Assistant Professor / Lecturer in Politics

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
£36,382 - £51,800
20 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
13 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

The Politics subject group in the Department of Social Sciences focuses on questions of civil society, participation, representation,nationalism, identity, media and politics beyond Westminster (local, regional).It contributes to the successful delivery of the Social Science Foundation programme and the BA in International Relations and Politics.

We are seeking to recruit an Assistant Professor / Lecturer in Politics to complement but also broaden our expertise in the area of“democracy and active citizens”. We encourage applications from researchers with a focus on democratisation, civil society, political participation and political theory; however, we are open to welcome applications from any area of political science. We particularly welcome Critical approaches, including decolonial, race and feminist theory, and encourage applications from those able to contribute to the delivery of quantitative teaching methods.

The Department of Social Sciences provides high quality,research-rich learning for students in International Relations, Politics,Sociology, Criminology and Policing at all levels from Foundation to doctoral level. You will be part of a growing department and a lively academic community with no less than eight seminar series in the Social Sciences held throughout the year.

International Relations and Politics is a growing team of researchers and our strengths in research and teaching are clustered around four themes, which students are encouraged to explore in their learning: “war,conflict and security”, “nation, state and identity”, “international organisations”, and “democracy and active citizens”. Our strength is the use of experiential learning activities that make theory come alive and provide genuine opportunities for students to apply their learning, such as through simulations and joint learning activities with local civil society organisations. We collaborate with local, national and international partners to address the political issues of our time and hope you will join us in doing so.

You will work as part of a team contributing to teaching,learning and assessment to support a high-quality student experience at Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. You will participate in the planning, designing and development of modules and programmes, and the overall successful delivery of the programmes. You will support students through guidance tutoring, dissertation and thesis supervision. You will contribute to the research culture of the department through regular bidding, research presentations, internal and external collaborations, as well as internationally ranked research that demonstrates research excellence and research impact.

Candidates for lecturer will have a clear research agenda and will need to demonstrate ability to publish in top ranked journals and will have a clear plan for research bidding. Candidate for lecturer will also need to demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence. Candidates at assistant professor level will demonstrate emerging international standing in research,including evidence of publishing in top ranked journals and successful research bids. Candidates for senior lecturer will also need to demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence, including evidence of module and programme development and student engagement.

Successful candidates will have a PhD in political science or a related discipline.

The Department of Social Sciences is committed to recruiting, hiring and retaining people who reflect our values of supporting equity, diversity and inclusion in the department’s culture.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Catherine Palmer, Head of Department, by email at

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of  4.  In addition,candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal /book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world.Visit our web pages for details about the RelocationAssistance Scheme

Please note this vacancy will close on 13/02/2022