Posted on: 8 January, 2019
Application deadline: February 26, 2019

Presidential Academic Fellowship: Urban Digital Futures, University of Manchester, UK

Presidential Academic Fellowship: Urban Digital Futures

Job Reference : HUM-13242

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing Date : 26/02/2019

Salary : £40,792 to £50,132 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment Type : Permanent

Faculty / Organisational Unit : Humanities

Division : 

Hours Per week : Full Time and Part Time Positions are available

Contract Duration : Initial 4 Year Fellowship leading to a permanent and appropriate academic contract

 Presidential Academic Fellowship: Urban Digital Futures

School of Environment, Education and Development

Faculty of Humanities

 The University of Manchester

Creative, ambitious and keen to develop transformative research, you will relish this excellent opportunity to drive your academic career to a higher level. As an impressive early career academic, you’ll recognise that securing a Presidential Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester will empower you to unlock your potential. In addition to a good salary for the duration of your Fellowship, you’ll receive several thousand pounds per annum for research support costs and access to key technology platforms. Your time during this award will be initially dedicated to research, with no or minimal teaching in the first year, and minimal teaching in the second year.  Thereafter teaching would increase with each subsequent year of the fellowship.  You can look forward to mentoring and assistance in winning external funding and awards.

The post will provide expertise in urban digital futures around smart cities and communities, big data and what is increasingly termed ‘PropTech’ and ‘PlanTech’. This is grounded in quantitative social science to address contemporary and future grand challenges in Real Estate and Urban Planning.  The post holder will be expected to be undertaking leading-edge research in methods, techniques and application in PropTech and PlanTech to inform the future smart and digital city.  The post holder will be expected to translate their research and findings to the policy and decision making community in ways which will influence policy and practice in cities across the globe.  The ability to collaborate with the private sector, particularly technology companies will be a desirable asset of the post holder.

To join us, you will need a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification. You’ll bring to the role a sustained record of publication output. Crucially, you will demonstrate the ability to develop a coherent world-leading research programme, with new concepts and ideas to extend intellectual understanding. You have what it takes to organise resources and deliver results to deadlines. Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills also equip you to build a team, and to inspire and engage students. The determination to win your own funding will be key to your success.

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Richard Kingston



General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499


Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.