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Interdisciplinary Fellows, Research & Innovation (VPO14A)

We are offering twenty 5-year fellowships aligned to our new Interdisciplinary Challenge areas, initially funded through the Development Trust.One of the flagship developments outlined within the University’s 20-year strategy, Aberdeen 2040, is the commitment to five Interdisciplinary Challenge Areas that address the biggest challenges of our time; Energy Transition; Environment and Biodiversity; Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing; Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity; and Data and Artificial Intelligence. Our vision is to place interdisciplinarity at the heart of the University to create innovative and sustainable solutions to the key global challenges facing society, to provide a focus for interdisciplinary research and to enhance student learning through the integration of approaches and collaboration across multiple branches of knowledge. In fulfilling this vision, we will contribute to transformations locally, nationally and globally to enhance human society and the planet.

School/Section: Research & Innovation
Division: Unspecified
Staff Category: Academic
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £43,414 - £51,805
Ref No: VPO14A
Closing Date: 16-OCT-2022


Job Description

We are offering twenty 5-year fellowships aligned to our new Interdisciplinary Challenge areas, initially funded through the Development Trust. The successful applicants will be supported to achieve their research and teaching career ambitions through mentoring, peer support and training opportunities. This will be in addition to support provided by senior staff in the respective Interdisciplinary Challenge Areas and Schools. The fellows will already have a track record of high-quality interdisciplinary research, innovation and impact. They will build upon existing research communities in the University and create new ones. Over time, they will be trained in and take up the full range of core academic activities, to enhance their teaching, academic leadership and knowledge exchange.

Applications from all fields are welcome but they must align with at least oneof the Aberdeen 2040 Interdisciplinary Challenge Areas and Schools (please find more information here:  Themed research areas that we wish to recruit for and that fellows should align with include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Energy Transition: The challenge to decarbonise and reduce greenhouse gas emissions;Renewable Technologies e.g. offshore wind, geothermal, hydrogen, CCUS (including for extending the life of mature basins). Energy Security and the Role of Oil & Gas in a Net Zero World; Offshore Urban Planning and Regulation;A Just Transition for all;


  • Environment and Biodiversity: Nature-based Solutions to Global Change; Environment, Health and Food Systems; Environmental Analytics; and Education for Sustainability.
  • Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing: Food and Nutrition Security aligned with Planetary Health; Future Healthcare; Digitalisation in Healthcare Systems; Health and Wellbeing in Changing Societies.
  • Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity: Inclusive and equitable approaches to economic recovery; Cultural and creative Industries; Arts & Health; Cultural engagement and participation; Cultural Policy and Placemaking.
  • Data and AI: Data-Centric and Green AI Systems; Human-Centred AI and Autonomous Agents; Digital Innovation and Privacy-enhanced Technologies; and Digital Twins with Machine Learning.

Applicants should outline their research aspirations in a plan covering the next three to five years, how they map onto the Interdisciplinary Challenge Areas encapsulated in Aberdeen’s 2040 Strategy, the interdisciplinary nature of the area of research and their teaching experience to date in their application. All successful applicants will be part of an interdisciplinary cohort, but please indicate in your application which school(s) you would envisage being aligned. Your interests may span across Challenge Areas and Schools therefore indicate in your application those that are relevant.

It is expected that applicants will have a strong track record of publications and some teaching experience.

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Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa.  At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Patrycja Bromm, HR Adviser (Graduate Trainee) (e-mail: for further information.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on Grade 7, £43,414 – £51,805 per annum with placement according to qualifications and experience.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 16 October 2022.

Job Reference Number: VP014A

The University values a diverse working environment and recognises the benefits this can bring. The University is keen to receive applications from individuals from across all of the equality protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation).

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