Work or study with SPERI: New opportunities announced

There are currently several exciting opportunities up for grabs.

We are currently seeking to appoint an exceptional Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to help shape, develop and lead SPERI’s research agenda over the next three years.

We also have one funded PhD Studentship available, and we are looking for volunteers to help out at SPERI Events|News.

You can find a brief outline of the opportunities below. More information can be found on our vacancies page.

About the Research Fellowship

You will hold a PhD in a relevant area (or have equivalent experience) and maintain research activity of a substantial external reputation.

This will be achieved through: generating research income and direction for self and others, conducting high quality research, producing research publications of exceptional quality and impact, supervising research students and research staff, participating actively in the development and implementation of the department and the Faculty’s research strategy.

The post is full time and fixed-term from 1st January 2013 to 30 April 2015 at Grade 8.

Grade 8: £37,012 – £44,166 per annum with the expectation of annual incremental progression.

How to apply

You can apply for this position online at and searching for the job referenced: UOS005351.

Applicants should include in their application a 3000 word (maximum) post-doctoral research fellowship application, indicating clearly its links to SPERI’s core research focus and at least one of the five research themes, as well as its potential to generate user and/or policy-maker impact.

Closing date: 9 November 2012 

About the Ph D Studentship

SPERI also has a Ph D studentship available for a candidate to start from September 2013 onwards.

The award covers fees (UK/EU or Overseas) and a full stipend at the RCUK rate (£13,590 in 2012-13). The scholarship fund up to three years full-time or six years part-time study, subject to satisfactory progress.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a research proposal of around 2000 words to, indicating clearly its links to SPERIs core research focus and at least one of the research themes outlined above.

Proposals should also include:

  • A provisional title
  • The main aims of your research
  • Key research questions and/or hypotheses
  • The academic and wider value of the PhD
  • An identification of links to previous literature in the area
  • The methods of research proposed
  • A plan and timetable of work


  • You should have a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent and a Masters degree in a relevant subject area.
  • You should be applying to start your first year of study on a full-time or part-time PhD with the University in the 2013-14 academic year (i.e. after 1st September 2013, exact start date to be agreed with your supervisor/ department).
  • Awards are open to UK, EU and international applicants.

Closing date: 28 February 2013


We are also always looking for volunteers to help out at SPERI Events|News. Email if you would like to help out.