Professor of Political Science

Department of Political Economy

London, Strand Campus


  • Posted on: 28th Jan 2021
  • Salary: £68,619 - £102,850 per annum, inclusive of £3,500 London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 014628
  • Closes: 05th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job Description

The Department of Political Economy at King’s College London is seeking to appoint a Professor of Political Science with an exceptional publication record as well as a commitment to intellectual leadership and teaching. We welcome applications from scholars working in all areas of political science.

The department is informed by an inclusive interdisciplinary vision and welcomes applications from candidates who share that vision. The Department values diversity and inclusion and a work-life balance.

The Department of Political Economy is a unique interdisciplinary enterprise located in the heart of London with proximity to both the world of politics and the city. Founded in 2010, the department is the only dedicated Department of Political Economy in the United Kingdom. The teaching and research recognises that the disciplines of Politics and Economics are inextricably linked; it is not possible to properly understand political processes without exploring the economic context in which politics operates. Similarly, sound economic analysis requires an awareness of how resource allocation is conditioned by political institutions, historical context and ethical values, and the way these have been understood by different traditions in social thought. In a world characterised by financial uncertainty, ecological insecurity and value conflict, the links between political and economic processes are ever more apparent and the need for a multifaceted appreciation of how they operate, has never been greater.

You will be responsible to the Head of Department. More information about the Department, School and Faculty can be found on the King’s website: Department of Political Economy: Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy:

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Key Responsibilities

• Provide exceptional performance in terms of research, teaching and leadership in the Department, enhancing and extending the reputation of the Department as world-leading.

• Conduct excellent research combined with an ability to span disciplinary boundaries to reflect and facilitate impact and knowledge exchange, with an ability to identify new areas for research and exploration.

• Provide excellent research-led teaching and supervision at all levels, including programme development and pedagogic innovation.

• Be a strategic and innovative leader, providing excellent leadership and administrative skills for the Department.

• Communicate clearly and persuasively with students, colleagues, and a broad range of external organisations at local, national and international levels.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, Knowledge, & Experience

Essential criteria

• PhD in a relevant subject;

• Teaching qualification in higher education and/or significant equivalent teaching experience in higher education;

• Ability and willingness to lead, inspire and motivate staff;

• Ability to conduct world-leading research in political sciences, with track record of producing world-leading research and publications;

• Evidence of successful grant capture from high quality funders;

• High-quality teaching skills: ability to communicate difficult concepts and material to students of all levels; inspiring and enabling students to develop their individual intellectual and personal potential;

• Experience of supervising postgraduate research;

• Track record of developing and leading undergraduate and masters’ modules and/or programmes, with the ability to be innovative in teaching and in curriculum design;

• Excellent academic administrative skills with the ability and willingness to support and lead the organisational aspects of teaching, learning and research: including organisational, time, project, people and budget management skills

• A record of engagement, knowledge exchange, and impact beyond higher education

Desirable criteria

• Knowledge of technologically enhanced, blended or distance learning.

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