KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

Professor in Global Health & Social Medicine

Location
London (Greater) (GB)
Posted
16 Jul 2021
End of advertisement period
15 Sep 2021
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Professor in Global Health & Social Medicine

Job ID: 027465

Salary: The salary will be paid at a competitive Professorial grade, starting at £68,619, inclusive of £3,500 per annum London Allowance, depending on skills and experience.

Posted: 12-Jul-2021

Closing date: 15-Sep-2021

Business unit: Social Science & Public Policy

Department: Global Health & Social Medicine

Contact details: Dr. Ann Kelly / Professor Mauricio Avendano Pabon, ann.kelly@kcl.ac.uk / mauricio.avendano_pabon@kcl.ac.uk

Strand Campus   Academic and teaching    


Job description
Global Health & Social Medicine is a unique interdisciplinary department at King’s College London founded in 2012. Its mission is to address the changing landscape of health and medicine from social science perspectives.  
The Department invites applications for a Professor in any area of Global Health & Social Medicine. Candidates should hold a PhD and have an established research profile in a relevant social science field such as sociology, economics, geography, demography, anthropology, public policy, political science, international development, history, social epidemiology or a related relevant discipline or interdisciplinary field. 
 
We seek to appoint a well-established academic with an ambitious forward-looking research agenda in global health and/or social medicine. We would particularly welcome applicants whose research engages with urgent questions of health and social justice, such as environmental justice and health; racial and social inequalities in health; public policy and health governance; sustainable development and global health; life-course and family studies; antiracist, feminist and decolonial global health; economics and demography of health and ageing; and humanitarian biomedicine. We encourage applicants from the full spectrum of empirical methodological expertise, including quantitative social sciences, qualitative methods or mixed methods approaches.  
 
We are seeking applicants with an outstanding track-record of social science research, publications and external funding relative to career stage, and who have the ability to demonstrate a clear leadership trajectory in research and teaching. You will be expected to be well-positioned to lead and collaborate with one or more of the Department’s Research Groups: Bioscience & Society; Culture, Medicine & Power; Mental Health & Society; and Ageing & Society.  You should have a track-record of research, publications, and external funding relative to career stage.  
 
You are expected to have an established international standing as demonstrated by important contributions to your subject area through publications, creative work or other appropriate forms of scholarship or performance. You will have a proven ability to initiate and lead major research projects, and a record of attracting significant research grant income.  You will be expected to build and lead a research group within the Department.  
 
You will be expected to take a significant leadership role within the Department, be part of the management team and contribute to leadership within the School of Global Affairs.  A commitment to collegiality is essential, as is the ability and willingness to engage in constructive dialogue with researchers and practitioners in a variety of contexts, and with policy makers.   
You will be expected to make a major contribution to PhD supervision and teaching on the Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, and to provide leadership in the development of new MSc or Undergraduate programmes. You will have relevant teaching experience and excellent communication skills.  You must have experience in supervising to completion doctoral research students.  
 
Experience or familiarity with the academic environment in the UK is an advantage. You will be responsible to the Head of Department of Global Health & Social Medicine. 
 
At King’s, we are deeply committed to embedding good equality and diversity practice into all of our activities so that the university is an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work and study, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. King’s offers inclusive benefits to staff including flexible working, Enhanced Parental Leave, funds for Parents and Carers and the potential to join community staff networks. 
 
This post will be offered on an indefinite contract

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • To lead, undertake and publish high-quality research, developing a portfolio of individual/joint research projects with high quality outputs in line with the Departmental, School and College research strategies and international research profile
  • To take an active role in securing external major funding for research activities to underpin the long-term growth of the activity, for example from the ESRC or ERC
  • To build and lead a broad research programme or centre and offer significant leadership within one of the Department’s research groups
  • To take a significant leadership role within the Department, be part of the management team and contribute to leadership within the School of Global Affairs.
  • To contribute to the ongoing development and design of Global Health and Social Medicine teaching in the Department and the College
  • To take an active role in the planning, organisation and delivery of teaching activities within the Department in accordance with established practice.
  • To participate fully in assessment and examination processes as appropriate using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their learning, and to assist students with difficulties
  • To undertake the supervision of postgraduate research, at Masters and PhD levels.
  • To promote the aims of the next generation of academics by mentoring early career researchers and junior staff as required.
  • To be PI or Co-I in external grants of continuous stream of funding that bring research posts to the Department
  • To carry out major external roles (e.g., within a professional association on advisory boards, within a research council, etc) 
  • To engage in external academic activities in accordance with the Department, School and Faculty’s research strategy, and which will enhance its national/international research profile 
  • To contribute to performance and development review processes as appropriate in accordance with the College’s strategy.
  • To engage in professional development as appropriate to update skills, and to support teaching excellence.
  • To accept senior academic responsibility within the Department and School of Global Affairs, involving efficient delivery of departmental administrative responsibilities as allocated by the Head of Department or School.
  • To demonstrate impact produced from own research, demonstrated by links with non-academic stakeholders and significant public engagement activity
  • To lead teams and develop productive working relationships with others
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties requested by the Head of Department.

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 and experience

Essential criteria 

  • PhD in a relevant social science (e.g., sociology, economics, demography, geography, anthropology, public policy, political science, international development, history, social epidemiology) or a related relevant discipline or interdisciplinary field
  • Evidence of established international research profile as evidenced by publications and social science scholarship of an international standard, with demonstrable impact on the field.
  • Outstanding expertise in, and social science research on any area relevant for global health and/or social medicine
  • Evidence of successful external grant applications (> £500k generated grant income) from major research funders such as the ESRC, Wellcome Trust, European Commission or equivalent funders
  • Demonstrable ability to design and deliver teaching effectively in global health and social medicine at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level
  • Demonstrable commitment to and/or experience of working in multi-disciplinary research and teaching
  • Evidence of successful supervision through to completion of PhD students in an area relevant to global health and social medicine
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to develop and maintain good working relationships
  • Collegiality and demonstrable ability to work collaboratively as part of a team 

Desirable criteria 

  • Expertise in one of the following fields or related areas: environmental justice and health; racial and social inequalities in health; public policy and health governance; sustainable development and global health; life-course and family studies; antiracist, feminist and decolonial global health; economics and demography of health and ageing; and humanitarian biomedicine.
  • Evidence of engagement with appropriate research communities
  • Proven experience of significant leadership roles at Department, Faculty or University level (e.g., Head of Department, Head of Education/Research, faculty-level roles)
  • Proven experience of impact leadership, demonstrated by links with non-academic stakeholders and significant public engagement activity
  • Portfolio of leadership roles in wider profession (e.g., editorship of journal, leadership within professional association, membership of advisory boards)

Further information
The selection process will include an online presentation to the wider department and a panel interview using Microsoft Teams.