Postdoctoral position at University of Surrey, UK: Open Research at the University of Surrey: designing, promoting, evaluating and publicising university open research initiatives

Open Research at the University of Surrey: designing, promoting, evaluating and publicising university open research initiatives.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1A)

Start date: 1st March 2021

End date: 31st July 2022
Primary work place: School of Psychology, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Line manager & Principal Investigator: Prof. Emily Farran

The Project and the Role

Open Research refers to research which is practiced in a way that is suitably transparent for others to contribute and collaborate, and that enables research to be reproduced. This engenders research improvement. You will be part of a strong team of experts on Open Research (Academic Lead in Research Culture and Integrity and the library’s Open Research team). You will also be a key member of the Open Research Working Group whose aim is to advance open research practice across the University, with the goal of making the processes and products of research at the University of Surrey as transparent, accessible and reproducible as possible. Working closely with the Academic Lead in Research Culture and Integrity and the Open Research team, you will contribute to: promoting the socialisation of open research at Surrey; evaluating the embedding of open research practices at Surrey; engaging with stakeholders; and publicising our open research success. You will also contribute to report writing, presentations, publications (first author publications/ reports from metadata of our open research initiatives are envisaged), funding proposals and dissemination to non-academic audiences.

You will have a PhD or equivalent qualification (or will be close to finishing your PhD), have experience in open research practices, writing for publication, as well as experience of statistical analysis using statistical packages such as R or SPSS.

The University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is located on a beautiful, leafy campus in Guildford, just 30 miles from London and benefitting from excellent rail and road connections. We are an ambitious, research-led organization, committed to research excellence and to the application of our research for the benefit of society. The University of Surrey is amongst the highest achieving universities in the United Kingdom.

The University was among the first in the UK to adopt a formal open access policy in 2005. Since then, the University has been broadening the scope of openness through the governance and services of its Open Research team, which includes strategic steering of the Open Research agenda and support of Open Research in several areas, including open access, research data services, copyright, and bibliometrics.

As part of our commitment to a strong and healthy research and innovation culture, Emily Farran was appointed to the newly created role, Academic Lead in Research Culture and Integrity, in November 2019. Aligned with this, Surrey was one of the first Universities to join the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN) in December 2019. As part of this national approach to creating a research environment in which research quality is incentivised, the University recently launched its Open Research Position Statement, which publicly supports the values of openness, transparency and reproducibility in research. This statement will help to raise awareness of the benefits of open research, and provides a framework for existing and future activities at the University.

In addition to your salary, you will receive pension contributions via the Universities Superannuation Scheme, a generous annual leave entitlement, an attractive research environment, and access to a variety of staff development opportunities. Our benefits package also includes an exclusive discounted membership package to the Surrey Sports Park and an on-site Nursery.

You are welcome to contact Prof. Emily Farran (, Dr. Christine Daoutis ( or Monserrat Rodriquez-Marquez ( if you would like further information or to discuss the post.

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