United Kingdom

Position type:

Full time


49,148 to 56,950

12 Oct 2017
09 Nov 2017

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-58061

Job Purpose

A fixed term, 33 month appointment to create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within a new multidisciplinary research and developmental programme exploring the psychological, educational, and ethical dimensions of character.

The Senior Research Fellow will work across the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues research and development portfolio of projects and contribute to the management of projects and individual staff. Specifically the post holder will play an important role in planning and developing the research, helping to define the approach, methodology, review the literature, and collect the data.

This new phase of work seeks to build on the existing work of the Jubilee Centre in the areas of character, virtues, and human flourishing. The post-holder will be expected to be proactive in completing research duties, and to prioritise their own work schedule to accommodate the overall priorities of individuals, project teams and the Centre as a whole.

It is expected that the post holder will use their own initiative and judgement to solve problems as they arise, but should report to the Jubilee Centre Director and Deputy Director, as well as other senior colleagues for advice and guidance when necessary. It is expected that this post holder will provide advice and guidance to junior researchers in the Centre on research, publications, and career development.

This post would suit someone who is keen to develop a career as a researcher in a practice-orientated and policy development environment.

There are 8 post doc/Research Fellow vacancies available, and the Centre is seeking to recruit a) post-doctoral researchers with a specialism in psychology, philosophy, or education; b) qualified teachers with M-Level or higher qualifications.

It is important that the post holder has a strong belief in the vision, aims and goals of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. www.jubileecentre.ac.uk


Person Specification

Demonstrated excellence at the level of accomplishment expected to meet the promotion criteria for Senior Lecturer in both Research, and Management and Administration, as outlined below. In addition, : (i) a higher volume of excellent outputs/inputs in Research, and in research-related Management and Administration than would be expected for a Senior Lecturer in a similar field, ideally in an Education, or other Social Science discipline; and/or (ii) an exceptional quality of outputs in Research and in research-related Management and Administration ideally in an Education, or other Social Science discipline.


Research requirements

An excellent national reputation and a developing international profile through original research work and a clear record of impact. Evidence of success under the following headings, as appropriate to the discipline:

  • High level peer esteem as evidenced by
  • Excellent reputation in the UK and often internationally, reflected in sustained high quality output, level of innovation, impact on subject and recognition.
  • An excellent and sustained record of peer reviewed research publications.
  • Successful and sustained supervision of doctoral students to completion.
  • Substantial and sustained research income generation, e.g. through research grants, contracts, research consultancy or other external funding.
  • Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the College and University.
  • Management and administration-related requirements
  • Demonstrated significant achievement in management and administration-related activities, which may include leadership of activities/initiatives. Evidence of success under the following headings.
  • Successful and sustained performance in significant administrative/managerial role (s) (e.g. exams officer).
  • Significant and sustained high quality innovative contributions to the management/administration of the Department/School/College or University.
  • Successful and sustained contribution to the corporate life of the School/College/University, displaying willingness to contribute actively to committees, collaborative teaching and administrative tasks.

The skills and experience listed above will be additional the skills and experience required at grade 8 including higher degree relevant to research area (normally PhD) or equivalent qualifications.

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