MRC Skills Development Fellow or a College of Social Sciences Research Fellow
Reference Number019687LocationGilmorehill Campus / Main BuildingCollege / ServiceCOLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCESDepartmentSCHOOL OF SOCIAL & POLITICAL SCIENCESJob FamilyResearch And TeachingPosition TypeFull TimeSalary Range£34,520 - £38,833
To be a MRC Skills Development Fellow or a College of Social Sciences Research Fellow. Specifically, the fellowships require expert knowledge in the area of quantitative or computational social science. The post-holder will be required to develop a personal
programme of interdisciplinary health-related research relevant to research strengths in the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) and/or the Institute of Health and Wellbeing (IHW). To develop, conduct and publish research in the chosen field; to
take the lead or work in collaboration with colleagues, including management of the research programme; to develop and submit research funding applications; and to conduct and publish research in high impact peer-reviewed international journals or other high-quality
There are two fellowships available. Depending on the postholder’s research focus, (s)he will be a member of either the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and/or the School of Social and Political Sciences. He/she will be expected to further develop existing
quantitative social science skills while applying them to health research within the MRC remit. The post-holder will be co-supervised by two senior academics from complementary disciplines, one of whom will be principal line manager. A bespoke training and
development programme will be agreed with the supervisors and reviewed annually. Applicants from a non-health research background with transferrable quantitative/computational social science skills are particularly welcome, although those already working in
health research are eligible to apply.
Further details are attached at the foot of the page.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Perform the following activities in conjunction] with supervisors as appropriate:
1. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of research, individually or jointly, in accordance with the project deliverables and School/Institute/College/University research strategies.
2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate.
3. Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of the School/Institute/College/University, including establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed
journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, gathering indicators of esteem and identifying opportunities for knowledge exchange.
4. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project and subject area, and develop/implement a suitable research strategy.
5. Present work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance the research profile of the School/Institute/College/University.
6. Take a leading role in the identification of potential funding sources and assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.
7. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the project and in the broader School/Institute/College/University and wider community (e.g. Academic and other collaborators/partners).
8. Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School/Institute research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/Institute/College/University.
9. Take a leading role in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.
10. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the project and School/Institute, including budgets/expenditure.
11. Make a contribution to teaching activities and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with supervisors.
12. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.
13. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
14. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School/Institute and/or supervisor.
These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
A1 An awarded PhD or equivalent in a subject relevant to quantitative or computational social sciences (not necessarily applied to health)
A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge in quantitative or computational social science
A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area and subject specialism
B1 Genuine interest in health research
B2 Knowledge of specialist IT software as appropriate
C1 Capacity to develop an independent research programme.
C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate
C3 Excellent interpersonal oral and written communication skills including presenting skills.
C4 Highly competent in EITHER the analysis and interpretation of data including a good working knowledge of at least one quantitative analysis package (eg STATA, SPSS, SAS, R, UCINET, SIENA) OR computer programming languages or platforms suitable for simulation
modelling (these could include NetLogo, Repast, Python, C/C#, Java, etc.).
C5 Project management skills, including planning and management of research, time, budget and personnel, as appropriate.
C6 Ability to work independently and as part of a team as both team leader and participant.
E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience normally including sufficientpostdoctoral
experience in a related field (for the MRC Skills Development Fellowship, postdoctoral experience is not essential)
E2 Experience of EITHER analysing complex data OR developing complex simulation models
E3 Extensive research experience of at least three or more years gained in a relevant work setting or research training environment.
E4 Strong track record of publications, demonstrating potential for a high quality submission of publications to the REF or equivalent, including one or more world-leading research publications (equivalent to 4* rating in UK REF2014) since 1 January 2014.
E5 Potential to develop funded research projects.
To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality
Publish and seek funding as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales
Where appropriate informal supervision and support of less experienced members of the project team e.g. postgraduate and project students
Undertake teaching or other duties in accordance with school policy and as agreed with Head of School and PI
Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory
Planning and Organising
Management of time and prioritisation of all activities
Planning, organisation and implementation of research project on a weekly/monthly basis
Plan research directions that are within the available budget
React to varying project needs and deadlines
Undertake decision making on all aspects of research project/activities within remit of the role
Prioritise own, and where appropriate delegate to junior team members’, workload
Decide on research directions and goals within remit of original project proposal and, as appropriate, adjust research approaches to meet project outcomes
Identify best journals for publication and meetings/conferences to attend
Two co-supervisors from different but complementary disciplines, most likely to be one from College of Social Sciences and one from College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
University colleagues: to exchange information to ensure efficient working and to facilitate cross disciplinary working
External bodies/collaborators: proactively maintain co-operation and links at all levels to enhance profile and reputation
Dissemination: Preparation and presentation of reports/results and participation in meetings and conference calls
Research including technical and theoretical aspects, problem solving and development of novel ideas
Awareness of project and budgetary issues
Assistance to undergraduate/postgraduate students and less experienced team members with problems relating to the research project
Representation of the School/Institute/College/University through presentations at national and international events
Attendance at training events to learn and implement new research technologies)
General enquiries should be addressed to either of the following:
Professor Mark Tranmer or Dr Philip Leifeld
School of Social and Political Sciences
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Professor Laurence Moore
Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
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Standard Terms & Conditions
Terms and Conditions
1. MRC Skills Development Fellowship in Quantitative Social Science
This prestigious, three year, Skills Development Fellowship is funded by the MRC following the University of Glasgow’s successful application to host Skills Development Fellows in the area of quantitative social science. The post-holder will enter the MRC Skills
Development Fellowship Programme. The fellowship includes funding for training to support the post-holder to develop into a future academic leader.
2. College of Social Sciences Fellowship in Quantitative Social Science applied to health.
To support the growth of its global reputation for world-changing research, the University of Glasgow is investing in the recruitment of outstanding early career researchers.
The College of Social Science Fellowships aim to recruit outstanding researchers who are in the early stages of their careers and are on a trajectory to become leaders in their chosen field. The scheme offers Fellows the opportunity to establish or further
develop an independent research career. One College fellowship is allocated this year to candidates from a quantitative or computational social science background who will apply their skills and training in a health related research context. The Fellowship
will be offered for three years.
Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £34,520 - £38,833 per annum.
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
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.
It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.
We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.
Vacancy reference: 019687, closing date: 17 December 2017.
It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 2 February 2018.