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Chair in Sociology

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Commensurate with experience, current minimum 62,585
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Role Description

We are seeking to appointment an outstanding sociologist whose research will contribute and enhance the internationally leading research produced by colleagues working in the “Language and Social Interaction” research cluster in the Department of Sociology at the University of York. (

The Role
You will play a leading role in the Department sustaining and enriching our existing research culture (which is organized across four research clusters: culture, values and practices; language and social interaction; gender, sexuality and inequality; and science, health and technology). You will be expected to publish original research of the highest quality and provide leadership in securing research funding by developing collaborative research income-generating activities. As a collegiate Department, you will also be expected to contribute to our undergraduate and masters programmes, recruiting and supervising research students, whilst taking an active role in the administration of the Department.

Key Requirements:

  • PhD in Sociology or other related discipline
  • Outstanding and internationally recognised knowledge of relevant subject area
  • An ability to define, lead, manage and attract funds for internationally excellent research, operating across disciplinary boundaries
  • Proven leadership and managerial skills
  • The ability to manage and interact with staff and students at all levels and to contribute  to broadening the strategic development of the Department
  • Substantial publication record in leading peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrable capacity for strategic thinking and planning

We are seeking to appoint the successful candidate from the 1st April 2018 or a convenient time thereafter. Informal enquires may be directed to the Head of Department, Professor Paul Johnson (

Salary will be commensurate with experience, current minimum £62,585

Closing Date: 3 December 2017
Interviews: 8 January 2018

Why York
You will join a team of colleagues whose commitment to research resulted in the Department being ranked first in REF2014 (sustaining its premier position established in RAE 2008) and whose commitment to learning and teaching produces consistently excellent performance in a range of measures. The University of York is a highly successful institution with a strong commitment to excellence in research and teaching. A member of the prestigious Russell Group, we are a dynamic, research-intensive university and have experienced significant growth over the past ten years, securing national and international recognition for our academic excellence.

Vacancy Reference: 6154

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Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.