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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer (E&R) in Sociology of Agriculture and Food

University of Exeter - College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £36,382 on Grade F for Lecturer, and from £46,042 on Grade G for Senior Lecturer, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 28th September 2021
Closes: 9th November 2021
Job Ref: P76568

This full-time post is available from 1 August 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter) on a permanent basis.

The role
The University of Exeter is seeking to appoint a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer within the Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR) in the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology (SPA).

The CRPR works on a broad range of issues related to agriculture, land use and environmental stewardship, and food from farm to fork. Current research includes work on: farmer livelihoods in the wake of Brexit and the ongoing restructuring of agricultural markets; sustainable land use and natural resource management in the context of climate change and diminishing biodiversity; science, technology and innovation in farming and the food trade; wellbeing and community resilience in a changing countryside; farming, food and cultural heritage; healthy, sustainable diets for the 21st century; and food security, poverty and food justice. Candidates with interests in these and related areas are encouraged to apply.

In addition to undertaking research that strengthens the CRPR’s research portfolio, the appointee will also contribute to teaching on existing modules in the areas of food and farming at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels as required, as well as supervising PhD researchers.

You will be joining an interdisciplinary Department that has an outstanding international reputation. SPA was submitted to the Sociology review panel in the 2014 REF, and placed 4th nationally (when power is taken into account; 100% of research staff were submitted). This is a testament to the Department’s vibrant and strongly inter- and trans-disciplinary research culture.

About you
For a Lecturer post you will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in Sociology or a related discipline such as Anthropology or Geography and have an independent, internationally-recognised research programme in a relevant active field of research.
  • A strong record in attracting funding for research, or demonstrate potential to attract such funding.
  • An active approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research.
  • Enthusiasm for delivering high quality undergraduate programmes.
  • Strong connections and funded projects with business and community partners.
  • Involvement in projects which develop impact.

For a Senior Lecturer post, in addition to the above, you will also have:

  • A strong potential for research leadership.
  • A track record in refereed publications and success in significant grant capture.
  • Relationships with external organisations and funders/ and knowledge and experience of key sectors or business challenges.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research.
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly.
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development.
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career.
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy.
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.

Please ensure you read our Job Description and Person Specification (available on the university's website, accessed by the apply button) for full details of this role.

The closing date for applications is 9 November 2021.

For further information please contact Professor Harry West:

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