Associate Professor in Leadership/Organisational Behaviour

Durham, United Kingdom
£53,348 - £60,022 per annum
13 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
07 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Business

Grade 9: - £53,348 - £60,022 per annum
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 07-Feb-2022, 7:59:00 AM

Vacancy reference: MGMT22-3
Department: Management & Marketing
Responsible to: Head of Department
Grade: Grade 9
Salary Range: £53,348 - £60,022 per annum
Working arrangements: The role is full time, but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares 
Preferred start date: Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1st of September 2022

Durham University

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other.

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

As part of Durham University, you’ll be working with exceptional minds, all with the desire to ask, and answer, the big questions. Access to leading edge facilities and an active contributor to the global research and university community means you’ll be part of an international and diverse network of partners spanning the world’s best research institutions, organisations and businesses. And all this within the evocative and historic surroundings of the city, county and community that is Durham.

We find it easy to be proud of the extraordinary people we have at Durham. We offer the inspiration; they achieve the outstanding. We invite you to join them.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University. We are committed to equality: if for any reason you have taken a career break or periods of leave that may have impacted on the volume and recency of research outputs, such as maternity, adoption or parental leave, you may wish to disclose this in your application. The selection committee will recognise that this may have reduced the quantity of your research accordingly.

Durham University’s Athena Swan institutional award recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting and supporting the development of women. We have also signed up to the Race Equality Charter, a national framework for improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

Durham University Business School

Dynamic and vibrant, Durham University Business School is one of Durham University’s four Faculties and is comprised of three research-intensive departments: Accounting, Economics and Finance, and Management and Marketing. Known for its global reputation, its impact on policy and practice and its strong focus on ethics, responsibility and sustainability, the School aims to be a leading European business school with a strong global presence by 2027, The School currently has 180 academic and teaching staff, with plans and resource commitments to grow to 230 by 2027. In addition, 11 funded research centres (https://www.dur.ac.uk/business/research/research-centres/) blend leading theoretical perspectives with a strong emphasis on impact and engagement with practice, noted in www.durham.ac.uk/business. The school’s student population is around 4000, across undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes.

Our vision is to lead business thought and practice to improve global wealth and well-being. Our associated mission is to create, share and use knowledge to deliver equitable and sustainable futures around the world. We pursue this mission by advancing world changing knowledge and securing global impact through increasingly collaborative research across disciplines and around the world.

The Department of Management & Marketing

The Department of Management and Marketing at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Professor of Leadership/Organisational Behaviour.

The post holder will have the option to work as part of the International Centre for Leadership and Followership (https://www.dur.ac.uk/business/research/management/leadership-and-followership/), an international team of researchers who pursue the goal to advance and push the boundaries of current leadership research, particularly focusing on issues of leadership identity and measurement.

We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of leadership, including but not limited to the following areas:

  • Leadership identity and identification;   
  • Leadership measurement;   
  • Authentic leadership;   
  • Leader-member exchanges (LMX);   
  • Leadership and creativity;   
  • Leader narcissism and the dark triad;   
  • Trust in leadership; and   
  • Self-regulatory theories applied to leadership.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution.

For further information on research activities in the Department, the Business School and its research centres please visit: https://www.dur.ac.uk/business/

Associate Professors at Durham

The University is committed to enabling all of our colleagues to achieve their full potential. We promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment to ensure that all colleagues can thrive. Academic colleagues are supported to publish internationally excellent research in high impact journals in their area of interest with a focus on quality rather than quantity. We will fully support your research needs including practical help such as resources to attend conferences and to fund research activity, as well as a generous research leave policy and a designated mentor. Sitting alongside world class research; teaching quality and innovation is critical to ensure a first-class learning environment and curricula for all of our students. You will be supported to develop your existing teaching expertise and to engage in teaching innovation to embed our student experience.

All of our Associate Professors are encouraged to focus on research and teaching quality, and innovation. We of course value research income, which is a necessary input to drive research outputs and impact.

Engagement in wider citizenship is expected as your career develops, to support your department and wider discipline, and to contribute to the wider student experience.

We are confident that our recruitment process allows us to attract and select the best international talent to Durham. We therefore offer a reduced probation period of 1 year for our Associate Professors and thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance, you will be confirmed in post.

Associate Professor in Leadership

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Leadership and/or Organisational Behaviour with the ability to take a leading role in the development of the Department’s research and teaching, and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. We are extremely interested in hiring colleagues whose work will have impact on wider society and who will be open to engaging in research grant capture proposal development. The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Key responsibilities:

  • Pursue research that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour, commensurate with the Department’s continuing emphasis on international excellence;  
  • To make a significant contribution to the development of successful research project/ fellowship proposals in pursuit of suitable national and international funding opportunities to support research and end-user engagement. 
  • Deliver excellent teaching offering lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels.  Contribute significantly to the development and delivery of high-quality teaching, including the design of excellent learning environments and curricula. 
  • Contribute to enhancing the quality of the research environment in the Department, the wider University and beyond.  Contribute to establishing and leading research groups within and beyond the University, and engaging in the mentoring of early career researchers; 
  • To attract and provide excellent supervision to research students, and to enhance the Department’s commitment to its vibrant and international postgraduate culture.
  • Contribute significantly to the administrative functioning and collegial environment of the Department and wider University, undertaking leadership activities which support the functioning of the Department and wider University.
  • To fully engage in, champion and enhance the values of the Department; 
  • Carry out such other duties as specified by the Head of Department.

