Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Postdoctoral Position Working on Well-Being and Economics

Postdoctoral Researcher - Stirling Management School

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 Stirling Campus

Contract Type:

 Fixed Term Contract

Posting date: 

Post Details
Full time, Fixed Term Contract
Grade 7 £30,424 - £36,298p.a.

Closing date for applications is midnight on Thursday 14 November 2013
Interviews will take place on week commencing 25 November 2013

*Previous applicants need not apply*
The Post
The University of Stirling is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral researcher within the Behavioural Science Centre at Stirling Management School. The post-doctoral researcher will work with, and be responsible to Professor Alex Wood and Dr Christopher Boyce on an ESRC funded grant entitled “Individual Differences in the Impact of Socio-Economic Events on Health and Well-Being”. The post is on a fixed term, full-time basis for three years. The post is based at the University of Stirling and the project is run in collaboration with Professor James Banks (University of Manchester and the Institute of Fiscal Studies) and Professor Eamonn Ferguson (University of Nottingham) with whom the appointed person would also remotely work.

The position would suit an outstanding early career academic, with the expectation being that they would develop a strong track record of high level publications on the topics of the grant to be published during the three year period. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged (including economics, psychology, and social and health sciences), although an ability to work with large longitudinal (e.g. samples with several thousand individuals observed over several years) is essential, and an affiliation with the broad topics of the grant is an advantage.
The University
Stirling was the first new university to be established in Scotland for nearly 400 years, created by Royal Charter in 1967. Since its foundation, the University has embraced its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution with an established reputation for blending arts and science.
Stirling is a University of distinction, home to leading researchers and scholars attracted by the unique learning environment, exceptional facilities and student-centred approach, where ability, not background, is recognised and valued.
The essence of the University of Stirling is its people:  graduates, staff and students are helping to shape the world by making a direct and positive contribution to the development of prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities around the globe.
The University population has grown from 164 undergraduate students and 31 postgraduates in 1967 to 8,800 undergraduates and 3,500 postgraduates in 2012. With over 100 nationalities represented at Stirling, around one in five students come from overseas.
A truly Scottish university, Stirling’s reach extends to campuses in the Highland capital of Inverness and to Stornoway, gateway to the Western Isles.
Stirling’s main campus is located at the historic heart of Scotland, with convenient links to the rest of the UK and beyond. The University is within easy reach of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, and its largest city, Glasgow. Scotland’s two main international airports are less than an hour away, with direct flights to Europe and beyond.
About Us
For information about Stirling Management School:
Description of Duties
The successful candidate will work with, and be responsible to Professor Alex Wood and Dr Christopher Boyce on an ESRC grant entitled “Individual Differences in the Impact of Socio-Economic Events on Health and Well-Being”.

Duties will include:

Taking the lead on the analysis of large longitudinal datasets (e.g. samples with several thousand individuals observed over several years) and writing up the ensuing results

Contributing to the intellectual life of the Behavioural Science Centre
Essential Criteria
  • A completed (or exceptionally nearly completed) doctorate in a relevant research area 
  • Excellent research motivation and demonstrable potential to produce published research of a high standard 
  • An interest and willingness to be an integral part of the Behavioural Science Centre and contribute to its intellectual life 
  • A record of peer-reviewed publications (published or in the pipeline) as appropriate to discipline and career stage 
Skills, Attitude & Behaviour 
  • Extensive experience with the organisation and use of large longitudinal datasets (e.g. samples with several thousand individuals observed over several years)
  • Extensive experience using advanced statistical techniques, appropriate for the analysis of large longitudinal datasets 
  • An ability to take the lead in writing the ensuing papers to a publishable standard
  • Effective interpersonal skills (including communication, presentation, ability to work in a team, a collaborative approach to work, and responsiveness to supervision), personal skills (including time management, self-reliance, and the ability to cope with pressure and conflicting demands), and goal orientation (including a dedication to producing world leading publications, a general positive attitude, enthusiasm, and self-motivation).
Desirable Criteria
  • Ability to quickly produce papers across diverse areas 
  • Experience of researching in one or more areas relevant to the project
  • The potential to apply for external funding for research and knowledge transfer
Additional Information
Appointment Process:
This role will be appointed by a Selection Committee, which will be provisionally compose: Professor Liam Delaney (the School's Director of Research; Committee Chair), Professor Alex Wood (Principal Investigator of the grant), Dr Christopher Boyce (Co-directing Investigator of the grant), and Ms Susan Ross (School Manager).

Applications should consist of a CV accompanied by a statement (or cover letter) of around 1,000 words. Both the CV and statement will be used when shortlisting candidates. Prior to preparing the statement, we strongly advise candidates to carefully consider both the summary of the project (see link below) and the ongoing work within the centre (as described at In the statement, candidates should outline: (a) why they want to work on this specific research project (not why they want a post-doctoral position in this general area); (b) why they would want to join the Behavioural Sciences Centre; and (c) why their particular previous experience and skills make them ideally suited to this role as outlined in the person specification (especially with regards to an ability to analyse relevant variables in large longitudinal datasets and the potential to quickly produce papers across diverse domains relevant to the grant).
Candidates are invited to informally contact Professor Alex Wood with any queries at
For information on the Behavioural Science Centre:
An applicant guide can be found at the following address, we recommend you read this before making your application
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Terms and conditions of this post can be found at

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