Call for applications: White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership interdisciplinary pathway directors

By 17th January 2024 No Comments
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Deadline for applications: midday, Wednesday 14 February 2024

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership is seeking to recruit a Pathway Director to each of the following interdisciplinary pathways:
Focusing on some of the greatest challenges facing society today, each pathway brings together researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to identify and develop the added value of social science in addressing these societal challenges.  Each of our pathways is led by a Pathway Director, who is responsible for delivering a pathway-specific programme of research training that is cutting edge and responsive to students’ training and development needs. Each Director is supported by a small number of Deputy Directors, based in universities across the partnership.
The role of Pathway Director will be taken up by an academic colleague with:
  • enthusiasm for research methods training and a genuine commitment to PGR support and development.
  • relevant experience of the delivery of high-quality PGR training and support.
  • energy, creativity and engagement with cutting-edge debates in their field.
  • a background in interdisciplinary research relevant to their Pathway.
  • experience or understanding of effective cross-institutional working.
  • an understanding of the wider research funding and sectoral landscape.
Each of the above posts is available from 1 April 2024 to allow a short period of handover at the end of the 2023/4 academic year.  Post holders will be responsible for planning and delivering pathway training for the 2024/5 academic year onwards.
The post has an indicative workload of 0.2 FTE. This is to provide post-holders and line managers with a realistic sense of the time that is required to undertake the role. The term is for three years.  Please note that the post is not remunerated, and does not come with ‘buy-out’ funding.  All seven partner institutions, via the WRDTP Management Group, have committed to ensuring the in-kind resources necessary (i.e. colleagues’ time) to enable colleagues to participate in the governance of the WRDTP.
These posts are being advertised across all partner institutions, and we welcome applications from across the partnership.  When making an appointment, attention will be paid to the overall composition of the team to ensure equitable and distributed representation of our partner universities.  A full role description is attached below, along with a list of eligible departments/schools.
To apply for one of these posts, please submit a short CV and an expression of interest (750 words max) indicating why you are the person for this role.  You should also confirm that the 0.2 FTE buyout has been agreed by your Head of Department/School. Please ensure that you have read the pathway description prior to application, and that you indicate in your application the pathway to which you are applying.
The deadline for applications is midday on Wednesday 14 February.  Interviews will be held on Monday 26 February (DCA and WHC pathways) and on Tuesday 27 February (SBE and CDD pathways).

Applications should be sent to If you would like to discuss this role informally, you are welcome to contact Professor Felicity Matthews, White Rose DTP Director,