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Vacancy: ISRF Director of Research

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The ISRF intends to appoint a Director of Research to lead the Executive Team of the Foundation, at the retirement of the current postholder during 2020.

Application deadline: 31 March 2019

The Independent Social Research Foundation intends to appoint a Director of Research to lead the Executive Team of the Foundation, at the retirement of the current postholder during 2020.


The Director of Research is responsible for the academic activities and outputs of the Executive Team, in pursuit of objectives supported by the Academic Advisory Board and agreed by the Foundation Board.

Reporting to the Foundation Board, the Director of Research leads on the academic activities of the ISRF, including academic funding initiatives, workshops and colloquia, communication of research activities and alumni relations.

The Director of Research reports to both boards on existing activities of the Foundation, makes recommendations for continuation, modification or cessation of such activities, and proposes potential new initiatives and projects. The Director of Research works to acquire knowledge of the Europe-wide research funding environment.

The candidate

The ideal candidate for this position should have a Social Sciences or Humanities PhD, and probably currently hold a middle-ranking or senior academic or academic-related position. The ideal candidate will be able to work effectively, independently and sociably within a team and have a strong interest in promoting interdisciplinary research in a creative way.

Further particulars

This is envisioned as a five-year (fixed term, renewable), full-time post with one day per week dedicated to the postholder’s own research activities.

The salary is in the range of £75–90K based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include 25 days annual leave (plus office closure days) and season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.


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