Senior Lecturer/Reader

University of Sheffield - Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences

Contract: Open ended


Are you interested in working for a world-leading school of urban studies and planning at a global top 100 university? We have an exciting opportunity in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning for someone with a real passion for research and teaching about cities, their development, and the challenges they face. You will join one of the top centres for urban studies worldwide. We recently celebrated our 50th anniversary, and over that time have developed widely-recognised and diverse strengths across urban studies, as well as continuing and developing our reputation for excellence in the field of urban planning.

We welcome applications from ambitious, talented and highly motivated candidates who are able to deliver excellent research and teaching across urban studies and planning, and are particularly interested in people who can lead and develop teaching in the area of urban or spatial planning.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is educated to PhD (or equivalent) level in a relevant subject area and has a track record of excellent research and teaching. You will have a developed research portfolio, which will complement and enhance the strengths of the Department (in areas such as planning; real estate; housing; local economic development; urban design; governance; and participation).
  • Has excellent, well-developed and internationally recognised research and writing skills. You will be expected to produce high quality academic publications and secure significant research grant income
  • Is able to build and maintain strong academic partnerships with related institutes and research centres, both within and beyond the University of Sheffield.
  • Shows an ability to provide inspiring teaching. We pride ourselves on the quality of teaching within the Department, and are recognised as one of the main centres for education in urban studies and planning in the UK.
  • Demonstrates an ambition to lead and experience of working with others in research and/or teaching. We are committed to excellence in leadership, and you would take on leadership and administrative roles that would contribute to the collective enhancement of the Department.
  • For the post of Reader, we would expect a very strong research profile, and proven ability to lead in the field of research.

As a top-ranked school of urban studies, we encourage and support our colleagues to undertake research and teaching that has an international impact. You would be able to access funding for international travel and conferences, and support to enable your research ideas and projects to have a global reach. You will be joining a vibrant, diverse and growing community of researchers and teachers, and will contribute to our collective mission to be the leading urban studies and planning school globally.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We believe in the power of diversity to help us address big global challenges and aim to actively build diverse team. We particularly welcome applications from currently under-represented groups, including candidates who are female and from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

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