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Deputy Director of Research (Economics)

Deputy Director of Research (Economics)

ESRC, UK Research and Innovation



Full time/part time (minimum 0.8FTE)

Do you have excellent analytical and influencing skills? We are looking for a Deputy Director with a particular focus on economics to join our team. This is a brand new role to strategically develop and manage ESRC's current and future research funding activity.

About the role
The purpose of the Deputy Director (Economics) role is to lead and to take personal responsibility for a number of these teams, including those with an economics focus. This will include the team setting up the new, UKRI funded, Productivity Institute and related funding.

You will be required to engage with a wide range of academic and broader stakeholder communities to catalyse research ideas (working closely with others across the organisation), to drive forward their subsequent development and delivery, then to ensure that outputs, outcomes and impacts are captured and optimised, and that lessons are learnt for future funding calls.

Internally this will involve contributing to strategic decision making and driving a culture of high-performance teamwork across the ESRC. Externally the post holder will engage with UKRI sister councils, leading academic stakeholders, strategic partners and key networks, including relevant government departments, and ESRC funded Institutes such as the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) based at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Key responsibilities

  • Contributing to council strategy formation, supporting strategic decision making within UKRI, and working to deliver the ESRC's vision for social science and specific Delivery Plan priorities , with a particular focus on economics
  • Collaboration with other councils in a wide number of research/portfolio areas to drive cross-cutting and interdisciplinary initiatives and ensure a strong social science presence, including but also beyond economics

About you

You will have:

  • A degree or equivalent experience in economics or a relevant discipline, and demonstrable ability to engage in discussion and debate about key topics in economics and related areas and methods
  • Commitment to articulating and helping others to understand and optimise the contribution that economics and related fields can make to improving policy and business, and to understanding and addressing societal challenges
  • Experience of managing budgets and the exercise of financial control

UKRI recognises and value employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance as well as other benefits.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to provide an up to date CV and a cover letter outlining their suitability for the role. Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on (0).

The closing date for applications is 24th November 2019

59023.00 GBP Annual

Deputy Director of Research (Economics)

Swindon, UK

Published on 1 Dec 2019