Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader, Department of Economics

Department of Economics



  • Posted on: 19th Oct 2021
  • Salary: Lecturer - £42,149 - £50,296 per annum, Senior Lecturer/Reader - £53,348 - £60,022 per annum
  • REF: REQ05266
  • Closes: 13th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description


The department is ranked 5th among all UK economics departments for research excellence (REF 2014). The University of Essex is ranked in the top category for teaching excellence (TEF 2017). The Department of Economics provides a vibrant research environment and has a strong collegial culture. It is a growing department, currently comprising more than 50 full-time academics, with distinctive clusters in microeconomics, macroeconomics, applied economics and econometrics. Applied researchers based in the Economics Department have typically strong research collaboration with other economists in the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). The University of Essex is located 60 miles northeast of London. For more information about the department and its programs see www.essex.ac.uk/economics.

The Department is now seeking to make an appointment at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader level. Lecturers are equivalent to tenure track Assistant Professors positions and Senior Lecturers/ Readers are equivalent to tenured Associate Professors. Applications are invited from all fields.

The offer is competitive, and includes a generous relocation allowance, the possibility of paid research leave, and research funds. In addition, the University currently operates a Market Supplement policy.

Duties of the Role

The purpose of these roles is to carry out high quality research in any area of applied or theoretical economics; to teach economics at the undergraduate and postgraduate level and to supervise undergraduate projects and postgraduate research; and to contribute to the effective administration of the Department.

Lecturer – will contribute to excellence in education by designing and delivering substantive and effective teaching and learning support, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; will undertake leadership duties related to research and education appropriate to career stage and enhance the scholarly reputation of the Department and the University.

Senior Lecturer/ Reader – will engage in curriculum development, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and research supervision at both an individual and a strategic level; will provide research leadership and engage in activities that will enhance the research profile of the Department and contribute to the development of the University’s national and international profile through excellent research.

At all levels – Applicants will be expected to engage in individual and/or collaborative research activity that is in keeping with REF criteria, and generate external research income (appropriate in scale to career stage and subject area norms)

A full list of key responsibilities and main duties (Education, Research, and Leadership and Citizenship) can be found within the relevant job pack.

Skills and qualifications required

Lecturer – Applicants should hold a relevant doctoral level research degree in Economics or be close to completion of their doctoral studies. They will have proven experience in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, or demonstrable potential to achieve this, with knowledge of teaching theoretical or applied economics. In addition, evidence of a research agenda, engagement in high-quality research activity and a developing research profile, and evidence of a clear publication plan for submission to future Research Excellence Framework (REF) programmes with the demonstrable potential to carry out research that can be published in journals that are considered 4-star for the next REF cycle is essential.

Senior Lecturer / Reader – Applicants should already hold a relevant doctoral level research degree in Economics. They will have a sustained record of effectiveness in education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, incorporating the organisation, leadership and/or management of specific aspects of teaching and learning provision, with knowledge of teaching theoretical or applied economics. In addition, an established and internationally recognised research profile, with a well-developed future research agenda; evidence of a clear publication plan for submission to future Research Excellence Framework (REF) programmes, with the potential to generate research for journals ranked as 4-star in Economics; and a record of success in generating external research income (appropriate in scale to disciplinary norms and career stage) are all essential.

Applicants at this level are expected to demonstrate management and leadership skills with the ability to motivate and co-ordinate other staff, and mentor junior colleagues.

Please read this section carefully:

  • Please note that you must complete an online application form and submit all five of the documents a)-e) detailed on the cover sheet of the job pack.
  • At the same time and in addition your Job Market paper and three letters from referees must be submitted at https://econjobmarket.org.

You must complete the above steps; otherwise your application will be incomplete and cannot be considered by the Recruitment Committee.

Appointment will be made as Lecturer (R), Senior Lecturer (R) or Reader, on a Teaching and Research (ASER) contract. A potential start date can be discussed during the interviews.

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 packs, which contain a full job description and person specification, which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role at each level 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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