Applications are invited for a research assistant in supply chain management with a particular emphasis on mapping and competence profiling of the plastics recycling supply chain.
The project, funded by the ESRC’s Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) via Durham University and North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), aims to conduct a thorough analysis of the organisations across the plastics recycling supply chain of the North East using research developed by the Business School’s academics.
To do so, the successful candidate, who will be guided by the Durham team and NEPIC, will identify the key companies and how they are connected with each other, e.g. through the products and services they buy from each other.
The resulting supply chain map will then be used to guide an interview process with the member organisations of NEPIC to identify their competences and gaps. This competence analysis will be used by NEPIC and research team to identify the opportunities for supply chain integration and subsequently use for the development of a strategy of cooperation which will strengthen the footprint of the region.
Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by the end of August 2020.
Durham University is one of the world’s top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people’s lives.
The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.
Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare benefits and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.
Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.
The Department is currently composed of circa 75 academic staff in the disciplines of Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour, Marketing, Operations and Technology Management, and International Business. Members of the Department conduct research in all of these areas. In addition, the Department hosts three cross-disciplinary research centres in areas of particular expertise: Innovation and Technology Management, Leadership and Followership, and Organisations and Society.
NEPIC, the North East Process Industry Cluster, is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the needs and interests of the chemical-processing sector in the North East of England. Essentially, they exist to ensure industry in this region thrives – and that there are investments, innovations and a network that creates jobs and opportunities long into the future.
By working closely with member companies, NEPIC forge meaningful business relationships that allow them to identify opportunities, facilitate connections, promote collaboration and best practice sharing, and enable growth. NEPIC also work actively beyond their traditional stakeholder base, engaging with universities, research institutes and public bodies to leverage additional value for the sector.
The Cluster covers a broad sweep of chemistry focussed industries including petrochemicals, polymers & materials, fine & speciality chemicals, minerals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and renewables – and with its members and industry leads, work to build upon the already powerful industrial base located here to make this region one of the most competitive and successful chemical-processing locations in Europe.
Teesside’s chemical and process sector is worth an estimated £800 million (GVA) to the UK economy. It is the largest single cluster of process, chemicals and energy companies anywhere in the UK, and the second largest in the whole of Europe. Together they employ 7,500 people locally and many more through the local supply chain. It is estimated that 32,000 jobs within Teesside’s downstream chemical-using industries – including healthcare, electronics, automotive and textiles – rely on the continued success of the sector.
For informal enquiries please contact Professor Christos Tsinopoulos email@example.com All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.
We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/. As part of the application process, you should provide details of 3 (preferably academic/research) referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference.
Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.
All applicants are asked to submit:
A CV and covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above.
The assessment for the post will include a brief presentation and panel interview. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and assessment, currently anticipated to take place in early August 2020.
A good first degree in Business or Chemical Engineering, or Chemistry of Materials Science.
A masters in Supply Chain Management or related subject.
Ability to contribute to the planning and management of independent research.