Find details of current ESRC vacancies, including jobs, research appointments and council appointments.

Jobs at ESRC

You can find details of any current ESRC jobs on the Research Councils' recruitment website

Chair of the Understanding Society Governing Board

The ESRC is seeking to appoint an independent Chair for the Understanding Society Governing Board. It is a senior, part-time appointment (involving up to 15 days work per annum) and will be remunerated accordingly. The initial term of appointment will commence in September 2015 until August 2018, with the possibility for reappointment for up to a further three years. The closing date is 16.00 on 13 March 2015.

Council appointments

ESRC Council appointments are organised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). You can find details on the Public Appointments website.

Research appointments

Research posts for ESRC centres, programmes and other projects are normally advertised by the institutions that hold the grants.

Posts are also often advertised in the Times Higher Education supplement and the Guardian, and on

We can advertise posts that last for at least one year. If you wish to advertise a post please email

Programme directors

We support large-scale interdisciplinary research programmes that are each made up of 20-25 individual projects. These are based at a number of UK Higher Education Institutions. Programme directors provide overall management, intellectual leadership and academic coherence to these distributed projects. Programme directors are normally appointed on a part-time basis based at an eligible research organisation.

The posts are normally advertised in the Times Higher Education supplement and in the Guardian.