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Professor and Director/Principal Investigator of CLOSER

Location
London
Job Type
Permanent
Posted
23 Sep 2022

Professor and Director/Principal Investigator of CLOSER

Closing Date: 13/10/2022

Interview Date: 4th November 2022

Full Time

The salary range will be Competitive, inclusive of London Allowance.

Social Research Institute

IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

London

The appointment will be on UCL Grade Professorial.

Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion, or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. We are among the world's top universities, as reflected by performance in a range of international rankings and tables. The IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in social science and education, ranked number one for education worldwide in the 2020 QS World University Rankings for the eighth year running.

Within the IOE, the Social Research Institute is one of the largest centres of multi-disciplinary, social science research and teaching in London. It is home to more than 180 academic, research, teaching, technical and professional service staff, and seven internationally renowned research units and data infrastructures.

We are now seeking an exceptional candidate for the position of Professor and Director/Principal Investigator of CLOSER.

CLOSER, the home of longitudinal research, is the interdisciplinary partnership of leading social and biomedical longitudinal population studies, the UK Data Service and The British Library. Our mission is to increase the visibility, use and impact of longitudinal population studies, data and research to ensure that longitudinal evidence is used to address the health, social, economic and environmental challenges facing the UK, now and in the future. CLOSER is an ESRC Data Infrastructure investment, funded from the ESRC's World Class Labs capital allocation. The ESRC's refreshed Data Infrastructure Strategy will be published in late spring 2022 which sets out the ESRC vision and objectives for its funding of data infrastructure over the next five years and beyond. The objectives for CLOSER for the next funding period are aligned with the Strategy, and CLOSER will contribute to progress in delivering the Strategy objectives. The ESRC's Delivery Plan, in which the Data Infrastructure Strategy is nested, will be published later in 2022.

CLOSER has recently received a two-and-a-half year extension through to 30 September 2024. During this period CLOSER will: ensure that our flagship resource, CLOSER Discovery, the UKs most detailed search engine for longitudinal data, remains at the forefront in its field; create a new central LPS Policy Unit and online Policy Hub allowing us to generate even greater impact and embed learning across LPS; provide novel go-to resources to build much-needed capacity in LPS researchers and the specialist staff required to manage LPS; create highly valued opportunities for the inter-disciplinary LPS community to share knowledge in a supportive environment; and ensure a meaningful legacy for our data harmonisation and linkage work through knowledge dissemination, training and collaboration with other infrastructures.

It is anticipated that in late 2022 the CLOSER Director will be in a position to secure further funding for CLOSER through UKRI's Population Research UK (PRUK) and other initiatives in the landscape. In this critical leadership role for CLOSER, you will lead the direction of CLOSER and manage the team responsible for its delivery. The post provides an opportunity for you to shape CLOSER's work in providing infrastructure, vital resources and leadership for interdisciplinary longitudinal research, while also pursuing your own research.

You will be a senior member of the UCL Social Research Institute (UCL SRI) and will contribute to its intellectual life, act as a senior representative for CLOSER to Government departments and Parliament, and lead on engaging with potential users of LPS data and research, especially those outside the research community, to ensure that the outputs and outcomes produced further the programme's objectives. You will actively engage in UKRI and ESRC Strategies and Delivery Plans, in addition to any other key policy statements and contribute to the development of policies and strategies relating to the evolving longitudinal population studies landscape including the ESRC Future Data Services programme and Population Research UK (PRUK).

With proven leadership experience indicating suitability for leading a multi-disciplinary programme based in more than one institution, you will have an excellent record of success in securing external research funding from a range of sources, e.g. from Research Councils and Government departments and experience in liaising with policy makers in Government departments, parliamentarians and Research Councils, and experience of leading and fostering effective collaboration across complex organisations.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to our website via the button below and search on Reference Number

For an informal discussion or further details please contact Jon Tebbett -

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59pm.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

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Details

  • Job Reference: 719384288-2
  • Date Posted: 23 September 2022
  • Recruiter: UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON-3
    UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON-3
  • Location: London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Competitive, inclusive of London Allowance.
  • Sector: Education
  • Job Type: Permanent