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Lecturer in Sociology

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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40,322 - 49,533 per year
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The Department of Sociology at the University of York is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Sociology from 1st January 2022 or a convenient time thereafter. 

We are looking to appoint an outstanding individual with a research agenda and teaching experience that can contribute to and enhance our strong research and learning and teaching environment. 

You will play a leading role in the Department in terms of sustaining and enriching our existing research culture. You will contribute to one or more of our four research clusters – Cultures, Value and Practices; Gender, Sexuality and Inequalities; Language and Social Interaction; Science, Health and Technology – which provide a fertile intellectual environment, stimulating debate and inspiring the design and delivery of world-leading research. In this respect you will be expected to publish original research of the highest quality and secure research funding by developing research income-generating activities. 

You will also be expected to teach on our undergraduate and masters programmes – which include sociology, criminology, and digital and social media – and to recruit and supervise research students. You will take an active role in the administration of the Department.

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 Department is keen to strengthen the diversity of its staff group and therefore particularly welcomes applications from currently under-represented groups (which includes BAME, disabled, LGBT+ and gender-diverse candidates).  

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • You will have a PhD in Sociology or cognate discipline (or equivalent experience) with appropriate academic professional and teaching qualifications or a willingness to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
  • You will have knowledge with a research agenda that can contribute to and enhance one or more of our four research groups - Culture, Values and Practices; Language and Social Interaction; Gender, Sexuality and Inequality; and Science, Health and Technology.
  • You will have research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the Department’s research strategy and goals.
  • You will have highly developed communication skills.
  • You will be able to extend, transform and apply knowledge from scholarship, and design teaching materials to deliver across a range of modules.
  • You will be able to supervise the work of others, for example in research teams or as a student supervisor.
  • You will have a record of accomplishment in producing high quality research and designing and delivering teaching courses.
  • You will be able to evidence dissemination of research findings through various fora.
  • You will have a commitment to high quality work, be creative and positive, and be able to work with others effectively.
  • You will be able to manage your own workload and show commitment to the University through management and administration duties.

Interview Date: 8 October 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Paul Johnson,

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

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