Professor in Defence, Development and Diplomacy

Durham University - School of Government and International Affairs

With 71% of our research outputs deemed to be either internationally excellent or world leading, the School of Government and International Affairs enjoys a reputation for innovative thinking that continues to prepare our graduates for high-flying careers. Supported by the Complete University Guide 2017 ranking us to be the 6th best politics department in the UK, we’re immensely proud of all that we’ve achieved so far. As such, your knowledge of defence, development and diplomacy will prove to be hugely beneficial to Durham’s Global Security Institute which is located within this ambitious team. As the first UK Chair, you will combine teaching with research to further our understanding and response to violent conflict. Coming from a background of security studies, peacebuilding, conflict studies, development studies, post-conflict studies or state-building, you will shape how we educate students both now and in the future, and you will develop our research strategy. Defining our plans for how our research will continue to make an impact, you will also be instrumental in developing and delivering content across our MSc programmes ‘Defence, Development and Diplomacy’ and ‘Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding’.

You’ll need:

  • A good first degree with a PhD in International Relations, Conflict Studies, War Studies, Peace Studies, Development Studies or a related subject.
  • A research and teaching background OR professional experience in one or more of: security studies, peacebuilding, conflict studies, development studies, post-conflict studies and state-building.
  • Excellent research methods, with the ability to create successful research project proposals and secure funding for your studies (though funding is available through the University and you may also benefit from research leave one term in every seven worked.)
  • A five-year research plan which enhances our research strategy and key priorities. This should include income generating prospects.
  • The confidence to supervise PhD students and dissertations.
  • Quality research outputs that have made an impact OR for those who have come from non-academic backgrounds such as governmental, IGO or NGO roles, ‘outputs’ may comprise elements such as major pieces of policy development, consultancy and evaluation reports.
  • The ability to teach to a high standard, with evidence of having gained this experience in a higher education establishment or a training activity within a role such as conflict prevention, peacebuilding or developmental projects, or training and CPD work with government, IGO or NGO staff.
  • Solid leadership and communication skills.  

Closing date 16 November 2017 midday

Grade and Salary: Grade 10 Competitive salary based on our professorial Pay Scales (starting at £61,179 and going considerably higher based on experience)

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