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Lecturer (E&R) in Quantitative Criminology

University of Exeter - College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £36,382 up to £47,419 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th October 2021
Closes: 5th December 2021
Job Ref: R77852

College of Social Sciences and International Studies

This full time, permanent post is available from July/August 2022.

The role

The post of Lecturer in Quantitative Criminology will contribute to extending the research profile of Criminology and the Q-Step Centre at the University of Exeter. The successful candidate will have a creative and ambitious research agenda and will also contribute to quantitative methods teaching in Crime and Data Science. 

We are looking to develop a BSc Crime and Data Science programme that will approach the study of crime using interdisciplinary methods and an international framework. Applications from candidates with skills that would complement this endeavour with specialisms in any area of Criminology are welcome. Candidates with interests in computational social science and social data studies are strongly encouraged to apply. 

About you

For a Lecturer post you will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in Criminology, Sociology, data science, or a related field and have an independent, internationally-recognised research programme in a relevant active field of research
  • A strong record in attracting funding for research, or demonstrable potential to attract such funding.
  • Quantitative/computational methods experience
  • An active approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research
  • Enthusiasm for delivering high quality undergraduate programmes
  • Enthusiasm for teaching quantitative methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Strong connections and funded projects with business and community partners
  • Involvement in projects which develop impact.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification available on our website for full details of this role

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.                                                 

Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Criminology at Exeter is part of a diverse, collegial, and pluralistic department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology and the Exeter Q-Step Centre. The last two national research assessment exercises (REF2014 and RAE2008) have placed us firmly in the top five UK departments. We offer a diverse and globalised teaching curriculum at undergraduate level. Over half of our staff members are non-UK and we warmly welcome applications from international candidates, as well as those from women, ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and applicants with disabilities. 

This postholder will join an interdisciplinary team of quantitative researchers at the Exeter Q-Step Centre.  Our mission at the Centre is to advance social science research using quantitative methods. We also aim to provide social science, including criminology, courses with career-enhancing training in quantitative research and computational methods. The Q-step centre is currently comprised of 8 academic staff (across Criminology, Political Science, and Sociology), 3 post-doctoral researchers, and 8 PhD researchers. It has have gained over £8 million in funding over the past 8 years and host grants funded by Horizon 2020, NORFACE, ERC and UKRI.  For more information about Exeter Q-Step Centre, please visit

Further information

For an informal and confidential discussion about the post please contact Director of Criminology programmes, Dr Katharine Boyd (tel: 01392-725644, email:

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