Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship available in political economy at Sheffield

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The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) is seeking to appoint two exceptional Post-Doctoral Research Fellows to help shape, develop and lead SPERI’s research agenda over the next three years. We also have two funded PhD Studentships available. More information about SPERI and both opportunities can be found below in a form designed to make it easy for you to pass on.


The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) aims to bring together leading international researchers in the social sciences, including policy-makers, journalists and opinion formers, to reassess and develop substantive proposals to respond to the political and economic challenges posed by the global financial crisis and its legacy.

At the heart of such challenges is the problem of growth — where it will come from, how it will be sustained and how it might be made both environmentally and institutionally sustainable. These are challenges for the world economy as a whole as they are for the local, regional and national economies which together comprise it.

SPERI’s research themes include:

  • ·         Thinking through the theoretical basis of a sustainable new model of political economy
  • ·         Understanding and resolving the British growth crisis
  • ·         Analysing the changing political architecture of the Eurozone
  • ·         Assessing the emerging role of the BRICs in the new world order
  • ·         Reflecting on the G20's leadership and management of the global political economy

A fuller statement of SPERI’s research focus is available at:

About the Research Fellowships

You will hold a PhD in a relevant area (or have equivalent experience) and maintain research activity of a substantial external reputation. This will be achieved through: generating research income and direction for self and others, conducting high quality research, producing research publications of exceptional quality and impact, supervising research students and research staff, participating actively in the development and implementation of the department and the Faculty’s research strategy.

The posts are full time and fixed-term from 1st August 2012 to 31 December 2014 at Grade 8.

Grade 8: £37,012 - £44,166 per annum with the expectation of annual incremental progression.  Potential to progress to £49,689 through sustained exceptional contribution.

You can find more information about the posts on our website and in the attached document.

How to apply

You can apply for the positions online at

Applicants should include in their application a 3000 word (maximum) post-doctoral research fellowship application, indicating clearly its links to SPERI’s core research focus and at least one of the five research themes, as well as its potential to generate user and/or policy-maker impact.