Assistant Professor in Economics

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
13 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


Edinburgh, GB 

Organization Name         

School of Social Sciences - Economics 

About Heriot-Watt University          

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

For full details on our University please view our Careers at Heriot-Watt http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers-at-heriot-watt.htm

About our Team          

The Economics subject area is located in the Edinburgh Business School, which forms part of the expanded School of Social Sciences. The Edinburgh Business School delivers all of the University’s teaching and research in business and business-related subjects across multiple modes of delivery and across Heriot-Watt University’s multiple campuses. The Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University is also one of the world's largest providers of postgraduate business education, with over 11,000 students in 166 countries undertaking courses and degrees through online, blended and face-to-face means.

Within the Edinburgh Business School, the Economics subject area is a thriving unit of 13 academic staff based mainly in Edinburgh.  We offer a range of undergraduate programmes in Economics as well as range of specialist Masters degrees that represent key strengths in the team. Economics at Heriot-Watt was ranked third in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2018, and third in the UK and first in Scotland for Overall Satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey, reflecting an excellent record of student experience delivery and high graduate employability.

In terms of research, its strengths lie in applied activity in areas related to macroeconomics, finance, labour and energy economics. It hosts two internationally recognised research centres: The Centre for Energy Economics Research and Policy (CEERP) and The Spatial Economics and Econometrics Centre (SEEC). Full details of staff research interests are available at: https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/organisations/accountancy-economics-finance/persons/

Detailed Description          

The School is seeking to appoint an assistant professor (grade 7/8) to contribute to teaching, scholarship and applied research in the Economics subject area. 

Key duties and responsibilities          

The post holder is required to:

  • Design and undertake teaching in a variety of settings, from small group tutorials to large lectures, to support the delivery of Heriot-Watt University’s pedagogic aims. As course coordinator/tutor, the post holder will coordinate with others (such as support staff and academic colleagues) to ensure student needs and expectations are met.
  • Extend, transform and apply knowledge acquired from scholarship to teaching, research and appropriate external activities. This includes a commitment to supporting student study by identifying learning needs of students, defining appropriate learning objectives and ensuring production of content, methods of delivery and learning materials to meet these needs. The post holder will also be involved in planning, authoring and designing (and revising) new course material as part of the School’s teaching programmes, and making proposals as to how best this might be achieved.  They will also take on responsibility for the design and delivery of their own modules and assessment methods. They will be expected to challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in critical discourse and rational thinking.
  • Develop pedagogic initiatives, programmes and proposals for own or joint implementation, and conduct individual and collaborative research and scholarship projects, with a commitment to participate in collaborative outputs. Also welcome is an an interest in building on the pedagogic strengths of the unit, and in expanding its range of degree offerings, as well as interest in outward facing executive education, blended learning and public engagement opportunities.
  • Develop a research and/or scholarship focused portfolio with delivery of outputs commensurate with Heriot-Watt performance expectations at relevant grade.
  • Make presentations at conferences or exhibit work at other appropriate events and participate in peer review as an individual reviewer.
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate Students/Research Associates as appropriate.
  • Develop internal and external networks, for example to identify sources of funding, to increase student recruitment, to market Heriot-Watt University and to generate income.
  • Supervise the work of students, providing advice on study skills and help them with learning problems. They will be expected to select appropriate assessment methods, assess the work and progress of students on this basis and provide constructive feedback to students. They will also provide pastoral support with sensitive issues concerning students, and recognise when further help may be required.
  • Continually update knowledge and understanding in their field or specialism and translate knowledge advances in the subject area into the course of study, as well as into their own research and scholarship activity. They will undertake continuous professional development (CPD) and participate in staff development activities.
  • Participate and lead internal and external committees, for example teaching groups, examination boards, progression boards etc. Also, the post holder will be required to contribute to administration within the School.
  • Collaborate with academic colleagues on course development, curriculum changes and other strategic issues such as student recruitment and marketing.

Please note this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.

Education, qualifications and experience          

The successful candidate should have:

  • A good honours degree and/or Masters in Economics or related subjects, along with a PhD in hand or in process of submission in Economics or cognate areas.
  • Demonstrable record of successful performance in teaching, research and scholarship. Outward facing engagement at level commensurate with assistant professor standing would be an asset.
  • A knowledge of UK Higher Education systems (or similar) would be desirable.
  • Please provide two academic references as part of your written application. Please also provide current salary and any notice period with existing employer.        

How To Apply          

Any queries about the post can be directed to Interim Head of Department, Prof. David Finkelstein (d.finkelstein@hw.ac.uk) in the first instance.

Applications, to include CV and covering letter, can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 18th October 2019 via the Heriot-Watt HR recruitment portal.

At Heriot-Watt University we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment.

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.

Use our total rewards calculator: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.

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Maximum Salary         49553 
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