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[Commlist] Open Rank in Political Science / including ideology and discourse analysis / University of Essex

Tue Jan 14 23:37:36 GMT 2020

the University of Essex has recently advertised an open rank position at our Department, in which "Ideology and Discourse Analysis” is explicitly mentioned as one of several desired fields of specialization:

for queries feel free to contact Jason Glynos ((ljglyn /at/ or David Howarth ((davidh /at/


Open Rank in Political Science
University of Essex - Department of Government

The Department of Government at Essex are world leaders in political science, ranked top in the UK for research excellence (REF2014), 5th for politics in the UK (The Times Good University Guide 2018 and 2019 National Student Survey), top 10 in the world for political science and international relations according to the Centre for World University Rankings (2018), among the top 50 departments worldwide according to the QS World University Rankings. Having been awarded Q-Step Affiliate Status, we are committed to excellence in education and research.

This is a genuinely open search in terms of sub-field. We are always seeking to build on our existing strengths in comparative politics, international relations (especially conflict studies), political behaviour, political economy, political institutions, and political theory. We have identified British politics, gender and politics, and ideology and discourse analysis as priority areas in this round.

The Department is now looking to make an appointment at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor level.

Duties of the Role

The post-holder is expected to conduct research and teaching in Political Science. They will (co-) supervise undergraduate projects, MA, and PhD dissertations. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to generate research income, to contribute to the administration and leadership responsibilities within the Department, and to the local, regional and international profile of the Department.

Duties at Lecturer level will include contributing to excellence in education by designing and delivering substantive and effective teaching and learning support as agreed with the Head of Department, producing research outputs for publication at acceptable levels of volume and academic excellence and disseminate the result of research and scholarship through appropriate Knowledge Exchange activities.

Duties at Senior Lecturer or Reader level will moreover include engaging in curriculum development, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and research supervision at both an individual and a strategic level along with providing research leadership and engaging in activities that will enhance the research profile of the Department.

Duties at Professor level will include additionally building up a sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to teaching and learning, as part of a wider commitment to academic practice and pursuing research that is world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

At all levels the successful candidate will be expected to engage in individual and/or collaborative research activity (resulting in internationally excellent publications) that is in keeping with REF criteria and generate external research income appropriate in scale to career stage and subject area norms.

The post-holder will undertake a full range of Education, Research and Leadership and Citizenship responsibilities as detailed in the respective job pack of the level for which you are applying.

Qualifications and Skills required

Applicants will hold a relevant doctoral level degree in Political Science or allied field (or be close to completion of PhD if applying for Lecturer level), or possess equivalent professional experience or practice.

Applicants at the Lecturer level will be required to provide evidence of a research agenda, engagement in high-quality research activity and a developing research profile; and have proven experience in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, or demonstrable potential to achieve this.

Applicants at the Senior Lecturer or Reader level will be required to provide evidence of an established and internationally recognised research profile, with a strong track record of published academic output at international levels of recognition; a sustained record of effectiveness in education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and a record of success in generating external research income appropriate in scale to disciplinary norms and career stage.

Applicants at the Professor level will be required to demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels appropriate to the discipline; a strong, sustained record of academic publication at international or world-leading levels of recognition; and an established record of success in securing and managing substantial research grants (appropriate to the discipline).

Applicants at all levels will need to possess evidence of a clear publication plan for submission to future Research Excellence Framework (REF) programmes.

This is a permanent, full-time post on an ASER (teaching and research) contract, with appointment being made as Lecturer (R), Senior Lecturer (R), Reader or Professor (R). Please state clearly on your application form which level for which you are applying.

The Department of Government is working towards a Scientific Women’s Academic Network (Athena SWAN) award and particularly welcome applications from those who identify as female or non-binary as they are under-represented in the Department.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

Please use the ‘Apply’ button to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here.

Our website contains more information about the University of Essex. If you have a disability and would like information in a different format, please telephone (01206) 876559.


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