Lecturer in Security and Crime Science

Security and Crime Science

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 18th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £44,737 - £52,764 per annum
  • REF: 1874680
  • Closes: 18th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Security and Crime Science (the DSCS) forms part of the UCL Jill Dando Institute (the JDI) and is the first university department in the world devoted to Crime Science. Research is concentrated on finding ways to cut crime, drawing upon a variety of disciplines across the social, physical and life sciences. The JDI houses research centres that act as a focal point for various research activities. These include the Dawes Centre for Future Crime, the Centre for the Forensic Sciences, the Institute of Global Cities Policing, the Latin America and Caribbean Unit and the JDI Research Laboratory. The Departments current teaching programme comprises Bachelors degrees in Security and Crime Science (started 2016) and Professional Policing (starting 2021); Masters degrees in Crime Science, Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism, Crime and Forensic Science, and Policing; and a suite of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for police, crime and intelligence analysts, and other relevant professionals.

The department is seeking to appoint 3 Lecturers in Security and Crime Science. The appointees will be expected to undertake high quality research within their own specialist fields that contributes to the broad crime science agenda of using scientific knowledge and methods to develop practical and ethical ways to reduce or detect crime (including terrorism). Appointees will teach on one or more of our undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.

Key Requirements

Candidates must have a PhD (or near completion) in a relevant discipline with teaching experience at a university level in areas relevant to the teaching agenda of the Department, and have a proven track record of high-quality publications in areas relevant to the departments research agenda. Research and teaching areas we are particularly interested in covering include data science, digital forensics, fraud/financial crime, policing and crime prevention; but we encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, who can contribute to the crime science agenda as outlined above. In line with our interdisciplinary ethos, applicants may come from any relevant social, physical or life science discipline (e.g., computer science, criminology, data science, economics, engineering, forensic science, geography, mathematics, political science, psychology, and sociology).

One of the three posts will be closely associated with the JDI-based Dawes Centre for Future Crime. The aim of the Dawes Centre is to anticipate how technological, social or other changes might create new opportunities for offending, and to propose methods for addressing these problems before they become established. The Dawes post will specifically contribute to building our capacity in the application of data science as it relates to crime and insecurity. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Data Science or a cognate discipline. A background in crime and security is not essential for this post, as long as there is the interest, commitment and potential to move into this field and contribute to finding practical and ethical ways to reduce crime.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

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Enquiries regarding these roles may be sent to Farzana Ali, Finance and Staffing Officer at farzana.ali@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

18 Mar 2021

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