Chair in Criminology

Queen's University Belfast - School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we’re a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

Criminology at Queen’s is currently ranked 1st within the Guardian University League Tables 2018, reflecting high quality teaching, excellent facilities and a vibrant and supportive learning environment.

This significant appointment, as part of a strategic investment within School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, will provide first class leadership to further strengthen Criminology at Queen’s on both a national and international level.  

The successful candidate will make a substantial contribution to the research and teaching activities within the School, will provide academic and research leadership and mentoring, and will enhance the School’s international collaborations and research networks. In this, the successful candidate will be supported by an experienced and energetic academic and administrative team. The university’s flagship interdisciplinary research institutes and centres such as the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation offer opportunities for engagement with a critical mass of excellent researchers across a wide range of disciplines in world class research facilities.

Our five core values (Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Ambition, Connected) have been developed by staff and students. They express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we aim to behave and what we aspire to be as an 
international organisation.

The successful candidate must have:

  • PhD in Criminology or a cognate discipline.
  • A sustained record of research publications of international excellence in high quality and internationally recognised journals.
  • Proven track record of attracting and supervising research students.
  • Evidence of major external research activities including securing grant income
  • Research Profile that complements the research priorities of the School.
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality UG and PG teaching that complements and enhances the School’s teaching activities.
  • Evidence of strategic academic leadership in research, programme development, teaching and management.
  • A clear vision on future research and development plans and how they would benefit the School, Faculty and University.
  • Evidence of ability to strengthen the School’s national and international research and development networks.

Full criteria can be found online at

Further information about the School can be found at

Informal enquires may be directed to Dr Siobhan McAlister, email:

Anticipated interview date: Friday 2 February 2018

Salary will be determined in accordance with the appropriate Professorial ranges as applied within the University.

Closing date: Monday 11 December 2017

Apply online at For further information or assistance contact Human Resources, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.  It welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as people with disabilities and females are currently under-represented within the Professoriate, it would particularly welcome applications from these groups.

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