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The University of Manchester Presidential Academic Fellowship: Environmental History
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-011350

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 03/04/2018

Salary: £39,992–£49,149

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

Division: Not specified

Hours Per Week: Full-time and part-time applications considered

Contract Duration: Subject to 4 years' probation, commencing September 2018

School / Directorate: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures


Creative, ambitious and keen to develop transformative research, you will relish this excellent opportunity to drive your academic career to a higher level. As an impressive early career academic, you’ll recognise that securing a Presidential Academic Fellowship at the University of Manchester will empower you to unlock your potential. In addition to a good salary for the duration of your Fellowship, you’ll receive several thousand pounds per annum for research support costs and access to key technology platforms. Your time during this award will be initially dedicated to research, with no or minimal teaching in the first year, and minimal teaching in the second year.  Thereafter teaching would increase with each subsequent year of the fellowship.  You can look forward to mentoring and assistance in winning external funding and awards.

As a Presidential Academic Fellow, you will be part of our important work to expand the new field of environmental history, a growing area of research that seeks to understand how people have understood, shaped and been shaped by their world. Thanks in part to strong collaboration with colleagues in the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, environmental history is proving to be a field of enquiry that can change the world we live in. You’ll join colleagues working in a wide range of areas - from the global history of natural resources, to animal histories, to natural and engineered disasters, humanitarian aid, environment and health and histories of the body. Right now, our historians are creating great impact and public engagement in histories of water and flooding. Your work, which may focus on any historical period or geographical area, will help us all to better understand our world.

To join us, you will need a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification. You’ll bring to the role a sustained record of publication output. Crucially, you will demonstrate the ability to develop a coherent world-leading research programme, with new concepts and ideas to extend intellectual understanding. You have what it takes to organise resources and deliver results to deadlines. Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills also equip you to build a team, and to inspire and engage students. The determination to win your own funding will be key to your success. 

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The University of Manchester is committed to building a culturally diverse institution where all staff and students can flourish and feel valued for their contribution and individuality.  Our policies and practices are designed to encourage talented people, whatever their background, to work and study here.  All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Julie-Marie Strange        

General enquiries:
Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.  We currently anticipate that interviews will be held in May.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria, and the guidance notes on submitting your application.  Note that you will need to upload a CV (including a bibliography), a Research Proposal and provide names of 3 referees, so please have these to hand.


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