • three-year independent research funding
  • the link to a permanent academic post, subject to performance
  • additional funding for research expenses
  • access to mentoring, career development and networking across the University and beyond

We aim to create an environment where everyone can thrive and are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work.

As women and people of Black, Asian and minority ethnicities are underrepresented in senior academic grades, we particularly encourage applications from these groups, as well as applications from candidates who identify as LGBTQ+; working class, first generation Higher Education, the Global South and other underrepresented groups such as people with disabilities.

Committed to supporting our teaching and research community we are open to flexible working.  We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and those who have taken a career break. Proud to be a founding signatory of the Athena Swan gender equality charter we hold an institutional Silver award which recognises our work in supporting the advancement of gender equality in academia.

As well as additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days. We will help you find a good work-life balance and endeavour to be as flexible as possible to consider individual requirements and circumstances.  We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)*, subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts. This post is offered until July 2026 on fixed term contract. We will support Fellows to develop their skills and it is intended that Fellows will be successful in securing a permanent post at the end of the Fellowship. Part-time appointment will be considered on a pro-rata basis.

For additional information or informal enquiries before submitting your application, please visit the Anniversary Fellowship scheme website at or email

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