Person Specification 

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of leadership and/or Organisational Behaviour, with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University.


Candidates must demonstrate a major contribution to their research field with impact beyond their own institution with outputs consistently recognised as internationally excellent, with some outputs either being world class or the candidate having the potential to achieve world class.

Essential Research Criteria

  1. Qualifications - a good first degree and a PhD in leadership and/or Organisational Behaviour or a related subject. 
  2. Outputs – significant evidence of internationally excellent research outputs, some of which are evaluated as world class.  Candidates are asked to submit two research papers with their application (as outlined in the How to Apply section below).  Candidates may additionally choose to submit evidence such as external peer review of their outputs.  
  3. Personal Research Plan - evidence of a personal research plan which supports and enhances the department’s research strategy. 
  4. Income Generation - evidence of leadership of or contribution to successful research projects and / or fellowship proposals.


Candidates must make a significant contribution to the development and delivery of high-quality teaching with demonstrable contribution to the design of excellent learning environments and curricula, including curriculum development, which enables students to achieve their potential.

Essential Teaching Criteria

  1. Qualification - candidates must be or have the ability to attain the rank of Fellowship of the HEA the Higher Education Academy (https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/individuals/fellowship/fellow), which is the national body that champions teaching excellence (or equivalent). 
  2. Quality - making a significant contribution to the development and delivery of high-quality teaching at a nationally competitive level. Contribution to training, educating and mentoring other teachers in the department and/or the University in relationship to learning and teaching. (Candidates may choose to provide student evaluation scores and/or peer reviews of teaching). 
  3. Innovation – evidence of successful new programme development and innovate in the teaching methods for the design / delivery of high-quality teaching at a nationally competitive level including lectures, small group learning and/or using technology or other techniques to enhance learning and/or assessment.   
  4. Strategic – Significant contribution to the design and delivery of excellent teaching activities and the creation of learning environments that enable students to achieve their potential.

Service, Leadership, Citizenship and Values

Candidates must actively contribute and engage in the administrative and collegial functioning requirements of the Department, Faculty and University, positively contributing to the University Values and to fostering a respectful environment; as well as demonstrating their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Essential Criteria: Services, Leadership, Citizenship and Values

  1. Collegial contribution – a significant contribution to the collegial work and environment of an academic Department, Faculty or University. (Candidates may choose to evidence departmental or University roles, Faculty or University level committees or projects, mentoring activity, pastoral and academic support of students, engagement with widening participation, proactive support of the work of professional services colleagues, contributions to departmental programme management and/or strategic development, contribution to equality and diversity initiatives and membership or engagement with external bodies). 
  2. Leadership - evidence of leadership roles or a significant contribution to leadership activities that support the administrative functioning of an academic Department, Faculty or University and / or which support the development of the relevant discipline.  (Candidates may choose to detail any leadership roles which they have undertaken, preferably in an academic context).  
  3. Communication - candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.

Desirable Criteria

The desirable criteria for this post (for which candidates should provide evidence of some if not all criteria) are:

  1. Research Leadership - significant contribution to establishing and leading research groups within and beyond the candidate’s institution, a recognised contribution to the development of the relevant research field, and engagement in the mentoring of early career researchers. Significant contribution to the development of successful research project / fellowship proposals. (Candidates may choose to include information about research group leadership, mentoring of research colleagues, invitations to external events, engagement with international networks or projects). 
  2. PhD Supervision – the successful recruitment and excellent supervision of PhD students.   
  3. Research Impact - evidence of a significant contribution to the development of research that has a demonstrable impact beyond the Candidate’s institution.    
  4. Income Generation - significant evidence of engagement in the development of successful research projects and quality research grant proposals.

Contact Information

Department contact for academic-related enquiries

Professor Christos Tsinopoulos
Head of Management and Marketing Department

Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application

If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email. Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk

Alternatively, you may call 0191 334 6801 from the UK, or +44 191 334 6801 from outside the UK. This number operates during the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday, UK time. We will normally respond within one working day (Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays).

University contact for general queries about the recruitment process

Mark Gibson - HR Administrator; mark.gibson@durham.ac.uk

How to Apply

We prefer to receive applications online.

Please note that in submitting your application, we will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

Information if you have a disability

The University welcomes applications from disabled people. We are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, adjustments will be made to support people within their role.

