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Professor and Director/Principal Investigator of CLOSER

UCL reference: 1884426 
UCL Department:
UCL Social Research Institute
Unit: UOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society
Location: London
Grade: Professorial
Hours: Full time
Salary: Competitive

Deadline for applications: 23:59 on 15 June 2022
Interview date: TBC

A full job description and person specification can be found on the UCL job listing

Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion, or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. We are among the world’s top universities, as reflected by performance in a range of international rankings and tables.

The IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in social science and education, ranked number one for education worldwide in the 2020 QS World University Rankings for the eighth year running.

Within the IOE, the Social Research Institute is one of the largest centres of multi-disciplinary, social science research and teaching in London. It is home to more than 180 academic, research, teaching, technical and professional service staff, and seven internationally renowned research units and data infrastructures.

We are now seeking an exceptional candidate for the position of Professor and Director/Principal Investigator of CLOSER.

CLOSER, the home of longitudinal research, is the interdisciplinary partnership of leading social and biomedical longitudinal population studies, the UK Data Service and The British Library. Our mission is to increase the visibility, use and impact of longitudinal population studies, data and research to ensure that longitudinal evidence is used to address the health, social, economic and environmental challenges facing the UK, now and in the future.

CLOSER is an ESRC Data Infrastructure investment, funded from the ESRC’s World Class Labs capital allocation. The ESRC’s refreshed Data Infrastructure Strategy will be published in late spring 2022 which sets out the ESRC vision and objectives for its funding of data infrastructure over the next five years and beyond. The objectives for CLOSER for the next funding period are aligned with the Strategy, and CLOSER will contribute to progress in delivering the Strategy objectives. The ESRC’s Delivery Plan, in which the Data Infrastructure Strategy is nested, will be published later in 2022.

CLOSER has recently received a two-and-a-half year extension through to 30 September 2024. During this period CLOSER will: ensure that our flagship resource, CLOSER Discovery, the UKs most detailed search engine for longitudinal data, remains at the forefront in its field; create a new central LPS Policy Unit and online Policy Hub allowing us to generate even greater impact and embed learning across LPS; provide novel go-to resources to build much-needed capacity in LPS researchers and the specialist staff required to manage LPS; create highly valued opportunities for the inter-disciplinary LPS community to share knowledge in a supportive environment; and ensure a meaningful legacy for our data harmonisation and linkage work through knowledge dissemination, training and collaboration with other infrastructures.

It is anticipated that in late 2022 the CLOSER Director will be in a position to secure further funding for CLOSER through UKRI’s Population Research UK (PRUK) and other initiatives in the landscape.

In this critical leadership role for CLOSER, you will lead the direction of CLOSER and manage the team responsible for its delivery. The post provides an opportunity for you to shape CLOSER’s work in providing infrastructure, vital resources and leadership for interdisciplinary longitudinal research, while also pursuing your own research.

You will be a senior member of the UCL Social Research Institute (UCL SRI) and will contribute to its intellectual life, act as a senior representative for CLOSER to Government departments and Parliament, and lead on engaging with potential users of LPS data and research, especially those outside the research community, to ensure that the outputs and outcomes produced further the programme’s objectives.

You will actively engage in UKRI and ESRC Strategies and Delivery Plans, in addition to any other key policy statements and contribute to the development of policies and strategies relating to the evolving longitudinal population studies landscape including the ESRC Future Data Services programme and Population Research UK (PRUK).

Key requirements

With proven leadership experience indicating suitability for leading a multi-disciplinary programme based in more than one institution, you will have an excellent record of success in securing external research funding from a range of sources, e.g. from Research Councils and Government departments and experience in liaising with policy makers in Government departments, parliamentarians and Research Councils, and experience of leading and fostering effective collaboration across complex organisations.

Further information and how to apply

To apply for the vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the UCL job listing.

For an informal discussion or further details please contact Jon Tebbett:

CLOSER Research Fellow

UCL Department: UCL Social Research Institute
Unit: UOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society
Location: London
Grade: 7
Hours: Full time (job share considered)
Salary (inclusive of London allowance: £36,770 to £44,388 per annum

Deadline for applications: 23:59 on 25 May 2022
Interview date: TBC

A full job description and person specification can be found on the UCL job listing

Launched in October 2012, CLOSER, the home of longitudinal research, brings together world-leading longitudinal studies with participants born throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Our work maximises the use, value, and impact of longitudinal studies to help improve our understanding of key social and biomedical challenges.

We are now seeking a Research Fellow to join the team and contribute to the work of CLOSER to enhance the visibility, use and impact of longitudinal population studies (LPS), data and research, with a focus on cross-study methodology and training and capacity building.

In this exciting role you will be responsible for ensuring the legacy of CLOSER’s harmonisation resources and learning, the development of training resources, and the promotion of these resources to the research community.

You will further develop CLOSER’s training and capacity building offer in data harmonisation, including developing and delivering workshops and producing guidance for data users.

You will also ensure the continued relevance of CLOSER’s existing data harmonisation resources through the updating of content and continued engagement with, and promotion to, the research community.

This post is available until September 2024 in the first instance.

Key requirements

You will have a PhD in a quantitative biomedical or social science discipline, (such as statistics, epidemiology, behavioural sciences, psychology, demography, economics, education,  geography, political science, psychology, public health sciences, social policy, sociology, survey methodology) or equivalent experience, together with a strong record of publication of research demonstrated by, for example, journal papers, working papers and/or book chapters.

You will also have excellent presentational skills, including demonstrable ability to tailor content and style to different audiences, including those outside of academia.

Further information and how to apply

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the UCL job listing.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact Jon Tebbett:


Current vacancies within the CLOSER consortium


Unfortunately, there are no current vacancies in the CLOSER consortium.