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Early Career Fellowships, The Productivity Institute Fellowship Programme
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-018927

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/06/2022

Salary: £42,149 to £51,799 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

Division: Alliance MBS Administration

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: 2 years

School / Directorate: Alliance Manchester Business School

The Productivity Institute is inviting applications for Early Career Research Fellowships for the year 2022/2023 as part of its Productivity Fellowship programme ​​​​​​​

The Productivity Institute 

The Productivity Institute is a nation- wide research institute in the United Kingdom, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), focusing on improving productivity and living standards across the UK economy. We are doing this through frontier research and strong regional engagement with business and policy stakeholders across the UK.  

Some key areas of research include the productivity impacts from labour markets and skills, well-being, finance, digital technology, innovation and diffusion, climate transition, and institutional design and coordination at national, international and regional level. The institute’s research programme covers regional analysis, international comparative research and sector-specific analysis.

Further details of the Institute and its programme can be found at

The Productivity Institute’s Fellowship programme includes Research fellowships, Productivity in Practice Fellowships, Policy Fellowships and Early Career fellowships. This call is for Early Career fellowships only. Calls for the other fellowship opportunities will be made later in 2022.

Details of the Early Career Fellowship Programme 

The purpose of the Early Career Fellowship programmes is to attract talent from across the UK and from overseas to build a new generation of scholars in research related to productivity, to stimulate new and innovative research ideas, to broaden the multi/interdisciplinary scope of the Institute’s program and to increase diversity of the research team along multiple dimensions.

Early Career Fellows will undertake innovative research, help grow the research capacity of the Institute, drive collaborative projects that deliver impact, and contribute to the Institute’s network of partners including, regional productivity forums, industry and policy makers.

What does the Early Career Fellowship involve? 

  • Early Career Fellows will conduct research which contributes to understanding productivity with a focus on one or more of the Institute’s main themes and research topics.
  • Appointments of Early Career fellows are typically made for 2 years.
  • Early Career Fellows will be affiliated with either the Institute’s headquarters at the Alliance Manchester Business School, or one of the Institute’s partner organisations, especially if the proposal strongly fits the interests of the local research team involved and/or requires to work with a researcher at that organisation.
  • The Productivity Institute is committed to building a network of early career fellows from diverse backgrounds (along multiple dimensions) to support its broad-based and interdisciplinary approach to its research programme.

What is required?

  • Applicants should be within eight years of having completed their PhD or equivalent professional training or within six years since their first academic appointment (paid contract of employment which lists research or teaching as the primary role).
  • The work should be carried out in person at one of the Institute’s participating organisations in the UK.
  • Early Career Fellows are expected to produce tangible outputs e.g. presentation(s), journal paper submissions or other publications (e.g. policy briefings). All published content should be attributed to The Productivity Institute, the hosting organisation and (if applicable) the applicant’s own organisation.
  • Early Career Fellows are encouraged to collaborate with researchers across the Institute other and productivity fellows, participate in meetings of the Institute across the UK.
  • Fellows will need to adhere to data protection and GDPR guidelines, and to the UKRI’s guidelines and procedures on research integrity, according to the UKRI’s Policy and Guidelines on the Governance of Good Research Conductas well as the ESRC’s - ethics policies and procedures, as well as any other requirements by the organisation where they will be placed.

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: Professor Bart Van Ark


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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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