Professor of Public Policy (ASER) and Chief Scientific Adviser

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University of Essex
United Kingdom
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Job Description

We are a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn't just encouraged, it's expected. We are committed to two things: excellence in education and excellence in research.

Duties of the Role
This is an exciting opportunity for the post of Professor of Public Policy, seconded for three years in the first instance to the role as Chief Scientific Adviser to Essex County Council. This is a high profile Professor role, which will provide senior academic leadership and demonstrate sustainable excellence in research and education. In the seconded role as Chief Scientific Adviser, the Professor is responsible for strengthening the relationship with Essex County Council (ECC) and its partners, and will provide scientific insight, advice and recommendations on policy challenges to ECC.

This post involves working closely with senior civil servants at ECC and with its public and private sector partners, bringing together evidence and policy to tackle challenging societal and public sector issues.

On return to a substantive Professorial role in the Department of Government, the post holder will undertake the normal range of education, research and leadership/citizenship duties of an ASER (Academic Staff with Education and Research) member of staff.

Duties of the post include providing strategic leadership in education, which will make a significant contribution to the development of student learning at the University. Other responsibilities include to contribute actively to education provision made by the department/ faculty at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels (e.g. through the development of new modules and programmes, curriculum review processes, as well as to pursue world-leading and internationally excellent research activity (as understood in the context of the Research Excellence Framework).

Skills and qualifications required
The Professor will have relevant academic expertise, potentially with a quantitative social science background, and a strong interest in policy to help local government influence national policies.

The successful candidate should have a relevant doctoral-level research degree, preferably with quantitative social science or data science but will consider other relevant disciplinary areas; or equivalent professional experience or practice as well as fellowship of the Higher Education Academy or ability to gain this at an appropriate level within a defined period of appointment.

This post will be based in Colchester however the candidate will be expected to spend at least a day a week at Essex County Council in Chelmsford. Appointment to this post will be made as Professor (R) on a Teaching and Research (ASER) contract.

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 and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the 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 876559).