JOBS@ECPR-METHODS: 4 Senior Research Positions at ISER, Essex

ISER is one of the world’s leading quantitative social science research institutes, committed to using quality microdata and cutting-edge quantitative methods to inform research that addresses key contemporary issues. Our continued success in securing research funding means that we are seeking to appoint three new positions at the Professorial level, and one at the level of Reader or Professor. ISER is a research department of the University of Essex within the Faculty of Social Sciences, and researchers at ISER are not expected to undertake undergraduate teaching.

Professor and Director of ISER

The ISER Directorship provides an exciting opportunity for an outstanding individual with the vision and skills to shape ISER’s future development and direction. The successful candidate will provide strategic leadership, and ensure the long-term sustainability of ISER as a world-leading research institute.

The new Director will have an established research profile and the ambition and ability to manage a major research organisation that is engaged in both data resource production and substantive analysis. The candidate should be innovative and prepared to lead the development of new research agendas. The Director also plays a key role in promoting ISER’s research to external stakeholders to maximise the impact of ISER’s research. Candidates may be from any disciplinary background relevant to ISER’s research portfolio.

Closing date 30 November

Professor and Director of EUROMOD

This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding individual to provide leadership and shape the future of research on the effects of public policies and income distribution in cross-national perspective, making use of EUROMOD, the multi-country tax-benefit microsimulation model.

EUROMOD has a well-established international reputation, with many opportunities to make an impact on public policy. It is used by policy directorates of the European Commission, other international organisations and national governments for policy design and impact analysis and informs scientific research on the effects of public policies. The new Director of EUROMOD will be an internationally recognised leader in their field. It is expected that they will specialise in quantitative comparative social policy, broadly defined, with a disciplinary background that could range from economics to political science and with interests in income distribution and measurement.

Closing date 30 November

Professor and Co-Director of Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC)

We are seeking a professorial-level researcher and co-Director of the ESRC-funded Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) with the ambition and ability to build on MiSoC’s record of the past two decades, to help shape a new research agenda, and to lead MiSoC beyond 2019.

Applications are welcomed from any relevant disciplinary background, but the balance of the current co-Directors means they are especially welcome from quantitative researchers working in sociology, demography, social policy, political science, or other related disciplines. The successful candidate will have an international reputation in their field of research, with a distinguished publication record, and will be expected to make a strong contribution to the next Research Excellence Framework exercise.

Closing date 30 November

Professor or Reader in Social Policy and Associate Director for Policy – Understanding Society

In these turbulent times, good evidence to inform policy is crucial. We are seeking a talented and ambitious quantitative researcher to develop a programme of research and lead the Understanding Society Policy Unit within ISER, to inform crucial policy debates. A suitably qualified candidate will be awarded the title of Professor of Social Policy.

Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, offers unprecedented opportunities for investigating the implications of macro social, economic and policy changes on the populations of the four countries of the UK and different subgroups within it. The successful candidate will develop a programme of policy-related research and play an important role in ensuring the study is nationally and internationally recognised as critical for addressing major questions facing the UK and other societies. This post is suitable for a researcher with an academic track record in policy relevant quantitative research or for a researcher with a background in a government or third sector organisation and with experience of the use of research evidence in the development of policy.

Closing date 6 November

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