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The BU Academic Targeted Research Scheme

£41,526–£49,553 per annum with further progression opportunities to £53,174

Bournemouth University’s vision is worldwide recognition as a leading university for inspiring learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society through the fusion of research education, and practice. Our highly skilled and creative workforce comprises of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the globe, who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences that help to build our global learning community.

In recognition of the important contribution that early career academics play in driving research for the future, BU is delighted to continue our scheme to attract and recruit talented individuals to the following targeted research areas:

  • Technology for behavioural change
  • Sustainability, consumption and impact
  • Sport and sustainability.

More about the scheme

Who we’re looking for

We wish to recruit a diverse cohort of individuals with the motivation to become future academic leaders in their field. As an academic at BU, you will develop your career in exciting work environments, be provided with a high level of dedicated time to drive research activity and build capacity, and have the freedom to develop your research interests within the targeted areas. BU is committed to Fusion and as such you will also have the opportunity to contribute to the education and professional practice activities within your Department. We are an institution in a vibrant region and work closely with external partners, conducting research that benefits our region, our country and the world.


To support you in your role and accelerate your career, you will be assigned a dedicated mentor with world-class expertise and significant research management experience. Extensive training opportunities including a bespoke personal development plan and peer support from a cross-disciplinary cohort of academic researchers will be available.

In addition, you will be provided with generous start-up costs and support for mobility to work with external partners, including outside the UK and academia. These opportunities are initially offered for a period of three years.

Please see the scheme guidance in the ‘eligibility’ section for further information on how to apply for this funding.


We are seeking applicants who have the potential to develop into independent academic leaders and deliver high-quality research with impact. You must have significant postdoctoral expertise in one of the targeted research areas, normally a relevant doctorate, a track record of high-quality research, and be aspiring to apply for externally funded fellowships or other major grant awards. Your research interest should align with one of our targeted research areas (see below).

All applicants must read the scheme guidance (pdf 279kb) before applying for one of the positions.

Find out more from our academics

Professor Kevin McGhee, Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Science & Technology and Professor in Health Sciences

Contact Professor McGhee for more information about the following research areas:

  • ‘Technology for behavioural change’
  • ‘Sustainability, consumption and impact’

01202 968189

Professor Michael Silk, Deputy Dean (Research & Professional Practice) in the Faculty of Management

Contact Professor Silk for more information about Sport and sustainability’​

01202 966705

How to apply

A detailed job description and person specification are available on each position's job advertisement page, together with an online job application form and the BU Academic Targeted Research application form for the supporting grant (both must be completed when applying; please read the scheme guidance in the ‘eligibility’ section for more information):