Professor of Politics

Birkbeck, University of London - Department of Politics

Applications are invited for the post of Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck. Founded in 1972 by Bernard Crick, Paul Hirst and Sami Zubaida, the Department ranked 12th in Britain in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) for 4* research, confirming its status as a top tier Politics department within the UK. The Department sits within the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy (SSHP), a multidisciplinary hub for outstanding research.

The appointee will combine a reputation for world-class, high-impact research and a track record at attracting research grants. In addition to this will also be committed to developing Birkbeck’s vibrant research environment through international research networks and public-facing activities.

We especially welcome applications from prominent scholars in the field of Politics, broadly conceived, with a track record in wider public engagement, impact and communications.

The successful candidate will take a leading role in the Department's Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life. They should have a commitment to teaching excellence and be able to contribute to existing teaching in at least one of the Department’s core areas of public policy, global politics, or social and political theory.

For further information about the Department of Politics, please visit the following website:

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Salary: Competitive by negotiation, starting at a minimum of £61,264 per annum.

This post is full time, 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE) and open-ended. The initial salary is competitive by negotiation and will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 2 years. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

Interviews will be held on a date to be confirmed.

For further information on this opportunity contact Dr Alex Colas, Assistant Dean (Email:

Birkbeck welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award, operating the Two Ticks scheme, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is working towards the Race Equality Charter Mark.

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