Professor in Defence, Development and Diplomacy

Durham (GB)
14 Sep 2017
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16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor in Defence, Development and Diplomacy (Grade 10)

As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place in which to define your career and enjoy a high quality work/life balance. Benefitting from a fantastic location just 90 minutes south of Edinburgh, and less than three hours away from London, this historically rich city is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral, dating back to the 11th century and is within close proximity of the beautiful Durham Dales. With a welcoming student body that numbers more than 17,000 and over 3,000 members of staff, this centre of academic excellence looks forward to welcoming your application.   

About us:

Durham University is listed 4th in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and is widely lauded for the exceptional talent it harbours.  Featuring in the top 100 World University Rankings 2017-2018, our students and academics are at the heart of our world-leading research and teaching capabilities, shaping the future with their ground-breaking work. The needs of our staff are taken care of too, with generous pension plans, assistance with childcare facilities, the option for flexible working and a Relocation Manager who can help settle you into this fantastic city. 

The role: 

With 71% of our research outputs deemed to be either internationally excellent or world leading, the School of Government and International Affairs enjoys a reputation for innovative thinking that continues to prepare our graduates for high-flying careers.  Supported by the Complete University Guide 2017 ranking us to be the 6th best politics department in the UK, we’re immensely proud of all that we’ve achieved so far.  As such, your knowledge of defence, development and diplomacy will prove to be hugely beneficial to Durham’s Global Security Institute which is located within this ambitious team.  As the first UK Chair, you will combine teaching with research to further our understanding and response to violent conflict.  Coming from a background of security studies, peacebuilding, conflict studies, development studies, post-conflict studies or state-building, you will shape how we educate students both now and in the future, and you will develop our research strategy.  Defining our plans for how our research will continue to make an impact, you will also be instrumental in developing and delivering content across our MSc programmes ‘Defence, Development and Diplomacy’ and ‘Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding’.

You’ll need: 

  • A good first degree with a PhD in International Relations, Conflict Studies, War Studies, Peace Studies, Development Studies or a related subject.  
  • A research and teaching background OR professional experience in one or more of: security studies, peacebuilding, conflict studies, development studies, post-conflict studies and state-building. 
  • Excellent research methods, with the ability to create successful research project proposals and secure funding for your studies (though funding is available through the University and you may also benefit from research leave one term in every seven worked.) 
  • A five-year research plan which enhances our research strategy and key priorities. This should include income generating prospects.  
  • The confidence to supervise PhD students and dissertations. 
  • Quality research outputs that have made an impact OR for those who have come from non-academic backgrounds such as governmental, IGO or NGO roles, ‘outputs’ may comprise elements such as major pieces of policy development, consultancy and evaluation reports. 
  • The ability to teach to a high standard, with evidence of having gained this experience in a higher education establishment or a training activity within a role such as conflict prevention, peacebuilding or developmental projects, or training and CPD work with government, IGO or NGO staff.  
  • Solid leadership and communication skills. 

How to apply:

We value and promote an inclusive and diverse working environment at Durham and we welcome applications from all individuals. 

We prefer to receive applications online.  For this role we are working with our partner organisation TMP (UK) Limited and your application will initially be submitted to TMP (UK) Limited via our website.

Please carefully read the job description for this post which outlines the documents which you will be required to submit, information about referees, contact details should you require further information and next steps including an indication of when interviews will take place.

For further information and to apply please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/

Closing date : 16th November 2017