If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us on e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk.

What to Submit

All applicants are asked to submit:

  1. A CV  
  2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above; 
  3. Personal research plan.  
  4. An EDI & values statement - As a University we foster a collegiate community of extraordinary people aligned to the University’s values. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do. At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive, and in doing so, recruit the world’s best candidates from all backgrounds and identities. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI. We therefore ask that as part of your application you provide a statement (of no more than 1 side of A4) which outlines work which you have been involved in which demonstrates your commitment to EDI and our values. 
  5. Two of your most significant pieces of written work. Where possible your written work should have been published or submitted since 2017, however work prior to 2017 may be submitted where candidates have had career breaks.

Where possible we request that you provide web links to these which the hiring Department will access to read your work. The application form contains fields in which to enter each of the web links.

In the event you are unable to provide accessible links to online hosting of your work, your work should be uploaded as PDFs as part of your application in our recruitment system. Please ensure that your PDFs are not larger than 5mb. Please note that your work may be read by colleagues from across the Department and evaluated against the current REF criteria;

Please save all application documents with your name and document type as PDF files.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.


You should provide details of 3 academic referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference (if they are not listed as an academic referee).

Please note:

  • We shall seek the academic references during the application process.  Academic referees should not (if possible) include your PhD supervisor(s) and a majority should be from a University other than your own (save for early career applicants applying for their first post).  We would ask that you alert your academic referees to this application as soon as possible and provide them with a copy of the CV you submit with your application, so that we can quickly obtain references should you be progressed to the interview stage. As part of your application, you will be asked whether you give your consent to your academic references being sought should you be invited to attend interview. 
  • Academic references sought for short-listed candidates may be made available to the panel during the interview process. 
  • We will seek a reference from your current line-manager if we make you an offer of employment (albeit you may have also nominated your line manager as an academic referee).  Please clearly indicate which referee is your current line-manager and please let us know if we should only approach them once an offer has been made.

Next Steps

All applications will be considered; our usual practice is for colleagues across the Department to read the submitted work of long-listed candidates.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to the University, either virtually or in-person and will have the opportunity to meet key members of the Department. The assessment for the post will normally include a presentation to staff and students in the Department, a meeting with the Head of the department and a formal interview and we anticipate that the assessments and interviews will take place over two days in or around February/March 2022.

In the event that you are unable to attend in person on the date offered, it may not be possible to offer you an interview on an alternative date.

More about the Durham University Business School

The Business School is preparing for a future where disciplines combine and converge, disrupting business models, changing the relationship between economies and societies. Faculty investment targets candidates with transformative perspectives on their disciplines, who are highly connected to the world of practice and who have regard for the ethical, sustainable and responsible impact of their research and teaching. Our focused strategy covers research, education and student engagement, building on multi-disciplinary academic excellence, internationally rated research and superb student support services. Our research is published in leading international journals, is increasingly funded by a broad mix of bodies, including research, government and commercial organisations. We seek to elevate further the status and influence of our research activity and environment through the support and delivery of influential research publications, building enhanced research capacity through income generation and the proof of economic and social value through documented impact on policy and practice.

Over the next ten years, Durham University Business School will pursue its mission across three core domains to become a recognised Top European Business School: Research, Education and Student Engagement. In addition, three transversal themes - internationalisation; ethics, responsibility and sustainability; and external engagement and impact - will shape further our direction of travel.

We have invested heavily in new colleagues over the past three years are continuing this investment journey, to be able to publish even more frequently in world leading journals, secure higher levels of (including Research Council) funding and develop our impact and engagement further. These ambitions are further supported by appropriate support for world-class conference attendance, pump priming, seminars and research network building activities and incentives for research publication and impact case studies.

As part of the School’s education strategy, our focus is to ensure that our programmes are intellectually leading, transformative and challenging. Further, we wish to ensure that learning allows students to develop as global citizens with a cross-cultural perspective, fosters connection to worlds of practice and facilitates engagement in the area of ethics, responsibility and sustainability. The School continues to support and recognise faculty members in these areas, for example through our mentoring policy and Enhancing Learning and Teaching Awards. The School has a high-quality portfolio of programmes at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level, across all subject areas – Management, Marketing, Economics, Accounting and Finance – attracting a talented and diverse student intake (with over 130 nationalities). Recent pedagogic developments include the launch of an on-line MBA, two MOOCS, an international MBA with the European Business School in Weissbaden, and two joint DBA with Fudan University and EmLyon.

The current School building houses several state-of-the-art lecture theatres providing flexible options for teaching, new breakout spaces for individual and group projects, and a contemporary dining area – alongside numerous sustainable features – which make it a truly world-class facility. Improved business facilities enable us to engage with more corporate partners and host events ranging from small groups to conferences for several hundred delegates. We are also investing in the technology infrastructure to support online and blended approaches to education.

For more information, please visit the Business School pages at https://www.dur.ac.uk/business

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.