Lecturer in Sociology

Maynooth (IE)
23 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

Maynooth University
Ollscoil Mhá Nuad

Maynooth University (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) is the fastest growing university in Ireland with over 10,000 students and outstanding research and scholarship in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. The university is now entering a new and exciting phase of its development, with a new strategic plan centred on further enhancing our academic programmes, providing a distinctive student experience of the highest quality, focusing our research activities on a small number of priority themes, and further internationalising the university. To support this development, the university is seeking to recruit outstanding academics, with a strong track record of research and teaching, to the following position:

Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Maynooth University has the honour of being the longest established Department of its kind on the island of Ireland. We celebrated our 80th year in 2017.  A recent Peer Review Report commended the Department for its “impressive research culture which marks it out as perhaps the leading sociology department on the island of Ireland.” The Department has 17.5 staff members and offers a number of popular degree programmes, currently educating over 1200 students, at undergraduate, taught postgraduate and PhD level. All department members are actively engaged in research, covering a wide range of intellectual areas and publishing work of high quality.  Staff collaborate on research projects, have had considerable success in obtaining research funding and have played a central role in the development of research institutes in the social sciences. The Department is student-focused and outward facing; we collaborate widely with colleagues within the University and engage with stakeholders outside of the university. The Department is fully committed to a public sociology role. 

Through the years, the Department of Sociology has been instrumental in bringing new programmes into being, contributing to teaching and learning across the Faculty and demonstrating our capacity to work collegially with other Departments. More recently, Sociology has been at the forefront of curriculum and research developments, contributing, for example, to the conceptualisation and implementation of the new Curriculum Initiative, and the recently launched degree in Criminology.  

Lecturer in Sociology

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued. 

We are seeking an excellent academic to join our staff as a Lecturer in Sociology to support the delivery of the existing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered by the Department.  We are particularly interested in candidates with exceptional research potential who can enhance the Department’s research profile and scholarly community as the University embarks on an ambitious  new five-year strategic plan.  Expertise in one or more research methodologies and proven ability to teach in those areas is desirable.

The person appointed will have a proven record of teaching, research and publication, appropriate to career stage. He/she will be expected to make a strong contribution to the teaching mission of the Department and undertake teaching duties on the Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as the supervision of Master’s and PhD students.

The appointee will be expected to build a strong research profile that supports the University’s research strategy, including affiliating to the Research Institutes, where appropriate, and working with colleagues on national and international research. The appointee will be expected to sustain and conduct research, engage in scholarship of quality and substance, and generate publications of international standard.

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • A PhD in Sociology;
  • A broad experience of higher education;
  • A strong academic record in teaching, with experience of teaching social research methods;
  • A record of scholarly work and publication of international quality, demonstrating potential to become a significant contributor in the field;
  • Experience of, and a demonstrated commitment to, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, programme development, and academic innovation;
  • Experience supervising graduate research students;
  • Experience of, and commitment to, working in an interdisciplinary setting;
  • Good administrative, organisational, teamwork and communication skills

For further details including full comprehensive job description please see the Maynooth University vacancies page at: 

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