Postdoctoral Research Fellow - College of Social Sciences and International Studies University of Exeter, College of Social Sciences and International Studies United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Job reference P65705

Date posted 10/12/2018

Application closing date 24/01/2019

Location Exeter

Salary The starting salary will be from £35,211 up to £43,267 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience. Package Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

Job category/type Academic

Job description

College of Social Sciences and International Studies


This new, full-time post is available from 1st May 2019 on a fixed term basis until 31st December 2021.


The University

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university in the top 200 of universities worldwide. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. We have over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and have been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.


The post

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in the project "From Field Data to Global Indicators: Towards a Framework for Intelligent Plant Data Linkage". This project investigates the conditions under which plant data can be efficiently and reliably linked across data platforms and infrastructures around the world through engagement with a variety of stakeholders involved in the development and use of plant data infrastructures in Europe, North-America and the Global South.


This Alan Turing Institute funded post is available from 1 May 2019 to 31 December 2021. The successful applicant will work closely with the PI and project partners to: (1) build an international collaborative network to facilitate innovative thinking around data linkage; (2) identify salient differences between existing initiatives and investigate the reasons for those differences to develop an empirical understanding of the state of play; (3) develop large funding bids to support innovative data linkage strategies.


The post will include national and international travel to build collaborations at the global level.


About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events. Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in the history, philosophy, social studies and/or anthropology of science; or in any research area concerned with data science, data curation, computational ontologies, knowledge infrastructures or data studies.


You will be a nationally recognised authority in at least one of these areas and possess sufficient specialist knowledge to develop research programmes and methodologies. An interest in data practices in plant biology, agronomy and/or crop research is essential; experience in working with biologists, breeders, data scientists and/or international research agencies is desirable. Applicants will be able to collaborate with data scientists, biologists and data curators; conduct desk research on data infrastructures in plant and crop science; produce high-level publications; and develop bids to support further work in this area. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.


What we can offer you

- Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;

- Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly

- An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development

- Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career

- A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy

- A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon


To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.


For further information please contact Sabina Leonelli, e-mail .


The closing date for completed applications is 24 January 2019. Interviews are expected to take place on 26 February 2019.


The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer and holds an institutional Athena SWAN Silver award. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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