Job reference: HUM-021921
Salary: £44,414 to £54,421 per annum (pro rata if part time). according to relevant experience
Closing date: 12/06/2023
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Humanities
Location: Manchester
Employment type: Fixed Term
Division: Alliance MBS - IMP Division
Hours Per Week: Full time
Closing date: 12/06/2023
Contract Duration: 6 months
School / Directorate : Alliance Manchester Business School

Job Description

This scheme provides an opportunity for postgraduate researchers working in a social science subject area, e.g., economics, behavioural science, management or innovation studies to undertake a secondment in a business support or professional membership organisation.

The Productivity Institute is seeking to appoint 2 Fellows (0.6 FTE - full-time), for 3-6 months under its Productivity in Practice Fellowship Programme. ​​​​​​​

The successful candidate will work on developing firm level productivity research by working with Be The Business – an organisation focused on helping UK SME businesses with their productivity. The Productivity Institute and Be the Business would particularly welcome research proposals that investigate the relationship between firm-level productivity and leadership and management; labour and skills; and digital transformation.

The exact scope of the activities during the secondment will be agreed between the Productivity in Practice Fellow and Be The Business; however, it will focus on identifying potential impact drivers, testing, measuring and making recommendations on developing practical interventions that influences behaviour change in leaders of small businesses.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive first-hand experience of how social science research and other evidence inform proposition and service development.
  • Gain access to a pool of business leaders engaged with Be the Business Develop networks with organisations and practitioners in areas allied to your research interest.
  • Network with thought leaders in research, industry, and policy.
  • Develop your understanding of potential routes to achieving research impact.
  • Help contribute significant economic impact and influence government policy.

Funding for the Fellowship has been secured through the ESRC, academic stewardship of the Programme lies with The Productivity Institute.

The Productivity Institute encourages early to mid-career researchers with industry experience to apply for a period of 3-6 months.

Please provide a CV, cover letter and research proposal (500-1,000 words + 100-word summary) that would be understandable by a general audience. If you wish to be considered for this opportunity as a secondment, you will need to provide evidence of home institutional support post-interview stage.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered

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: Institute and Fellowship Manager: Michael Livesey

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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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