Senior Research Fellow - Responsible Research & Innovation (Fixed-term)

Closing Date
Tuesday, 21st April 2020
Job Type
Life Sciences
£40322 to £49553 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

The University of Nottingham’s Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) is offering the position of a Senior Research Fellow in Responsible Research and Innovation as part of an exciting interdisciplinary large scale project, involving the creation and exploitation of gas fermenting microbial chassis as it relates to the sustainable production of chemicals and fuels. 

SBRC Nottingham is one of six UK centres created by the BBSRC/EPSRC. It originally received grant funding of £14.3M and has just received extension funding of £3m. The post forms part of the social science aspect of the SBRC, concerned with embedding and researching ‘responsible research and innovation’ approaches.

The successful candidate will conduct high quality research, shape the core SBRC project as well as related projects, take initiative, and publish the results of the work in high quality outlets and publications. 

Work will focus in particular on further developing and implementing a framework of Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) and bringing the social science part of the project to fruition, paying particular attention to developing interactions with industry and policy makers. 

The role holder will collaborate with the SBRC Outreach Officer in shaping project related-engagement activities. The role holder will also have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend their research portfolio. 

We are looking for a person who displays creativity, open-mindedness, and ability to develop new ideas. The candidate should also be willing to participate in other SBRC oriented research and teaching and support the SBRC in relevant administrative duties. 

Candidates must hold a PhD in a discipline relevant to social science, political science, bioethics, or philosophy. 

This fixed-term post is available as soon as possible until 31 March 2021. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week), however job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Nigel Minton ( Please note that applications sent directly to this Email address will not be accepted.

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