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The Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Government Office for Science (GO Science) wish to appoint two Areas of Research Interest (ARI) Fellowships, for one year (with the potential to extend to two years), starting as soon as feasible from mid October 2019.

The aim of these fellowships is to enable genuine co-creation (of projects, analyses and programmes of work) between researchers and those making and informing policy. These two fellows will be the ARI Research Engagement Fellow and ARI Policy Engagement Fellow. The Fellows will work together as a team, and with GO Science (and the Chief Scientific Advisers network) and ESRC, to facilitate researchers and government departments (and relevant stakeholders) working together to develop and take forward research and knowledge exchange that addresses the ARIs.

These fellowships represent a unique opportunity for researchers and policy engagement experts to work at the heart of government at a time of rapid change and investment in the research-policy environment, potentially playing a key role in shaping the future of science capability in government and research-policy engagement in the UK.

The Fellowships

Both roles are open to candidates with a proven track record of excellence in social science research and/or engagement with policy makers, but these two posts are intended to bring distinct and complementary skills to this initiative. We would welcome applications from teams that have worked together before, but individuals will be judged on their own merits.

  1. ARI Research Engagement Fellow

    This role will have core responsibility for identifying and convening research expertise appropriate to address selected ARIs. The fellow will work to enable dialogue with government departments to refine and develop the ARIs. The Research Engagement fellow will work closely with the Policy Engagement Fellow in the development and delivery of work between cross-disciplinary/sector expert groups of researchers and policy makers to identify and design the research approaches needed to address them.

  2. ARI Policy Engagement Fellow

    This role will have core responsibility for proactively engaging with relevant policy makers across government. The fellow will take lead responsibility for the development and delivery of evidence-informed and innovative methods and tools to facilitate interactions between cross-disciplinary/sector expert groups of researchers and policy makers to support refinement of ARIs.

Up to £100,000 (full economic costing fEC) for each Fellowship over one year is available. Applicants may request funding from ESRC at standard 80% fEC. Applications will be assessed by a panel of independent academic and policy experts, with advice to the panel on the strategic context and priorities from ESRC and GO Science. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview in the first week of September 2019. Each appointment is available at up to 80% FTE.

Applications should be submitted on the basis of the Fellowship specifications and the associated guidance via the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S)  by 16:00 on 6 August 2019.

Applicants should note that these posts are expected to be based at least 4 days a month in London at GO Science, which is part of Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Applicants will need to undergo pre-employment checks carried out by BEIS HR for Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) clearance. Applicants are requested to discuss the implications for other commitments with their institution on application if feasible, to enable take-up as soon as possible from October 2019.

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