Professor of Social Research

Birkbeck, University of London - School of Social Science, History and Philosophy (SSHP) - Psychosocial Studies

We are looking to appoint a Professor to lead social research within the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy (SSHP). Applications are sought from leading scholars with an established track-record in social research, success in winning external research income and evidence of leadership and strategic thinking.

The appointee will be based in the School’s Department of Psychosocial Studies where they will play a key role in the development of the Department’s research and teaching.

A strong fit with Psychosocial Studies is therefore required. The successful candidate will also be expected to lead the School’s Sociology return in any future national research assessment and to carry forward the work of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) as its seconded Director for an initial three year term. The appointee will have a commitment and capacity to work in a multi-disciplinary environment.

The successful candidate will already have an international profile which fits with Psychosocial Studies; a strong track-record of externally funded social research; familiarity with the opportunities and constraints in HE research environment; expertise in teaching at postgraduate and undergraduate level; a record of successful doctoral supervision; commitment to theoretically informed, interdisciplinary social research. The position will also include administrative responsibilities within the Department, School (including BISR), and College.

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

Further Information

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.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on Sunday 22 January 2017.

Interviews will be held within first two weeks of March 2017.

For further information on this opportunity contact Dr Gail Lewis, Assistant Dean (

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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