Associate Professorship in Politics and International Relations

Southampton, United Kingdom
£53,353 to £67,060 Per annum
23 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
20 Dec 2022
Contract Type

Politics & International Relations

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £53,353 to £67,060 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Tuesday 20 December 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2071022CC

Applications will be considered from 0.8FTE to Full time

Applications are invited for Associate Professorship in Politics and International Relations (job title: Associate Professor).  We are investing in several posts to strengthen the thriving research, education and knowledge exchange culture of the Department of Politics and International Relations (PAIR) at the University of Southampton. 

The department has a world-leading reputation in democratic governance and global political society, political trust, democratic innovations, electoral behaviour, environmental justice, global health, migration, and development. We lead in the application of cutting-edge research methods, ranging from political ethnography to experimental social science. 

PAIR holds major ESRC and ERC grants, UKRI Future Leader awards, British Academy Postdoctoral and Leverhulme Trust Fellowships, and the Jean Monnet Chair in European Security Governance. The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world Universities, one of the UK’s top 15 research–intensive universities, and hosts the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods.  

About the role

We seek candidates with a strong background in one or more of: 

  • International Security: critical security studies, global security, geo-political risk, and strategic studies;
  • Comparative/British politics: political and electoral behaviour, gender and representation, experimental methods and innovations;
  • Democratic and global governance: environmental politics, migration, global health, development, AI and the web.

Expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods is essential.

You will deliver research-led instruction, undertake internationally recognised research, and work to deliver research funding. 

About you

  • You have a PhD in politics or international relations or a cognate discipline. 
  • You demonstrate how you will play a central role in shaping research in the department. 
  • You demonstrate a national and international reputation through sustained publication in leading academic journals.
  • You demonstrate experience as a reflective educator, contributor to education planning, module and programme designer.
  • You demonstrate leadership skills through research, education, or academic leadership roles.  
  • You demonstrate ability to innovate, engage and inspire students and colleagues.

What we can offer you

  • Outstanding professional development through our Centre for Higher Educational Practice. 
  • A commitment to flexible working, recognising the requirement to teach on campus. 
  • Equal consideration of applicants wishing to work flexibly and those who have taken a career break.
  • An institution that has Silver Athena SWAN and Bronze Race Equality Charter awards.

We aim for an inclusive environment that attracts, supports and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences from across the world. We foster inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe we can only meet our objectives if we reflect our society. We strongly encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people with disabilities and those from poorer/less educationally advantaged backgrounds.

Negotiable start date: between 1st February 2023 and 1st October 2023.

Further information: Head of Department, Professor Russell Bentley (

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Wayne Wan (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email quote reference 2071022CC on all correspondence.