Professor in Politics

University of Bath - Politics, Languages & International Studies

The Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies (PoLIS) has recently undertaken a major recruitment drive in the fields of Comparative Politics and Conflict and Security. It now seeks to appoint a Professor in Politics to enhance further our research and teaching provision as well as contribute to the management and leadership of the department. 

This is an exciting time to join a dynamic Department within a leading UK University. The successful candidate will contribute to one or more of the department’s areas of research expertise in Comparative Voting, Elections and Parties; Gender and Sexuality; Populism, Nationalism and Radicalism; and the Politics of Culture & Memory.

We are looking for an outstanding scholar with a track-record of research of international standing and relevance, evidenced with a substantial record of publications in top rated national and international journals, a strong track record of grant capture, and successful supervision of research staff and students. Suggested submissions for the next REF in terms of output, should be indicated in the application, along with a brief statement, which highlights the applicant’s significance in their chosen field.

Excellence in teaching is central to the University’s strategy and the department offers some of the university’s most prestigious degree programmes. These include undergraduate degrees in Politics and International Relations and Modern Languages and European Studies, as well as postgraduate programmes in International Relations, European Studies (Euromasters) and Translation and Interpreting. 

In recent years, the University of Bath has seen rapid growth as it has secured its place as a leading university in the UK. Nationally, for 2018 it ranked fifth in the Guardian University Guide, eleventh in the Complete University Guide and twelfth in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. It was first for sport in this latter guide. In 2015 the University of Bath ranked first in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Student Experience Survey. The University was recently awarded a Gold rating at the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017. The University is a member of the ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Partnership and the GW4 Alliance of Universities in the South West.

The University of Bath is situated in the beautiful World Heritage City of Bath and is part of the GW4 group of leading Universities (with Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter). It is 15 minutes from Bristol by train and 90 minutes from London.

Informal enquiries should be directed to the Head of Department, Dr. Nicholas Startin ( Further details of the department can be found at

The University of Bath has a bronze award from the Athena SWAN Charter Scheme. Both the Department and the university are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community and from all backgrounds. We are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce. We are working to improve the present gender balance at senior levels within the Department and particularly welcome applications from women.

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.
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