Deputy Director of IADS (Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professorial level)

University of Essex
Colchester, United Kingdom
Application Deadline: 30 March, 2017

anked 30th in the Times Good University Guide in 2016, our founding vision commits us to being a truly international university, freer, more daring and more experimental. Our bold agenda set out in our Strategic Plan, focuses on contributing to society through an equal commitment to excellence in research and education. We are in the top 4 universities for the quality of our social science research and ranked 19th in REF 2014. We receive the largest amount of funding of any university from the ESRC. In 2013 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Essex a Regius Professorship in Political Science - one of only two universities to hold a Regius Professorship in the Social Sciences. In 2016, we were also awarded the first UNESCO Chair in Analytics and Data Science.

We are on target to achieve our ambitious plans to grow by 50% by 2019 and to move to the top 25 of UK universities in the Times Good University Guide to by 2019. Partnership working regionally, nationally and internationally is one of our strategic core values to maximise research quality and impact.

This is a new Professor/Reader/Senior Lecturer post in one of our academic departments with a three year secondment to the Institute for Analytics and Data Science as Deputy Director. This is a high profile role, which will provide senior academic leadership and demonstrate sustainable excellence in research and education. In the seconded role as Deputy Director of the Institute for Analytics and Data Science, you will be responsible for further expanding the activities of the Institute, developing new activities and a programme of work and supporting the delivery of the UNESCO Chair objectives.

This post involves working closely with the Director of the Institute and UNESCO Chair, Professor Maria Fasli, to provide academic leadership to support the shaping of research, knowledge exchange, education and professional development activities within the Institute for Analytics and Data Science as well as support the delivery of the ambitious programme of work under the UNESCO Chair.  On completion of the secondment, you will return to your 'home' department, undertaking the normal range of education, research and leadership/citizenship duties of an academic staff member with Education and Research responsibilities, appropriate to the level of appointment.

The successful applicant may come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, but you will need to have relevant academic expertise in an area related to analytics, data science or big data and be working in a field of one of the University's existing Departments and be returnable to one of the planned Units of Assessment within the University for REF 2020/21.  A proven track record of internationally excellent research in areas relevant for this post appropriate to the level of appointment is also essential.  In addition, at the Professorial level applicants should have a proven track record of successful academic leadership at a senior level in a higher education institution that includes working with external partners and a track record of successfully initiating and implementing significant research projects which involved a number of internal and external key stakeholders.

You should also hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and relevant academic expertise in an area related to analytics, data science or big data (examples of relevant areas include but are not limited to digital creative economy, quantitative social science, business analytics, computer science or related engineering discipline, mathematics, statistics or visualisation).  Other relevant disciplinary areas will be considered provided the applicant fits in a field of one of the University's existing Departments.

This is a permanent, full-time position based at our Colchester campus. The substantive appointment will be as a Senior Lecturer / Reader or Professor in one of our Academic departments, with a three year secondment as Deputy Director of IADS.

Please note that any previous applicants need not apply.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

Please see the further detail link below for a full job description, person specification and more information relating to this post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application.  Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please telephone the Resourcing Team (01206 874693/873521).