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Lecturer in Quantitative Political Science (Education and Research) at Exeter.

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Lecturer in Quantitative Political Science (Education and Research) at Exeter.


College of Social Sciences and International Studies

This full-time post is available from 1st September 2021 on a permanent basis.

The role

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer (Education & Research) in Political Science to join the Department of Politics and the Exeter Q-Step Centre. The successful candidate will have a creative and ambitious research agenda and will also contribute to quantitative methods teaching. The post of Lecturer in Quantitative Political Science will contribute to extending the research profile of the Q-Step Centre and the Politics Department at the University of Exeter.

Politics at Exeter is a large, diverse, collegial, and pluralistic department, with sixty permanent faculty members across two campuses (in Devon and Cornwall). The areas in which we specialise include international relations, public policy, political theory, comparative politics, political behaviour and quantitative and qualitative research methods. The last two national research assessment exercises (REF2014 and RAE2008) have placed us firmly in the top ten UK departments. We offer a diverse and globalised teaching curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Over half of our staff members are non-UK and we warmly welcome applications from international candidates, as well as those from women, ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and applicants with disabilities.

This postholder will join an interdisciplinary team of quantitative researchers at the Exeter Q-Step Centre.  Our mission at the Centre is to advance political science research using quantitative methods. We also aim to provide social science, including political science, courses with career-enhancing training in quantitative research methods. The q-step centre are currently comprised of 8 academic staff (across Political Science, Criminology and Sociology), 3 post-doctoral researchers, and 8 PhD researchers. It has have gained over £8 million in funding over the past 8 years and host grants funded by Horizon 2020, NORFACE, ERC and UKRI.  For more information about Exeter Q-Step Centre, please visit www.exeter.ac.uk/qstep .

Applications from candidates with specialisms in any area of Politics are welcome. We are interested in candidates that either strengthen our current specialisms—in areas such as political communication, the politics of gender, and environmental politics—or push the Centre in exciting new directions (e.g., the politics of race and/or intersectionality). Candidates with interests in computational social science and social data science are strongly encouraged to apply.

About you

For a Lecturer post you will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in Politics and have an independent, internationally-recognised research programme in a relevant active field of research
  • A strong record in attracting funding for research, or demonstrable potential to attract such funding.
  • Quantitative methods expertise
  • An active approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research
  • Enthusiasm for delivering high quality undergraduate and post graduate programmes
  • Enthusiasm for teaching quantitative methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Strong connections and funded projects with business and community partners
  • Involvement in projects which develop impact.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

Please ensure you read our Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and we encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City .

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce. 

Further information

For an informal and confidential discussion about the post please contact the Head of Politics, Professor Duncan Russel (tel: 01392- 723182, email: [email protected]).

The closing date for applications is 6th June. Interviews are expected to take place on 24th June.

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