Presidential Academic Fellowship: Urban Studies

Manchester, Greater Manchester (GB)
08 Feb 2018
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03 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Full Time

Presidential Academic Fellowship: Urban studies

School of Environment, Education and Development

Faculty of Humanities

The University of Manchester

Creative, ambitious and keen to develop transformative research, you will relish this excellent opportunity to drive your academic career to a higher level. As an impressive early career academic, you’ll recognise that securing a Presidential Academic Fellowship at the University of Manchester will empower you to unlock your potential. In addition to a good salary for the duration of your Fellowship, you’ll receive several thousand pounds per annum for research support costs and access to key technology platforms. Your time during this award will be initially dedicated to research, with no or minimal teaching in the first year, and minimal teaching in the second year.  Thereafter teaching would increase with each subsequent year of the fellowship.  You can look forward to mentoring and assistance in winning external funding and awards.

As a Presidential Academic Fellow, you will join the Manchester Urban Institute, where researchers take an interdisciplinary approach to urban studies. We have three areas of particular interest, and are keen to hear from you if any of these fall within your expertise. Work on smart cities will be grounded in quantitative social science, and will address both contemporary and future grand challenges in urban and regional systems. Work on cities, climate and sustainability will investigate the intersection of cutting-edge environmental issues, including the implications of climate change, environmental politics and public-private responses to changing urban systems. Work on global urban infrastructure will deal with the fundamental challenges of an urbanising world - from accountability and citizenship, to exclusion and inequalities in the context of smart infrastructure in cities. Whichever is your chosen field of work, you will make a real impact here.

To join us, you will need a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification. You’ll bring to the role a sustained record of publication output. Crucially, you will demonstrate the ability to develop a coherent world-leading research programme, with new concepts and ideas to extend intellectual understanding. You have what it takes to organise resources and deliver results to deadlines. Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills also equip you to build a team, and to inspire and engage students. The determination to win your own funding will be key to your success.

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