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Innovation Fellow

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom


Are you interested in working for a world top 100 University? Could you use your research to help UK businesses and organisations gear up to address the challenges of our ageing society? We have an exciting Innovation Fellowship opportunity for an ambitious graduate to focus their research on what businesses and organisations can do to support working carers*, as part of a new ESRC-funded programme on Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems. If you have a passion for research which makes a difference, this opportunity could be perfect for you.
*Working carers are employees who manage a caring responsibility for an older or disabled relative or friend alongside their paid job or career.

This full-time RCUK Innovation Fellowship is available from early 2018 until 31 December 2020 years. We are looking for an experienced researcher capable of high standards of scholarship, wanting to undertake innovation-oriented research which makes a difference, and keen to work in partnership with UK businesses and organisations.

This opportunity offers the chance to develop your own programme of research in an exceptionally supportive environment within a large, internationally connected team.
You will work alongside highly successful senior scholars and up-and-coming researchers, with an individual mentor to help you realise your full potential.

A PhD (awarded within the past 4 years (or longer in certain circumstances) OR an equivalent level of research experience in
industry, the public or charitable sectors, or overseas, is required. (You are not eligible to apply if you are currently registered for a PhD but have not yet submitted your thesis for examination.)
This opportunity requires a qualification in a social science subject such as management, business studies, organisational sociology or psychology, or industrial / workplace relations. It involves working closely with internationally leading employer organisation Employers for Carers and will include researching how its service can be extended to small firms and new businesses.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Ensure your research is of high quality, identifying literature, updating your knowledge, and assessing the validity of relevant literature / its contribution to your field.
• With support and guidance from your line manager, determine your research objectives, and initiate and implement a programme of research, taking responsibility for managing your time, budget and equipment.
• Disseminate your research findings by producing papers for high quality journals and presentation in-house or at national/international conferences or seminars.
• Ensure your research is relevant to the needs of industry and businesses and that your findings are disseminated in a manner suitable for non-academic audiences.
• Participate in meetings, workshops and seminars within the Sustainable Care programme.
• Plan ahead to meet deadlines for journal publications, presentations and papers for meetings and conferences.
• With support and guidance from your line manager, identify appropriate sources of funding and during the course of the Fellowship, prepare research proposals for relevant funding bodies.
• Undertake any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.
• Develop a personal programme of innovation-oriented research, consistent with the aims of the SC Programme, in ongoing collaboration with sector / industrial partners, focused on enhancing organisational effectiveness by modernising support for working carers.
Take responsibility for your own academic and professional development, actively engaging with the mentoring and other support provided.
• Play an active and constructive part in the development of the Early Career Network of the SC Programme and in its capacity building, impact and theory-building activities.


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