The University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) is a leading institute of public policy research in the UK. We undertake and enable policy-relevant research to make an impact, especially through building links with the worlds of policy and practice as well as by increasing public understanding of policy research through our Public Lecture and Publications series.

We deliver activities for policymakers, researchers and practitioners to enable two-way learning and original contributions to both research and practice, delivered through our Policy Fellowship Programme, Professional Doctorate, Masters in Public Policy, and Visiting Fellows and Visiting Policy Fellows Schemes.

We are currently recruiting a Director of Research (Senior Lecturer). This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding academic to lead the IPR’s programme of research, and be responsible for planning and delivering a research programme across a number of core public policy themes, developing successful research grant applications, managing a small team of IPR research staff, and managing research budgets.

The Director of Research (Senior Lecturer) will also undertake some postgraduate teaching duties, supervise doctoral students and will be expected to contribute to the public and policymaker engagement work of the institute.

Applications from internal candidates to undertake this role as a secondment opportunity are welcome. This role is offered on a fixed-term basis for three years.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Professor Nick Pearce, Director of the Institute for Policy Research, via email at