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Below you will find all current employment opportunities within the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science

Pathway Convenor (various posts)

We are recruiting for Pathway Convenors in two pathways: Human Geography, Environment and Urban Planning; and Social Work and Social Policy. This is a key leadership role within SGSSS, involving a time commitment of 0.1FTE from July 2021 (later starts up to September negotiable) for three years. 

Applications are invited from colleagues at partner institutions that are pathway members. You should be a minimum of lectureship (grade 8) level or equivalent and with demonstrable experience of leading and convening academic networks.  

SGSSS is the largest of the UK’s ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), funding around 60 studentships each year for seven years, and supporting the training and collaboration needs of all social science research students in Scotland. Behind the scenes, a small core team is supported by a network of dedicated colleagues at partner universities who promote our activities and provide essential input relating to management; administration; disciplinary training design/delivery; supporting staff and students applying for ESRC funding; and, assessing funding applications. 

Essential to the success of the partnership is the 15 training pathways. The pathways are crucial to the functioning of the SGSSS and each represents a discipline or cross-disciplinary grouping. Pathways are grouped into three Hubs; Economies, Mind and Technologies, Society and Welfare, and People and Place. 

Pathway Convenors provide leadership for their pathway. This involves coordinating representatives at HEIs involved in the pathway to support students and colleagues in developing strong applications for ESRC funded studentships. As convenor of a national network, the role also plays a key part in assessing applications and identifying and delivering disciplinary and cross-disciplinary pathway-level training.   

Applicants should send a copy of their CV and a cover letter outlining why they are attracted to the position, along with relevant experience. Applications should be sent to including ‘Pathway Convenor (INSERT PATHWAY NAME) application’ in the email subject heading. 

If you would like to discuss the post in further detail please contact the SGSSS Director, Professor Jamie Pearce (Director) and/or the relevant Hub lead: Dr Kiril Sharapov (for Human Geography, Environment, Urban Planning pathway), Dr Richard Simmons (for Social work/Social policy pathway) You may also want to speak with your HEI representative on the Deans of Graduate Studies network. The successful candidate will require a letter of support from their Dean confirming allocation of 0.1FTE so we encourage candidates to start these conversations as soon as possible.   

Closing date for applications: Friday 7th May with interviews expected in w/c 24th and 31st May. 

Employability and Partnerships Manager

UE07, £33,797 – £40,322
Fixed Term, 12 months from 1st May 2021, 35 hours per week
1st May 2021- 30th April 2022

We are looking for an individual with a passion for developing people and supporting the career development journey. You will be part of a small dedicated team, within a large extended network supporting the Social Science Doctoral community across Scotland. The post holder will lead the development and implementation of employability initiatives including: coordinating a well-established internship programme, designing a development programme for ESRC-funded postdoctoral fellows; relationship management/development with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and partners; enhancing the visibility and impact of social science research; and, providing advice, guidance and support for all aspects of employability, impact and knowledge exchange for the social science doctoral and early career research community across Scotland.

You would currently be expected to work from home with a view to operating from the University campus (with occasional travel to Scotland-wide events) once Covid restrictions allow.

For the full job description and details on how to apply, please visit the University of Edinburgh webpages.