Professor in Politics and International Relations

Southampton, United Kingdom
Competitive: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience (Level 7)
31 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
27 Apr 2023
Contract Type

Politics & International Relations

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   Competitive: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience (Level 7)
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Thursday 27 April 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2241123CC

Professorship in Politics and International Relations

Applications will be considered from 0.8FTE to 1.0 FTE

Applications are invited for a Professorship in Politics and International Relations (job title: Professor) at the University of Southampton.  This appointment will support key strategic aims of the Department of Politics and International Relations, enhancing its capacity and diversity in research leadership and leadership more generally. The successful candidate will join and strengthen our thriving research, education and knowledge exchange culture. 

The department has a world-leading reputation in democratic governance and global political society, political trust, democratic innovations, electoral behavior, 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, internationally recognised academic profile in any of the areas in which we currently have expertise and who can enhance those areas.

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

You will deliver research-led education, undertake internationally recognised research, and work to deliver research funding. You will contribute to Department leadership in research, education, and service.

About you

  • You have a proven track record in raising significant external research funding.
  • You demonstrate outstanding experience in shaping and leading a field of research. 
  • You demonstrate an outstanding reputation through sustained publication of research that has demonstrable impact.
  • You demonstrate outstanding experience as a reflective and inspiring educator.
  • You demonstrate motivational leadership through research, education, and service roles.  
  • You demonstrate ability to innovate, engage, motivate and inspire students and colleagues.

What we can offer you

  • An outstanding and collegial research and education environment. 
  • A commitment to flexible working, recognising the requirement to teach on campus. 
  • Equal consideration of applicants wishing to work flexibly or who have taken a career break.
  • An institution that has a Silver Athena SWAN award, a Bronze Race Equality Charter award, and a very firm commitment to enhancing diversity.

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 October 2023 and September 2024. Further information: Associate Dean Research and Enterprise, Professor Will Jennings ( )

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. Please submit details for 3 referees and include your CV and publication list with your application. If you need any assistance, please call Wayne Wan (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Please quote reference 2241123CC on all correspondence.