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Chair in Politics

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
current professorial minimum 62,585 a year
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Role Description

The Department of Politics is a prestigious, lively and international community at the forefront of research in the main political areas of conflict and development, international politics, political theory and public policy. Following a strategic investment on the part of the University in the growth of the Department, we are now seeking to appoint an exceptional academic as a Professor of Politics. There are no restrictions on the substantive areas of research, however we are particularly interested in academics in the following fields:

  • Comparative Politics and Public Policy
  • Political Economy
  • Conflict, Peace and Security
  • Political Theory

As a leading international scholar, you will publish research of the highest quality, provide academic leadership to colleagues who work in this area, and play an active role in developing collaborations in other areas of social science across the University. 

Key Requirements

  • PhD in Political Science/International Relations or cognate area
  • Ability to define, lead and attract funds for internationally excellent research, operating across disciplinary boundaries 
  • International reputation as a research leader
  • Substantial publication record in leading peer-reviewed journals 
  • Good leadership and managerial skills 
  • Strong communicator with positive  approach to external engagement 

Politics at York
We are one of the leading centres for research and teaching in Politics and International Studies in the UK. Ranked eighth in the country for our research performance in the 2014 REF, we also achieve a high level of external recognition for our teaching, and are currently in the top ten of both the Guardian and Times/Sunday Times league tables. For more details about the Department, please visit our website: 

Closing Date:  31 January 2018
Interview Date:  1 March 2018 

Salary will be commensurate with experience on the professorial scale, current minimum £62,585 a year. 

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Martin Smith ( Alternatively for a confidential discussion contact Paul Ellison (Recruitment Adviser) on +44 (0)1904 324865.

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