Lecturer in Political Theory

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Lecturer in Political Theory

Vacancy Ref: : 047654 Closing Date : 14-May-2019
Contact Person : Luke March Contact Number : 0131 650 4241
Contact Email : l.march@ed.ac.uk

Politics and International Relations at Edinburgh is seeking to appoint a Lectureship in Political Theory. This post is fixed term and available for 2 years.

The successful candidate will further the School's international reputation in politics and international relations teaching and research; demonstrate experience, achievement and outstanding potential reflected in a growing portfolio of teaching activities, and a commitment to the provision of academic student support. The postholder will have a research profile, in both experience to date and in future potential, which is at the forefront of scholarship in politics and international relations; and exhibit a strong commitment to the collegial life of Politics and International Relations and of the School.

The post is available from August 2019 for two years. The post is full-time (35 hours per week) but we will consider applications made for part-time work, although not for less than 0.8 FTE (4 days pw).

Salary: £40,792 - £48,677 per annum.
Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on 14th May 2019.

Job Purpose

We are seeking an outstanding candidate for a fixed-term Lectureship in Political Theory, available until end July 2021, who will further the School's reputation in Politics and International Relations. This Lectureship will be expected to contribute to the Subject's core teaching commitments in political theory/political philosophy at undergraduate and postgraduate level and have an active research profile. An ability to teach just war theory would be an advantage.

It is essential that the successful candidates demonstrate experience, achievement and outstanding potential reflected in their growing personal teaching and supervisory portfolio, and a commitment to the provision of academic student support.

They will also present a research profile, in both experience to date and in future potential, which is at the forefront of their area of activity.

The person appointed will also be expected to play a full part in the collegial life of the Subject and the School.

Main Responsibilities

Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including assessment and the provision of detailed feedback to students; contributing to existing and new teaching provision, including both specialist course convenorship and contributions to team-taught core courses, and, as required, programme direction; contributing to curriculum development; to the supervision of dissertations, practical work and projects; doctoral research supervision; and to online teaching initiatives.

Producing excellent research and scholarship, including the publication of peer reviewed articles in the highest quality journals, securing and managing external research funding and knowledge exchange activities.

Sharing in the administrative responsibilities of the Subject and School, including Personal Tutoring of students and otherwise providing enhancements to the educational experience of students.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

• A PhD or equivalent, either submitted or awarded by the time of appointment
• Evidence of expertise in political theory
• Evidence of recent, sustained and developing attainments in teaching, appropriate to career stage, which are indicative of excellence in teaching, including the ability to develop courses/programmes at postgraduate and undergraduate levels; and commitment to excellence in academic student support
• Evidence of recent, sustained and developing investigative research and publications activities, appropriate to career stage, meeting standards of international excellence
• Evidence of a recent track record of (or a developing ability to attract) external research funding as an independent researcher and to lead research programmes
• Evidence of research track record of (or developing ability to undertake) knowledge exchange and/or engagement with public bodies, stakeholders and wider publics
• Evidence of attainments in, or skills sufficient to demonstrate the future development of, a full range of supervisory activities from Honours dissertations to PhD theses inclusive;
• Evidence of a clear commitment to collegiality and team working, within and across academic and professional services teams
• A combination of teaching and research which places the post holder at the forefront of the field of applicants for the position.

• Advanced expertise in political theory, especially the ability to teach just war theory
• Experience developing and leading interdisciplinary teaching programmes;
• A track record of obtaining external research income;
• Experience of the supervision of postgraduate research students

Application Details

The selection procedure will involve an interview and a presentation attended by members of the School. Details of the requirements for the presentation will be included in invitations to interview.

Unless applicants signal that they wish to withhold their permission, members of the School will be given the opportunity to inspect, in confidence, the letters of application and CVs of those who apply for this post; and the letters of application and CVs of shortlisted applicants will be made available for inspection by all those attending any presentations prior to interview. References will be confidential to the selection panel.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

We anticipate interviews will be held in mid-June. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm on 14th May 2019.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work webpage

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Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).
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Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.


The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £40,792 to £48,677 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

Politics and International Relations

Politics and International Relations (PIR) is one of the most dynamic and vibrant departments in the country. It seeks to provide excellence in teaching; to demonstrate genuine impact on the 'real world' of politics; to maximise its ratings in the Research Excellence Framework; and to establish Edinburgh as one of the outstanding locations in Europe for research on, and for the study of, Politics and International Relations. PIR was recently judged to be one of only three departments in the UK with a 100% 4* (world leading) research environment for staff and students.

