Director of Research

The Institute of Development Studies
Brighton, UK
Full time Staff

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a global research and learning organisation for equitable and sustainable change. 

In partnership with the University of Sussex, IDS has been ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS University Rankings for the last three consecutive years. We believe passionately that cutting-edge research, knowledge and mutual learning are crucial in shaping the transformations needed to reduce inequalities, accelerate sustainability and build more inclusive and secure societies. In line with our engaged excellence approach, we are committed to collaborating closely with local civil society, governments, international NGOs, citizens, donors, researchers and many others to realise this positive change.

The Director of Research is a crucial senior position in the Institute. We are looking for someone who can bring exceptional levels of insight and skill to this important role at an exciting time. The postholder will work with the Institute’s overall Director to lead and manage the research area of the Institute; play a central role in shaping and delivering the Institute’s new 2020-2025 Strategy, and, as a key member of the Strategic Leadership Group (SLG), share in the ongoing decision-making to ensure the Institute’s continued success. 

Candidates should have excellent academic credentials with a PhD in a relevant discipline (or exceptionally, equivalent professional experience), and high intellectual credibility in an interdisciplinary social science setting. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a track record in strategic thinking and agenda-setting around the problems of international development; spotting and responding successfully to research and funding opportunities; facilitating cross-disciplinary research, and collective fundraising. Experience of building and leading effective teams, uniting people with different skills and backgrounds is essential, along with substantial experience of leading at a senior management level.


Closing date: 
19th May 2019