Assistant Professor of Economics

Heriot-Watt University - School of Social Sciences

The Department of Accountancy, Economics and Finance, in the School of Social Sciences, is home to around 40 academics based across Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia campuses. The Department is organised in three subject groups that include Accountancy, Economics and Finance. We offer a range of undergraduate programmes in Economics as well as range of specialist Masters degrees that represent these subject areas. Economics in Heriot-Watt was ranked third in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2018, reflecting strong performance in the National Student Survey and high graduate employability.

Our staff research interests are available at Our research in Economics benefits from interdisciplinary collaboration both within the School and across other key areas of expertise in the University and beyond, including industry and commerce. This is reflected by our established Centre for Energy Economics Research and Policy (CEERP) and Spatial Economics and Econometrics Centre (SEEC).

We are seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor to the School of Social Sciences to support the Economics subject area. The post holder will provide academic expertise in the broad area of Economics. 

The post holder is required to:

  • Design and undertake teaching in a developing capacity in a variety of settings from small group tutorials to large lectures, to support the delivery of Heriot-Watt University’s aims. As module leader or tutor, co-ordinate with others (such as support staff or academic colleagues) to ensure student needs and expectations are met. Willingness to participate in delivery of Graduate Apprenticeship courses is desirable.
  • Extend, transform and apply knowledge acquired from scholarship to teaching, research and appropriate external activities. This includes commitment to supporting student study by identifying learning needs of students and defining appropriate learning objectives and ensuring content, methods of delivery and learning materials will meet these. Planning, authoring and designing (and revising) new course material as part of the School’s teaching programmes, and make proposals as to how this could be achieved. Sole responsibility for the design and delivery of their own modules and assessment methods. Challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in critical discourse and rational thinking.
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research and conduct individual and collaborative research projects, with a commitment to participate in collaborative research. Author and submit research proposals to suitable funding organisations. Prepare proposals and applications to external bodies e.g. for funding and accreditation purposes. Plan and manage research activity, taking responsibility for developing an appropriate programme of research and obtaining the resources required for its implementation. Disseminate results of research in peer reviewed journals and conferences, and/or through other appropriate media. Make presentations at conferences or exhibit work at other appropriate events, and participate in peer review as an individual reviewer.
  • Supervise Research Students/Research Associates as appropriate.

A very good Undergraduate, Postgraduate Degree and PhD are desirable.

£31,604 - £38,833 or £39,991 - £47,722

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

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