Chair in Political Theory

Durham University - School of Government and International Affairs

The School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University invites applications for a chair in political theory. We are seeking to appoint an individual with a combination of outstanding research, leadership and team-working skills. As the School embarks on a period of substantial growth and development, we envisage that this strategic appointment will make a significant contribution to the collective dlivery of the School’s research and teaching strategies. They will be expected to play a key role within the leadership team of the School as we grow student numbers, recruit new academic staff, deliver newly revised undergraduate programmes, and demonstrate outstanding quality in meeting the requirements of a challenging higher education environment.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a track-record of successful research leadership based upon an impressive publication record, including outputs in leading journals, and making significant contributions more broadly through monographs and/or journal articles that have become key texts or interventions. Candidates should be able to demonstrate wider disciplinary knowledge across the disciplines of Politics and International Relations, should have an international profile for their research and be engaged in significant research networks and collaborative activities in their field.

The successful candidate will be a proven team player, who can demonstrate an ability to initiate, lead, encourage, contribute to, and build support networks around research activities. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a commitment to working with and supporting staff colleagues and research students, with evidence of successful mentoring and supervision of researchers at various career stages.

The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with the Head of School in delivering the School research strategy, which seeks to build our capacity to produce outstanding research and to meet the complex challenges of the UK research environment. This includes but is not limited to preparations for the Research Excellence Framework, improving the quality of grant submissions and grant capture rates, and embedding a strong culture of research-based public engagement activity which may demonstrate impact.

Applications in any field of political theory are welcome although candidates who work in the field of contemporary political theory (from either analytical or continental traditions) are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the potential for research engagement with colleagues across the School and reaching into disciplines beyond the School. As the first Politics and International Relations department to be awarded an Athena Swan award, we welcome applications from women and ethnic minority candidates and are committed to a diverse and inclusive research community.

Grade 10 with salary according to experience (starting at £60,513)

Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by 1 September 2017.

We embrace excellence in all its forms and invite all qualified candidates to apply. We particularly welcome applications from women, candidates with disabilities and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in the University.

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