5 Postdoctoral Opportunities – University of Leeds

Deadline: 22 February 2012

  • Please find below information about five Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at the University of Leeds – one of the research areas highlighted is First World War studies. For further details and a job description go to http://jobs.leeds.ac.uk
  • University of Leeds Faculty of Arts
  • Arts Engaged
  • Five Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
  • Job Summary
  • Three year fixed term, starting 1 September 2012
  • Realising Innovation and Impact in the Arts and Humanities
  • Arts Engaged, the Centre for Innovation and Impact in the Arts and Humanities, invites applications for five Postdoctoral Research Fellowships within a project funded by the University of Leeds Transformation Fund and the Faculty of Arts. Arts Engaged at Leeds seeks to develop strategic thinking and innovative methodologies for embedding innovation and impact at all stages of the research process. Its principal objectives are as follows:
  • To transform the quality and extent of the Faculty’s research impact (social, cultural and economic) locally, nationally and globally
  • To build knowledge of and contacts in five innovation and impact areas of particular relevance to arts and humanities:

i)Corporate and media
ii)Government and public policy
iii)Museums and galleries
iv)Cultural organisations and industries
v)Community and voluntary bodies/public awareness

  • To engage innovation and impact at the heart of research faculty-wide, and at all levels, from large scale collaborative programmes, through individual research and doctoral projects, to research-led teaching
  • To support and consolidate the development of innovative methodologies, impact resources and case studies to benefit research across the faculty and for wider use both nationally and internationally
  • To achieve higher rates of grant capture by capitalising on research innovation and improved impact planning
  • The five Postdoctoral Research Fellows will divide their workloads as follows: 50% innovation and impact activities; and 50% individual and/or collaborative research within one of the Faculty’s research centres (see below for list of participating centres).
  • Each Fellow will have special responsibility for one of the following innovation and impact areas: Corporate and Media; Government and Public Policy; Museums and Galleries; Cultural Organisations and Industries; Community and Voluntary Bodies/Public Awareness. With other members of Arts Engaged, you will work on the development of policy and practice in research innovation and impact, new methodologies and resources, external contacts and partnerships, grant applications, impact plans and case studies, and the provision of Faculty-wide training and surgeries.
  • The other half of your time you will undertake individual and/or collaborative research within one of the participating research centres (see below), and will be expected to develop an international as well as national profile through publications, grant applications, conference papers and wider social, cultural and/or economic impact.
  • Although each fellow will formally/notionally be employed in one of the Faculty’s four schools (English; History; Humanities; Modern Languages and Cultures), you will be situated in Leeds Humanities Research Institute which provides research support for the Faculty.
  • You will be expected to have completed a PhD by 1 September 2012 in an area of research related to one of the participating research centres (see below), and to have experience of knowledge transfer or exchange, research collaboration with an external partner, or significant non-academic research impact.

Participating Faculty of Arts research centres include:

Information about the Faculty of Arts can be found at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/.

Information about Arts Engaged and Leeds Humanities Research Institute can be found at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/lhri/.

For information on the growing importance of innovation and impact in the arts and humanities, see RCUK Excellence with impact http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/kei/Pages/home.aspx;  AHRC’s Leading the World: The Economic Impact of UK Arts and Humanities Research, http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/About/Policy/Documents/leadingtheworld.pdf; and the British Academy’s report, Past, Present and Future: The Public Value of the Humanities and Social Sciences, www.britac.ac.uk.

Applicants are asked in addition to their standard application to submit a CV.

University Grade 7 (£29,972 – £35,788 p.a.) It is likely that an appointment will be made no higher than £31,798 p.a. since there are funding limitations which dictate the level at which the appointment can start.