About the role
Challenging, interesting and constantly changing, the University of Derby is an extraordinary place to learn and an incredibly rewarding place to work.
Here at the University of Derby we have committed to nurture and encourage research excellence across all our disciplines and career stages, recognising the strong link between excellent research and an excellent student experience.
We have entered a new and exciting era at the University, making investments in our students, staff and research infrastructure to help us achieve our overall aim of producing research that is high in quality and impacts, national and internationally. This ensures that knowledge created at our University informs our curriculum and supports industry, policy makers, international partners and the wider research community.
Our 2021 REF submission showed significant increases in all our metrics, supported by a dedicated research and knowledge exchange office and enhanced governance processes. Our doctoral cohort has increased by 63.4% since 2014 and we now have over 450 doctoral students. Investment in our research facilities has continued at pace and in March 2022 we opened our Facility for Omics Research in Metabolism (FORM). Our KEF outcome positioned us in the top 10% for working with business. Our Research Council funding and collaborative research income, from funders such as Innovate UK continues to rise, engaging our academics with both multinationals as well as small and medium size enterprises.
It is thus an exciting time to be joining us and to play a role in supporting the University’s ambitions. The University, proud of its achievements in growing Innovation and Research, is embarking on the next step change to drive academic performance. We are focussing our investment into 6 areas of academic excellence:
- Zero Carbon
- Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
- Data Science
- Business Economic and Social Policy
- Creative and Cultural Industries
- Public Services
The Early Career Academic appointments are a pivotal opportunity for the University to develop these themes with high quality talent and knowledge. These are 1-year posts to be awarded to outstanding individuals who have the potential to progress to permanent academic roles at the University of Derby. The roles cut across traditional structural boundaries and ECAs will need to work across disciplines to address real world challenges, whilst being supported to grow their research and teaching skills through a dedicated ECA development plan. It is expected that ECAs will engage in teaching activity as preparation for a full academic role in the future and support will be available. Candidates are expected to have completed their PhD or be pending award of their doctorate.
Data Science continues to be a strength with high profile industry interactions. This Theme builds on the success of the Data Science Research Centre and the strong links it has developed with the local industries and communities. Focussing on applied and impactful research, it aims at developing data-centric solutions. Research activities cover all aspects of data science, from system and software architectures through to data analytics, applications of machine learning, data visualisation and the security of such systems. We are looking at strengthening and expanding our expertise in all areas and particularly in data visualisation including virtual and augmented reality, health informatics, smart cities and digital twins.
The intended start date for the ECA programme is 04 September 2023.
Interviews to be held week commencing 24th April
Below are some testimonals from two of last years successful ECA cohort describing their experience of the programme.
- PhD (or submitted and awaiting examination) or equivalence accepted in a relevant subject area.
- Honours degree or equivalent.
- Experience of undertaking high quality innovation and/or research in a discipline aligned to the academic themes.
- Experience of working collaboratively and independently across disciplines to address research and innovation challenges.
Skills, knowledge & abilities
- Sufficient understanding of own discipline to contribute to the development of new knowledge and understanding within the field.
- Demonstrable skills and knowledge in one or more area closely related to academic themes.
- Able to demonstrate potential to attract research funding.
- Able to communicate complex and conceptual ideas to a range of groups.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills including networking and relationship building skills both across the University and externally.
- Able to demonstrate both independent self-management and team working.
- An appropriate level of digital capability and aptitude with practical experience of applications to aid student learning.
- Able to work with competing priorities and to tight deadlines.
- Demonstrates competences, core behaviours and supplementary behaviours that support and promote the University's core values.
- Committed to continual enhancement and a high-quality student experience.
- Committed to a high-performance culture, fostering continuous improvement and driving quality.
- Able to take a flexible approach to work.
- Travel between sites and occasionally overseas for research or teaching.
- Some evening and occasional weekend teaching.
- Attendance at Open Days, Graduation, University events etc.
- A commitment to own professional development and to engaging fully with the ECA development scheme.
- Developing international profile of research and scholarly activity.
- Experience of bidding for and obtaining external research funding.
- Experience of successfully applying discipline to income generation activities, including consultancy, industry-based applied research and KTPs.
As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.
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How to apply
You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.
If you require any assistance, including the provision of any documentation in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.
Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.
Whilst this role is eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route, we recommend that you assess your individual eligibility before applying for this position.
Visit https://www.gov.uk/skilled-worker-visa for more information.
Equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing
The University of Derby is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. However you identify, we actively celebrate the knowledge, experience and talents each person brings.
A university that celebrates you
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