Presidential Research Fellowship: Digital Urban Futures (SEED)

Job Reference : HUM-14341
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 25/09/2019
Salary : £40,792 to £50,132 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment Type : Permanent
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Humanities
Division : -
Hours Per week : Full and Part Time posts available
Contract Duration : An initial four-year Fellowship leading to a permanent and appropriate academic contract (subject to satisfactory performance)

Presidential Research Fellowship: Environmental history

School of Environment, Education and Development

Faculty of Humanities

The University of Manchester


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, youll recognise that securing a Presidential Research 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, youll 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.


The post will provide expertise in urban digital futures around smart cities and communities, big data and what is increasingly termed ‘PropTech’ and/or ‘PlanTech’. This is grounded in quantitative social science to address contemporary and future grand challenges in Real Estate and Urban Planning.  The post holder will be expected to be undertaking leading-edge research, such as around methods, techniques and/or applications in PropTech / PlanTech, to inform the future smart and digital city.  The post holder will be expected to translate their research and findings to the policy and decision making community in ways which will influence policy and practice in cities across the globe.  The ability to collaborate with relevant organisations, such as technology companies, will be a desirable asset of the post holder. The postholder will become a member of staff in the Department of Planning and Environmental Management and will therefore be expected to have a PhD in a relevant field such as planning, real estate, built environment or relevant social science.


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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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Mark Baker                       


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499


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Tel: 0161 850 2004


This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.