Technical Community Research Associate/Fellow for the TALENT project

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Reference: ENG154920
Closing Date: Tuesday, 16th June 2020
Job Type: Research
Department: Engineering
Salary: £27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate/Fellow to support the Midlands Innovation TALENT programme – a £5M investment supported by Research England and partners that aims to advance status and opportunity for the technical community in UK Higher Education. This is a unique opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team to build knowledge and understanding of the technical community in UK Higher Education and to develop and influence policy and practice.

Midlands Innovation’s £5M TALENT programme, announced by the Science Minister in February 2020, is the largest ever investment into technicians in higher education, whose specialist skills often go unrecognised despite the crucial role they play in the success of universities and the growth of the UK economy.

The TALENT programme will advance the understanding of the higher education sector’s future needs for skilled technicians, deliver culture change around the technician’s role in research, knowledge exchange and equipment sharing and greatly strengthen the provision and content of training available to technical staff across UK higher education and research.

A key component of the TALENT programme is a national policy commission looking at the future technical skills needs of UK higher education. The role holder will work across the 8 Midlands Innovation universities, providing support to the commission through further research and stakeholder engagement and contributing to the development, writing and dissemination of a high profile sector report and new academic literature.

The person appointed will contribute to the evidence gathering sessions to collect input from: technicians; academics; university management; research funders; technical experts; students; business; and policy makers. The role will support the commission through the gathering of qualitative and quantitative data sets, for example, workforce demographics; gap analysis; analysis of the changing technologies technicians use (e.g. to support laboratory teaching, increasing digitisation of research); government policy implications; and the impact of the increasing focus on collaboration (business, across universities, multidisciplinary research).

The role will also support culture change projects within TALENT, collecting data and building understanding of the Midlands Innovation technical workforce relating to EDI; research culture; the technicians’ role in knowledge transfer and collaboration; and technical representation within decision making structures within institutions.

We welcome applications from recent PhD graduates, applicants close to completion of a PhD, and those with postdoctoral experience. We also welcome applicants with an equivalent track-record of professional work experience in relevant organisations or practice. The role is full-time but we will consider applications from candidates who wish to work part-time (minimum 0.8 FTE). This is a 2-year post and is available immediately.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Kelly Vere ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. Additional information on TALENT can be found at

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