Associate Professor at Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies University of Warwick, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies United Kingdom

Associate Professor 

Vacancy Type/Job category Academic

Department Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Salary £50,132 - £58,089 per annum

Location University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview Permanent Position


We are seeking to fill the post of Associate Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) with an established academic, able to demonstrate a record of outstanding internationally recognised leadership in research with a strong track record in the design and delivery of teaching. The mission of the Centre is to investigate how methods and methodical practices drive interdisciplinary research, and how interdisciplinary research drives methodological innovation. Our understanding of methodology is broad: you will join a group who engage with combinations of scientific and analytic methods, design studies and practice, and critical, speculative and historical approaches.


We are particularly interested in candidates with who can advance interdisciplinary research through a critical focus on methods and methodologies. Applicants with expertise in critical or new approaches to data analysis, the use or development of analytical tools or the design and understanding visual representations of data and information are especially welcome. Examples of potential areas within this broad scope might include:

1. Data Visualisation, Visual Analytics, Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
2. Spatial Data Analysis, Critical GIS, Geo-Informatics, Quantitative Geography, Digital Cartography, Geo-Visualisation
3. Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence
4. Other quantitative or computational research approaches in Complexity, Environmental and Life Sciences, and any other fields from across the whole range of disciplines that are aligned with and/or sensitive to design, or social and cultural issues.


Whatever your field, you will have a detailed knowledge of the methodological strengths, weaknesses and innovative potential of research, and will work creatively and collaboratively to generate methods and methodologies suited to the most pressing research challenges at the interface of science and society. We are keen to attract applicants whose innovative research is driven by a critical understanding of techniques, tools and/or software, or that is otherwise philosophically and theoretically reflexive. For instance, we welcome applicants who have developed bespoke methods to address new challenges in pure and applied research, or developed methods or concepts in response to methodological critiques. Applicants will identify with more than one disciplinary tradition and understand the value of moving disciplines, working across disciplines and interdisciplinary research.


CIM currently offers three Masters courses: MSc in Urban Analytics and Visualisation, MSc in Big Data and Digital Futures and MA in Digital Media and Culture. Our modules recruit students from across the university and we collaborate with a wide range of departments. The successful applicant will develop postgraduate teaching in areas that are especially fertile ground for existing and new interdisciplinary programmes such as data analytics, modelling, mapping, design, participatory research, and visualisation. As an established researcher, you will be able to contribute to and broaden our portfolio of research student supervision. CIM offers a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, and partners in PhD programmes in Urban Science and in Media and Communication.


For further information about the post, please contact Dr Noortje Marres, Centre Director:


Job Description


To undertake research, teaching, administrative and other activities supporting the work of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies.





1. To pursue individual and collaborative research of the highest quality and to make a full contribution to the REF.

2. To apply for, in collaboration with colleagues as appropriate, external funding through research grants or contracts to support a developing research agenda.

3. To manage research projects within the University.

4. To publish research outcomes with leading academic presses and in appropriate journals of international standing, and to publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other outlets.

5. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the Centre.

6. To have experience of and skills in public engagement.

7. To contribute fully to the Centre and University research plans, including providing such information as may be required by the Centre to monitor the progress of each member of staff’s research programme and to support the Centre fully in the preparation of material required for the REF or similar activities.

8. To make a full contribution to the research programmes of the Centre and the University.



1. To give lectures, seminars, tutorials and other classes as appropriate in support of the required teaching obligations and to supervise work by undergraduate and postgraduate students, as appropriate.

2. To co-operate with colleagues in the continuous review and development of the curriculum and in the design and launch of new degrees or other academic awards where appropriate.

3. To design and be responsible for the contents of specific areas of teaching and learning within the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

4. To maintain a broad knowledge of up-to-date research and scholarship in relevant fields to ensure that teaching meets the standards expected within a research-led University.

5. To undertake academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching.

6. To support and comply with the University and Centre teaching quality assurance standards and procedures including the provision of such information as may be required by the Centre or the University.


Administration and Other Activities

1. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Director of the Centre.

2. To attend Centre meetings and to participate in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.

3. To engage in continuous professional development.

4. To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required to be flexible in your duties.


Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.


Essential Criteria 1

PhD or equivalent in a relevant field. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Ability to connect to colleagues beyond your own area of expertise (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 3

Experience of working in a multi- or inter-disciplinary team (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 4

Excellence in published work in relevant fields. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 5

Proven experience in Higher Education. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 6

Ability to initiate, develop and deliver high quality research and to publish in peer reviewed journals. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 7

Evidence of quality research output. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 8

Ability to generate external funding and lead research projects. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 9

Ability to teach postgraduate students in lectures, seminars and tutorials. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 10

Ability to initiate development in the curriculum and to take responsibility for the effective and efficient delivery of teaching programmes. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 11

Effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 12

Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research and teaching programmes. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 13

Excellent interpersonal skills. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 14

Competence in IT and familiarity with a computerised environment. (a) (c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.


About the Centre

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) conducts world-class research by pioneering, testing and promoting interdisciplinary methods. Our research addresses the most pressing issues at the interface of science and society. We have a distinctive approach to interdisciplinarity in that we work across disciplines including those that do not normally speak to each other by focusing on methods. We have developed postgraduate courses and master classes to provide advanced training in interdisciplinary methodology. We collaborate with a wide range of academic and non-academic partners.


We have strong connections across the University of Warwick and with centres of excellence such as the Alan Turing Institute (, where three of our staff are Turing Fellows. CIM has taken a lead in Warwick strategic investments such as the Warwick Q-Step-Centre, Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities (WISC), and the CUSP London partnership with Kings College London (Centre for Urban Science and Progress).


CIM staff each bring a new perspective to interdisciplinarity and methodology through topics such as modelling and mapping, science and technology studies, software and digital media, visualization and design, evidence and decision making, science and measurement. We aim to foster novel connections across our areas of expertise and anticipate that this appointment will extend our dialogue on interdisciplinarity in both research and teaching.


Our staff have secured funding from diverse sources from such as EPSRC, AHRC, NERC, ESRC, Leverhulme, Wellcome, Turing and Intel, as well as Warwick based funding schemes including IATL (Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning), IAS (Institute of Advanced Study), Impact funding and Research Development Funding. Amongst our research partnerships are ongoing collaborations with the Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam, Food Standards Agency, Environment Agency, Institute for Network Culture, IBM, Intel Labs, Media of Co-operation Research Centre, University of Siegen, Rectangle Design and the Public Data Lab.


As a cross-faculty research centre CIM is composed of a diverse team with backgrounds spanning the arts and humanities, social sciences and geography, design and computer science, and the information, environmental and natural sciences. Members of CIM will be submitted in the REF Units of Assessment most appropriate for their career profile and development.

We are a committed equal opportunities employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates.


Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy


As an organisation using the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the CRB Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the CRB Code of Practice.


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Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.


Other InformationThe University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Closing Date18 Feb 2019

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