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Senior Lecturer/Reader in Sociology

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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51,034 - 59,135 or 51,034 - 62,727 a year
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The Department of Sociology at the University of York seeks to appoint a Senior Lecturer/Reader in Sociology from 1 January 2022.

You will join a team of colleagues whose commitment to research resulted in the Department being ranked 1st in the UK’s national review of research quality (REF 2014) (sustaining its premier position established in the previous RAE 2008) and who are committed to achieving excellence in learning and teaching.


You will be expected to publish original research of the highest quality and provide leadership in securing research funding by developing collaborative income-generating activities. You will also teach on our undergraduate and masters programmes, be expected to recruit and supervise research students, and to take an active role in the administration of our collegial Department which places a strong emphasis on collaboration and mutual support.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You should have demonstrable skill in the use of quantitative or qualitative methods in research and publication, as well as a track record of teaching research methods at university level. You should also have research interests that complement the strengths of one or more of the Department’s research clusters: Culture, values and practices; Gender, sexuality and inequalities; Language and social interaction; and Science, health and technology.

You will have a PhD in sociology, or allied discipline, or equivalent experience.

You will have outstanding qualities and achievements in scholarship and research at a national and international level (Senior Lecturer) or exemplary and sustained qualities and achievements in scholarship and research that bestow considerable recognition at national and international levels (Reader).

You will have knowledge in sociology to design & develop teaching programmes and the provision of learning support.

You will have a well-established national reputation in sociology (or allied discipline), specific knowledge of sociology that would enable supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students and research staff, and research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the department’s research strategy and goals.

You will have a proven track record in research with high quality journal publications and conference presentations.

You will have been successful in accessing research grants and other external funding.

Applicants for Reader will have given significant (invited or plenary) presentations at international conferences, and have experience in a leadership role in teaching and/or research.    

Scholars who identify as Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic or Global Majority are strongly encouraged to apply as they are currently under-represented within the Department.

Interview date: Friday 1 October 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Paul Johnson at

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as  Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We also encourage applications from women for senior roles. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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