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Lectureship in Sociology

University of Birmingham - School of Social Policy

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £40,792 to £48,677 with potential progression once in post to £54,765 a year
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 18th December 2018
Closes: 31st March 2019
Job Ref: 80541

It is an exciting time to join the School of Social Policy, following the recent relocation of the Sociology subject group into the School and creation of the Department of Social Policy, Sociology & Criminology. During this time the Department has experienced a rapid growth in academic staff, doubling in size and recently recruiting three Birmingham Fellows. This growth has created dynamic new research collaborations and opportunities. It has also enhanced our undergraduate degree curriculum, leading to the creation of an exciting Joint Honours Sociology and Criminology degree and Single Honours Criminology degree.

Over the next 5 years, our strategic priorities seek to further enhance the international reputation of our research and teaching programmes. We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and collegiate individual who can make a significant contribution to the following objectives:

  • To build our research excellence and profile in one or more of the Departmental thematic areas: Social Theory and Social Transformation; Crime and Social Harm; Poverty, Wealth and Inequality; Ethnicity and Religion; Migration and Asylum; Civil Society and Volunteering;
  • To attract external research funding that enhances our ability to produce high-quality research that is able to inform and shape key political and policy debates;

Duties Include:


  • Planning and carrying out Sociological research, using appropriate methodology and techniques.
  • Pursuing personal research including developing research ideas and winning support, including externally funded research awards.
  • Planning and publishing high-quality research in international peer-reviewed Sociological journals and monographs
  • Managing research activities, and/or supervise other research staff
  • Presenting findings in international conference proceedings and workshops/seminars
  • Developing novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued

Learning and Teaching

  • Using a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates and postgraduates students.
  • Teaching and examining Sociology courses at a range of levels
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and act as a mentor to encourage others to do the same
  • Developing and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate modules for the Criminology, Social Policy, Sociology and PPE programmes  
  • Undertaking and developing the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work, contributing to the final award - as a mark or as credit - such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations.

Person Specification

  • A PhD or equivalent qualification in Sociology (or cognate field)
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within the discipline of Sociology and cognate subfields
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels
  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high-quality results
  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
  • Experience and achievement  in knowledge transfer, public engagement
  • Ability to design, deliver and assess teaching programmes

Informal Enquiries - Dr Simon Pemberton, Head of Department of Social Policy, Sociology & Criminology. Tel: 0121 415 8025, email 

Closing Date: 31st March 2019

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