To develop and lead a programme of internationally-excellent research that contributes to the cross-disciplinary field of urban studies, and to undertake cognate teaching and administration duties. Candidates with particular expertise in either urban crime; housing, real estate and urban economics; or society and big data are encouraged to apply, although other specialists in the urban studies field will also be considered.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. To lead and deliver a research programme of internationally-excellent research in urban studies in order to contribute to the School’s academic objectives and priorities.
2. To seek and obtain external funding for research from funders from a variety of sources including the UK Research Councils, the European Union, government, industry and the third sector, and act as principal investigator as required.
3. Publish research outputs in high-quality international academic outlets, which could be submitted as part of a future Research Excellence Framework submission and in other similar quality assessment exercises.
4. Present findings and research at appropriate national and international conferences and events.
5. Undertake activities to disseminate research within and beyond the academic community, contributing to knowledge transfer and to the profile of the School.
6. To attract and supervise high-calibre postgraduate research students to completion.
7. To work with other academic colleagues, and to supervise research associates and assistants, so as to achieve effective delivery and high quality outputs.
8. To participate in research groups working within Urban Studies, the School and the College in order to support a lively research culture and the achievement of the School’s/ College’s research objectives, and to lead research group within Urban Studies.
9. To provide teaching contributions within the School of Social & Political Sciences at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including making a contribution to developing new programmes and courses.
10. To provide a contribution to administrative activities within the School of Social & Political Sciences in order to provide effective support for teaching and research
11. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Glasgow 2020 – A Global Vision http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_180610_en.pdf
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
A1 a PhD, or equivalent research experience in a relevant subject area.
A2 Up-to-date knowledge of the international academic literature and relevant policy debates, and of future directions for research in an area of urban studies.
A3 Excellent knowledge of the academic and policy issues in aspects of urban studies.
C1 Ability to demonstrate research leadership.
C2 Excellent communication in writing, with an awareness of the needs of different audiences.
C3 Management and organisational competence, especially in relation to research programmes.
C4 A high level of interpersonal skills and verbal communication skills.
D1 Financial management skills, especially in relation to research programmes and projects.
D2 Innovation in relation to the development research themes, ideas and methods.
D3 Excellent teaching skills demonstrated in a higher education context.
E1 Typically 5-8 years post-doctoral research experience in a relevant field or equivalent
E2 An international reputation for research leadership that enhances or complements the School’s existing strengths.
E3 A significant record of securing research funding and of leading research projects or programmes.
E4 A record of international quality research publication.
E5 Experience of supervising doctoral students to successful completion.
E6 Strong evidence of sustained academic leadership and an established international reputation for research leadership and scholarship.
E7 Significant experience in leading research teams.
E8 Established contribution to policy and practice debates in the urban studies field.
F1 A record of international comparative research.
F2 A record of high-quality higher education teaching
Plan own work and research projects and programmes over appropriate timescales.
Actively contribute to strategy development in Urban Studies and in the School
Identify and act upon research funding opportunities
Decide on research management approaches, data, methods and publication strategies
Decide key features of teaching programmes and courses within approved curricula.
Contribute to decisions in relation to research and teaching strategies within the School.
Academic Peers: work effectively in teams with academic colleagues, playing leadership roles including to:
• plan and deliver research programmes,
• manage and deliver teaching, where appropriate in order to achieve the highest quality outcomes.
Research staff and PhD students: effectively supervise the work of less experienced research staff and research students, and support their career development
Externally: develop positive relationships with:
· Research funders and research users;
· The international research community in urban studies; &
· Where appropriate, stakeholders concerned with degree programmes, including professional bodies and employers.
Find solutions to problems which present themselves in relation to leadership, planning, funding, support and delivery of research activity, journal editorship and teaching.
Standard Terms & Conditions
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 9, £48,743 - £54,841 per annum.
This post is funded for 5 years.
New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.
The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.
All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.
The University has been awarded the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award.
Vacancy reference: 011030, closing date; 28 September 2015.
It is anticipated that interviews will take place between 19 and 30 October 2015.
The emphasis of this post is on research and research leadership. There is a requirement to contribute to teaching and administrative duties within the School but workload will take account the research orientation of the post.
The post-holder will be expected to:
· Make a major contribution to at least one significant research application per annum as Principal Investigator (PI) or as Co-PI
· Produce at least two papers per annum to be published in high- quality academic journals.
· Make a contribution to teaching/administrative activities, normally in an area related to their research interests, approximately equivalent to their co-ordinating, delivering and assessing one 20 credit module per annum, and supervising up to six UGT or PGT dissertations. This contribution would normally include delivery of a specific number of lectures each year.
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