Assistant Professor in Political Theory

Durham (GB)
14 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
13 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor in Political Theory (Grade 7 or 8)

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: 

Founded in 2004, the School of Government and International Affairs has gone from strength to strength.  Enjoying a reputation for producing world-class research by our dynamic academic body, 71% of our outputs were deemed to be internationally excellent or world-leading, while demand for places on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses is consistently high. As such, we are expanding the team, and therefore need you to share your knowledge of political theory with our candidates.  With a focus on issues of liberty, equality or justice in post-1900 political theory, you will provide an exceptional level of education, guiding the students’ research while also developing your own field of interest.  Supervising PhD candidates and working collaboratively with other departments to further our research capabilities, you will focus your work on an area such as Anglo-American or Continental traditions or the History of Political Thought, with consideration of these issues at sub-national, national or international levels.  Potentially enjoying periods of research leave with an associated research allowance, this is an exceptional opportunity to shape the scope of our programmes of study for the future.

You’ll need: 

  • A good first degree and a PhD in Politics or a closely cognate subject, with a clear research focus on political theory.
  • A three-year research plan, with evidence of how you will generate income for these studies and your intended impact.
  • Proof of previous impactful research that was deemed to be of world-class standards.
  • Excellent teaching capabilities, supported by HEA fellowship (or the ability to achieve this status).
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to guide early career researchers and research groups, and supervise PhD students.

Candidates who have recently completed their PhD but don’t have the relevant experience are encouraged to apply for this position at grade 7 if they feel they have the potential to achieve our high standards. 

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 : 13th November 2017