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Postdoctoral Researcher: ESRC Project on Military Learning

Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £37,979 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
Full Time, Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Friday 30 April 2021
Interview Date:  Tuesday 15 June 2021
Reference:  0321-070

Full-Time, Fixed-Term

Salary is £35,845 per annum pro rata. London Allowance of £2,134 will be payable in addition to salary.

Applications are invited for the post of Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy

The Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher to research the development of military learning processes in Estonia, Portugal and the Netherlands. Funded by the ESRC and under the supervision of Dr Tom Dyson, the researcher will contribute to the growing body of literature examining the intersection between military innovation studies and management studies. 

We seek a researcher whose interests and experience cohere around the broad areas of: organisational learning and military adaptation/innovation. The researcher will undertake original research, contributing to the design, conduct, and interpretation of research, and the identification of further areas of relevant research. The researcher will publish research results, co-authoring academic journal articles, a research monograph, and pieces aimed at non-academic audiences. They will present research results at seminars, workshops, and conferences, including workshops/events within the Dutch, Estonian and Portuguese militaries, NATO Centres of Excellence, and NATO’s Joint Analysis and Lessons-Learned Centre. The researcher will develop working relationships with military personnel and organisations across NATO member-states. 

Applicants should hold, or be close to completing, a PhD/DPhil in a relevant discipline such as management studies, political science or international relations. They should have extensive experience of conducting semi-structured interviews and independent fieldwork. The ability to conduct high-quality academic research evidenced in scholarly writing and publications in peer-reviewed journals commensurate with the applicant’s career stage is essential. Applicants should have the ability to distil complex research results for non-academic readers, an aptitude for cross-disciplinary working, and the ability to work collaboratively with non-academic partners, particularly in a military context. Applicants should possess excellent oral and written communication skills, organisational skills, and exemplary interpersonal skills with the ability to work proactively within a small research team. Experience of collaborative working with military organisations is desirable.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

The post is full-time and fixed-term for 30 months, starting on 1 October 2021.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Tom Dyson at Tom.Dyson@rhul.ac.uk

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.ukFor queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: Recruitment@rhul.ac.uk

Please quote the reference: 0321-070

Closing Date:   Midnight, Friday 30 April 2021 

Interview Date: Interviews will take place on Tuesday 15 June 2021 via MS Teams.

Please note that the College can issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for the successful candidate to support a visa application, if required. This route applies to individuals who currently are not eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK. If you will require a Certificate of Sponsorship/ Visa, when applying please state ‘Certificate of Sponsorship’ under the right to work section.

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Royal Holloway is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. Read here about structures and initiatives around equality and diversity, including information on staff diversity networks.


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