PIR is the largest subject area in the School of Social and Political Science in terms of both staff and student numbers. Staff expertise covers a wide range of topics, including comparative political science, public policy, international relations and political theory. Steady growth has enabled PIR to achieve critical mass in its strongest areas of research, which include multilevel governance and comparative (sub-state) territorial politics, European integration, security – including critical security, global ethics and international political economy. Staff collaborate with a range of Institutes and Centres. Those in which PIR staff have a leadership role include:
Academy of Government
Global Justice Academy
Global Environment and Society Academy
Just World Institute (and Ethics Forum)
Europa Institute
Centre for Security Research
Centre on Constitutional Change
Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy
Each provides a framework for collaboration with other subject areas in SSPS and beyond. PIR also hosts a large number of research groups. In addition to the themes listed above these reflect considerable strengths in Scottish politics; elections, public opinion and parties; gender; divided societies; Middle East and African politics. PIR staff routinely attract significant funding from the EU, including the European Science Foundation, as well as the ESRC, AHRC, Leverhulme and Nuffield foundations and the British Academy.

PIR's research excellence is reflected in its outstanding scores in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). It was ranked 6th in the UK on volume of 4* (world leading) research, and 8th based on a combination of research quality and volume of staff included in the assessment. The results reveal that PIR has quadrupled its 4* research since the last assessment exercise in 2008.

PIR runs single and joint degrees in both Politics and International Relations. These four-year undergraduate degrees attract large numbers of highly qualified domestic and international applicants and there is strong demand for places on degrees as well as courses at the ordinary (years 1 and 2) and Honours (years 3 and 4) levels. PIR is also part of the School-wide QStep programme in quantitative methods offering students the opportunity to pursue Politics and IR degrees with an explicitly quantitative focus should they choose to do so.

PIR offers several popular taught MSc degrees, including the long running International and European Politics (IEP) MSc as well as MScs in IR and IR of the Middle East and International Political Theory. It also collaborates with other departments within the School and across the College to deliver taught MSc programmes in environmental politics and human rights.

PIR has long enjoyed ESRC recognition for its doctoral programme, and delivers research training for students through the Edinburgh-based Scottish Graduate School of the Social Sciences. PIR has approximately 60 students registered for research degrees (PhD and MSc by Research).

The School Of Social and Political Science
The School of Social and Political Science (SPS) is one of the largest and most successful schools of social science in the UK, with global reach and local and global impact. Our goals are to promote excellence in education, research and innovation. The School comprises six Subject Areas plus a number of research and teaching centres and institutes, and a number of cross-Subject consortia and other units. The academic staff complement currently numbers c.200fte. Our staff profile is multi-disciplinary across the key social sciences with a strong and growing international orientation. The School has c. 1,100 undergraduate students on its programmes of study, over 500 taught postgraduates, and over 300 doctoral researchers. The Dean and Head of School is Professor Linda McKie.

SPS comprises the Subject Areas of Politics and International Relations; Social Anthropology; Social Policy (including Global Public Health); Social Work; Science, Technology and Innovation Studies [STIS]; and Sociology. The School also includes the Academy of Government, and the Centres of African Studies, of Canadian Studies, and for South Asian Studies. It hosts a Nuffield Q-Step Centre, enhancing quantitative skills training for social science undergraduates, the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) and the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Scotland.

The School's primary aim is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of social science. We provide an outstanding educational environment and support the highest quality research. We deliver excellence in discipline-based and interdisciplinary programmes. In addition, as a School, we play a leading role in delivering learning opportunities for students across the University to engage with current global challenges and uncertainties and in equipping students with the social science tools and lenses they need to become active, responsible and critical global citizens and leaders. Building upon established strengths in the cross-subject areas of sustainable development, international development, quantitative methods, and global health the School is centrally involved in the University's Global Development Academy and Global Justice Academy, and contributes to the Global Academies of Health and of Environment and Society.

In REF 2014, the School returned 96% of its eligible staff from Professors to early career researchers; a strategy that combined excellence with inclusion. All four Units of Assessment to which SPS contributed were rated amongst the top eight in the UK, and number one in Scotland, for their breadth and quality of research. Overall 36% of our research activity was classified as world leading with a further 41% assessed as internationally excellent. For two of those four Units of Assessment – Politics and International Relations, and Social Policy and Social Work – the whole of the research environment achieved the highest possible rating and was judged to be world leading

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci)
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 13,800 undergraduates, 5,500 taught postgraduates, 1,300 research students and more than 3,800 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.

Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)

The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission's overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College's Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we're particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.

The University of Edinburgh
For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They've explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 41,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 14,500 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

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