Professor of Applied Social Science

University of Sussex School of Education and Social Work

United Kingdom

Professor of Applied Social Science 

School/department: Education and Social Work
Hours: Full time 1.0 FTE / 37.5 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Permanent 
Reference: 5660  
Salary: Competitive  
Placed on: 27 May 2021
Closing date:  30 June 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date..

Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.

Expected interview date: 28 July 2021
Expected start date: January 2022 or before

Job description 

The School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex is seeking to appoint a new Professor of Applied Social Science. The successful candidate will be an experienced researcher with an international profile that has synergies with at least one – and ideally more – existing areas of expertise within the School. The post will be based in the Department of Education, but they will lead development of evaluation research across the School, collaborating across the University, building on existing strengths and working with our research centres:

  • Centre for International Education (CIE);
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY);
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing (CIRW);
  • Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER);
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR);
  • Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research (CSWIR). 

Education and Social Work is also a founding partner in the University’s strategic investment in the Sussex Humanities Lab.

To provide leadership within a diverse portfolio, the successful candidate must bring an interdisciplinary mindset, and a critical, flexible approach to applied social research and complex evaluation. They will be comfortable with mixed quantitative and qualitative methods and multi-modal approaches and with research at local, national, and international scale. The Evaluation Lead is a research leadership role within the School, working in close collaboration with the School Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange and the Head of School.

The appointee will also contribute to teaching at all levels, from undergraduate to doctoral supervision, and will support the development and delivery of new and established curricula where appropriate. They are also expected to take an active role in research strategy and administration activities, contributing their expertise within the social sciences cluster (with the Schools of Global Studies, and Law, Politics and Sociology) and across the University.

Please contact Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson, Head of School, for informal enquiries:

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Download job description and person specification Ref 5660 [PDF 197.68KB] 

How to apply 

If you wish to apply for the role, you should submit a short, up to two-page, letter of application, plus a summary CV (no more than 4 sides) outlining the key facts and information about yourself, what you will bring to the role and why you are the right person for it. 

Please also complete and submit our Personal details and equal opportunties form [DOC 108.50KB]

Your expression of interest should be sent to: Emma Macfarlane (

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