The pathways to knowledge (P2K) fellows will challenge the foundations of knowledge in specific fields and seek to determine whether biases (religion, culture, politics, customs and beliefs, normativity, researcher competition, and non-human methodologies – such as AI) have negatively affected the generation of evidence-based knowledge.

P2K fellows will choose specific questions and “challenge the state of the art” by determining whether missed opportunities have prevented the acquisition of knowledge and will seek to recalibrate the target field towards a more balanced and evidence-based approach to knowledge development, employing the best interdisciplinary research approaches. P2K fellows will also seek to answer the question whether biases—due for example to gender, national origin, language, and race—have led to wrong attribution of key transformational advances and will help to more accurately attribute discoveries to practitioners and practices.

We are not prescriptive of topics of research but interested in getting the best minds to the University of Warwick Institute of Advanced Study to advance human knowledge.

We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.  

About You 1 

P2K fellows will use the fellowship to undertake a significant piece of innovative, interdisciplinary research and to produce high quality publications. 

Fellowships are for one year and will be based at the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Warwick. The Fellowships are open to any researcher who has a PhD and more than five years postdoctoral experience from senior research fellows to full professors as we wish to support the development of exciting new thinking rather than focus on specific career stages.

For further information regarding the skills required for this role please see the personal specification section of the attached job description.

About the Department

The Institute of Advanced Study is dedicated to the development of new interdisciplinary research ideas.  To do this we bring people together from all disciplines and career stages to interact and explore new areas of scholarship free from any constraining strategy or disciplinary norms.

P2K fellows will join a vibrant community of scholars, from Warwick and around the world, and will be able to participate fully in the academic life of the institute. 

For further information about the Institute of Advanced Study, please visit our website.

About the University

Born in the 60s with a mindset of boldness, imagination and collaboration, the University of Warwick is a world-leading research-intensive university with the highest academic and research standards. We’re one of the world’s top universities, ranked 67th in the world and 10th in the UK*, with 92% of our research assessed to be ‘world leading or internationally excellent’**. 

You'll be joining a diverse, innovative and globally connected community committed to igniting real world progress. Here at Warwick, we offer you opportunities to follow your ambitions as long as you bring the energy and determination to succeed.

*QS World University Rankings 2024

** Research Excellence Framework 2021

To find out more about us visit our website.

How to Apply

For informal enquiries, please contact Fiona Fisher via email: ias@warwick.ac.uk.

Applications should be made through the advertised position on the University of Warwick jobs Portal. All applications must include a completed P2K Application Form which will include full details of the proposed research project.  The form, together with full information of the P2K fellowships including the expectations of fellows and how to apply are available on the P2K website (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/ias/p2k/).   

To apply please complete your essential personal details and attach a CV and cover letter with your PATHWAYS TO KNOWLEDGE FELLOWSHIPS application form by the closing date of 29 February 2024. Please ensure your CV includes your most recent employment experience along with any additional relevant experience and education history. Your cover letter should detail how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for this post.   

The interviews will be held on a date to be confirmed. 

What we Offer

We will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus Christmas closure, excellent learning and development opportunities, and savings on a wide range of products and services. We offer a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. 

We recognise the importance of a healthy work/life balance and offer you access to flexible working, for more information click here

We are proud to say that we are a Living Wage employer.

Our Commitment to Inclusion

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive working and learning environment.  We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued.  Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social, and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding. 

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here

The University currently holds a Race Equality Charter Bronze Award, Athena Swan Sliver Award and a Disability Smart Bronze Award. The University of Warwick is also one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University Alliance

Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS)

The University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against anyone who makes a Disclosure relating to a conviction or other information revealed.  More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Job Description

IAS Pathways to Knowledge Fellow (108142-1223).pdf – 179KB 

Right to Work in the UK   

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/or are seeking sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa in the UK Points-based Immigration System please follow the link which contains further information about obtaining the right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker Visa.

Application date
1 year
Social sciences