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Job opportunity – Professor and Director of CLOSER


Professor and Director of CLOSER

The closing date for this position has now passed.

Quantitative Social Science

Closing Date:   Friday 21 November 2014
Interview Date:   Thursday 11 December 2014
Reference:  SAC-QSS-5529

Annual salary will be made, on the basis of comparable UCL terms and conditions of employment, at a level commensurate with your academic standing. Your package will include an annual London Allowance.

This senior full-time post is available immediately.

We are seeking to appoint a Professor in the Department of Quantitative Social Science (QSS) who, alongside professorial duties, will be the Director of the Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER).

Please note that it has been agreed, subject to a final vote by the IOE Council in November, that the IOE will become a single-faculty School of University College London (UCL) from 2nd December 2014 – further details can be found on the IOE website at: The UK has a unique and unparalleled, world-leading collection of large-scale, longitudinal studies, which follow life trajectories of families and individuals. This is an exciting opportunity to shape how these resources are used and make an impact, together with the opportunities for ground-breaking research as a senior academic in the department. Launched on 1 October 2012, CLOSER is a consortium of the UK’s leading birth cohort and longitudinal studies. CLOSER’s core objectives are to maximise the use, value and impact of these studies both within the UK and abroad.

You will take the scientific lead in directing and developing CLOSER as a world-leading programme of resources for interdisciplinary research and securing its long-term funding position. Directing CLOSER will account for 40% of the role. You will have proven leadership experience indicating suitability for leading a multi-disciplinary programme based in more than one institution, and a record of success in securing external research funding from a range of sources.

You will have an understanding of the management and analysis of large-scale longitudinal data sets and an excellent record of research and scholarship. Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of groups. Experience of disseminating research results to professional, practitioner and policy audiences and the ability to combine research and scholarship with high levels of administrative competence are also required.

Further information:

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Please visit the Jobs at IOE site to apply.

We positively encourage applicants from all sections of under-represented communities.