The University of Manchester Presidential Fellowships – Ageing named as a key theme

7 February 2018

If you are an early career academic who possesses high academic standing, a growing reputation in research, and specialist knowledge needed to develop exemplary research programmes and methodologies then this is a great opportunity to join UoM and gain all of the support and facilities and international connections we can provide.

Five specific areas have been identified as cross Faculty overarching themes within which the University is particularly keen to receive applications. One of these is Ageing populations.

The ageing of the population raises crucial economic, social and health-care challenges. Improvements to health, autonomy and well-being in later life might come from advances in biological and medical science; development of new technologies and materials; reorganisation of health and social care; organisational changes and changes in the ways we organise societies and improved physical and social environments.

Research into this wide array of issues is especially important in the context of a population that faces substantial inequalities across the life course, such as that in the Greater Manchester area, where high proportions of the population need health and social care, and there are wide disparities in participation in economic, social and civic life.

Particular areas of strength in ageing research at UoM include:

Social ageing – Research into longitudinal, life-course perspectives; ageing and inequalities; global ageing; environments of ageing including urban infrastructures; work, pensions and retirement; financial gerontology; job redesign and organisational change; and ageing and everyday life.

Ageing and health – Research into public health and falls; care services and care; technology and ageing; those with chronic disease such as arthritis, stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers and dementias; and those ageing with disabilities such as deafness and blindness, mobility problems, and problems with the activities of daily living.

Biological ageing – research into the biological mechanisms behind how we age, why we age, and why age-related chronic illnesses develop. This research brings potential for the development of treatments and interventions that improve well-being in later life.

The opportunity to become a Postdoctoral fellow is open until Tuesday, 3 April 2018, the closing date for applications.

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