Job vacancy: Professor in Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University (full-time, permanent)

view, Edinburgh, Napier, University, Merichston, campus

View of the city from Edinburgh Napier University Merchiston campus, home of the Social Informatics research group

Scotland’s top modern university for research power and impact is recruiting a new Professor in Social Informatics. Please pass the message on!

Full details of the job can be found in the advertisement on jobs.ac.uk, and by following the links on the Edinburgh Napier University ‘work with us; page. The deadline for applications is Sunday 4th September 2022, with Interviews expected to take place in the week of 10th October 2022.

This is a senior full-time permanent research, teaching, and leadership role (grade 8, £65,573-£74,735) for an experienced academic whose research interests and expertise align with, and will develop, those of the Social Informatics research group. The group currently comprises ten academic staff, three research staff, one emeritus professor, one visiting professor, and nine PhD students (the majority of whom hold studentships awarded through our membership of the ESRC-funded Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership). The professor will be expected to play a key role in leading the research group, especially in terms of driving the research agenda and leading the exploration of new foundational research areas.

The successful candidate will add to the research of the experienced team whose research covers the broad areas of:

  • democratic digital engagement
  • e-government
  • information behaviour and practices
  • information and digital literacy
  • information and knowledge management
  • information policy
  • the information Society
  • online communities
  • technology and policy development
  • work-based and organisational learning

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who offer specific expertise in one or more of the following (or related) topics:

  • creative qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • design, implementation and evaluation of collaborative participatory digital media/services
  • ethical aspects of technology development (e.g. artificial intelligence)
  • gender and digital skills
  • health information behaviour
  • impacts of online archive and library collections
  • information governance and trust
  • information retrieval
  • information systems
  • information/knowledge sharing
  • knowledge representation
  • management of information services
  • open access publishing
  • privacy, risk, and online safety
  • reuse of digital heritage materials
  • technologies and organisational change

This is a fabulous opportunity to join a very friendly, productive, and successful research group located in one of the best cities in the world: Edinburgh has recently been ranked top in the 2022 Time Out index; see also the photo gallery of our beautiful city below. Other benefits of the role include a 30% time allocation for research, as well as a fully-funded UK PhD studentship to be filled within the first year of appointment.

Social Informatics Research Group Edinburgh Napier University selfie

Come and join us! Pictured here: Dr Peter Cruickshank, Dr David Brazier, Dr David Haynes, Professor Hazel Hall, Katherine Stephen (front); Dr JP Vargheese, Dr Bruce Ryan (back). For profiles of all members of the group, please see our flyer.

The successful candidate will be joining a growing School, ranked third in Scotland in REF2021 in the two units of assessment to which members of the Social Informatics group contributed: 11 Computer Science and Informatics; 34 Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management. This REF2021 performance includes a 100% 4* rating for research impact for unit of assessment 11, a performance achieved by only six other universities in the UK. In unit of assessment 34 we also demonstrated particular strengths in research impact (100% 3* and 4*), and research environment (90% 3* and 4*).

For the full ad for this role, please see jobs.ac.uk. For details of the level of achievement for a Grade 8 post of the Research Pathway at Napier, please see the University’s Academic Framework document. In  particular, see the third row for Professor Level 1 Grade 8 on page 4, and the criteria for the Research Pathway as related to (1) Esteem, (2) Innovation and impact, (3) Contribution, and (4) Academic leadership on page 5.

I will also be pleased to speak anyone interested in the post. In the first instance, please email me at h.hall@napier.ac.uk.

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