Research council vacancies

The Arts & Humanities Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council are both seeking to recruit members. Read more about how to apply.

The University wishes to increase its membership on external Committees.  If you are considering submitting an application you should discuss with your Faculty’s Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation.  Please also let Annette Caplan (34091) know if you submit an application.


AHRC is seeking to fill three vacancies arising on its Council in September 2015.  Applications are sought from arts and humanities academics based at UK HEIs and from experienced individuals working in the wider business, public sector and voluntary sectors, particularly in a creative and cultural context.  Applicants must have an interest in and preferably experience of the way in which arts and humanities research engages with business, policy and society. Areas to which we are particularly looking to recruit are:

  • Law (either academic or practising)
  • Performing Arts (either academic or practising)
  • Heritage (either academic or practising)
  • Classics and/or archaeology (either academic or practising)
  • Creative and cultural sectors, in particular Museums and Galleries

The deadline for applications is Monday 5 January 2015 and interviews will take place in London on Tuesday 3 February 2015.

For further information, see the AHRC website.


NERC Council is seeking applications for up to five vacancies for part-time membership from 1 August 2015. NERC Council is the top-level decision making body and Council members are drawn from the academic and user communities served by the Council. They should be able to reflect and express authoritatively the perspective and views of their research or business/user community, whilst contributing to the Council's successful pursuit of its mission. They must at all times observe the highest standards of impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to the stewardship of public funds and managing NERC, and ensure that high standards of corporate governance are observed.

Council meets five times a year. NERC offers an annual honorarium of £6,850 for approximately 20 days' work, plus reasonable travel and subsistence expenses. Appointments are for up to four years, commencing 1 August 2015.

Essential Skills:

  • A record of conducting and leading internationally respected research
  • Commitment to NERC mission and a willingness to act corporately
  • Ability to exercise judgement across a broad spectrum of policy issues and have a vision of the  priorities and opportunities both within their area of science and also across the Research Councils
  • Robust leadership skills, and an ability to address difficult issues with energy and diplomacy, and work with Council in reaching conclusions
  • Ability to work effectively within the public sector’s requirements for accountability and openness, and within financial constraints

The deadline for applications is Monday 5 January 2015 and interviews will take place in London on Thursday 5 February 2015.

For further information, see the NERC website.

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