Call for applications: White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership research methods directors

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Deadline for applications: midday, Wednesday 14 February 2024

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership is seeking to recruit a Methods Director to each of the following research methods areas:
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Data Analytics
Each of our three methods areas is led by a Methods Director, who is responsible for organising an annual programme of advanced research methods training in their particular area of responsibility (i.e. advanced qualitative methods, advanced quantitative methods, or advanced data analytics). Each Director is supported by a small number of Deputy Directors, based in universities across the partnership.  Working collaboratively, the Methods Director and their Deputies ensure that the programme of methods training and development offered is innovative, inclusive and engaging; and of relevance to PGRs across the partnership and pathways.
The role of Research Methods 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 research methods relevant to the area of responsibility (i.e. advanced qualitative methods, advanced quantitative methods, or advanced data analytics).
  • a background in relevant interdisciplinary social research.
  • 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 indicate in your application the methods area to which you are applying.
The deadline for applications is midday on Wednesday 14 February 2024.  Interviews will be held on Monday 26 February 2024.

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,