Lecturer in Political Theory, Department of Government

Department of Government

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  • Posted on: 09th Dec 2021
  • Salary: £42,149 - £50,296 per annum
  • REF: REQ05457
  • Closes: 04th February 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

The Department of Government at Essex are world leaders in political science, consistently ranked top in the UK for research excellence (REF2014), top 10 in the world for political science and international relations according to the Centre for World University Rankings (2021), and a top 30 departments globally according to the Shanghai Rankings (2021). We are a growing department, currently comprising more than 55 full-time academics, with particular strengths in International Relations and Conflict, Political Behaviour, Political Economy, Political Institutions, and Political Theory and Discourse.

In line with our expansion plans, we now wish to recruit a Lecturer in Political Theory. We are particularly interested in hiring a Lecturer in Political Theory within one of the following subfields (i) ideology and discourse analysis, (ii) democratic theory, and/or (iii) normative political theory, to complement the existing research strengths of our department.

The Department of Government has achieved a Scientific Women’s Academic Network (Athena SWAN) Bronze award in 2020. We particularly welcome applications from those who identify as female or non-binary as they are under-represented in the Department.

Duties of the Role

The appointee will carry out world-leading research in the area of political theory, contribute to our commitment to provide a transformational education at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervise undergraduate projects and postgraduate research, and contribute to the effective administration of the Department.

A full list of duties and responsibilities can be found within the job pack.

Qualifications and Skills required

The successful candidate will hold a relevant doctoral-level research degree in political science or be close to completion of PhD. They will have evidence of engagement in high-quality research activity and a developing research profile, an exciting research agenda, with a demonstrated ability to carry out research that is world-leading. In addition, they will have proven experience in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, or demonstrable potential to achieve this.

Appointment to this post will be made on an ASER (teaching and research) contract. It is anticipated that this contract will commence August 2022.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

To support this commitment we have our Global Forum, a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based Faith Centre, which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives. For more information see: https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/student-facilities/religion-and-faith

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification, which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please email the Resourcing Team (resourcing@essex.ac.uk).

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