Professor of Work and Organisation Studies, Essex Business School

Updated: 15 days ago
Location: Colchester, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 13 Oct 2021

Professor of Work and Organisation Studies, Essex Business School
On the Professorial scale, commensurate with experience and achievements
Academic, Education, Research

Essex Business School

The Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management Group at Essex Business School has a global reputation for high-quality research, education, and scholarship, with international expertise in areas including critical organisation studies, the sociology of work, workplace equality and diversity, and HRM. It is home to the University’s Centre for Work, Organization and Society, along with a range of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate degrees including its CIPD accredited MSc HRM, its newly launched MSc Organisational Change Management, and its PhD in HRM and Organisation Studies.

As part of a programme of academic expansion, we are now looking to appoint a talented and internationally established social scientist in the area of work and organisation studies. The successful candidate will play a leading role in further enhancing the research profile of both the Group and the School, as well as providing both an exceptional educational experience for our students and inclusive academic and administrative leadership to colleagues.

While we would encourage applications from individuals with expertise pertaining to any aspect of work and organisation studies, we would especially welcome applicants with a demonstrable research and teaching pedigree in any of the following areas: 

  • Equality and inclusion
  • Leadership and organisational change
  • Technology and organisational innovation

Duties of the Role

The successful candidate will be expected to enhance the educational and research profile of Essex Business School as a leading research led business schools both nationally and internationally.

They will contribute fully to the development of both the Group, and the School, through:

  • enhancing our research reputation in work and organisation studies by publishing internationally excellent research, pursing impact, and by securing research income from external funders.
  • achieving an excellent educational experience for our students on undergraduate, masters, and postgraduate research programmes.
  • operational and strategic leadership at Group, School and, where required, University level.

A full list of duties and responsibilities can be found within the job pack.

Qualifications and Skills required

Applicants should hold a relevant doctoral-level research degree or equivalent professional experience or practice.

The successful candidate will have a distinguished academic record, including internationally excellent research, success in securing and managing substantial research grants and will have a clear publication plan for submission to future Research Excellence Framework (REF) programmes.

The post-holder will possess the ability to complement and strengthen the teaching and research activities in one of the Group’s key research areas. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrable ability to establish effective organisational policies and/or strategies to support and promote others in delivering excellence in research and education, including enhancing the student experience and students’ employment prospects. Strong organisational, communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

This is a permanent, full-time post on an ASER (teaching and research) contract and appointment will be made as Professor (R). The post is available from 1 January 2022.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

To support this commitment we have our Global Forum , a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based Faith Centre, which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives. For more information see:

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification, which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application.  Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please email the Resourcing Team ( ).

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