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Assistant / Associate Professor - Social Sciences

The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS)

The London Interdisciplinary School

London, England, United Kingdom

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OUR MISSION

The challenges humanity is facing aren’t the stuff of dystopia, science fiction or textbooks. They’re happening today - and they’ve never been more complex and interconnected. 

Yet our higher education system is still structured in silos, leaving graduates ill-equipped to tackle the complexity that surrounds them. The next generation is now demanding to learn in a different way. That’s where the London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) comes in. 

LIS is a startup university that equips students with an interdisciplinary toolkit to tackle the complex, real-world problems of the 21st century. With a world-class faculty, three exceptional founding cohorts and close partnerships with global organisations, such as McKinsey, innocent drinks, PwC and the Cabinet Office, LIS is building a new type of education for those who want to shape the world, not just fit in. 

We are the first new UK education institution for 50 years to have full degree-awarding power from inception, and offer undergraduate, masters, as well as professional development programmes that take a ground-breaking interdisciplinary approach to education.  

We are now in the third year of operations since the launch of our BASc in 2021. The first cohort of masters’ students graduated in December 2023. The successful applicant for this post would therefore be joining us at an exciting time of development, growth, and consolidation. 

ABOUT THE ROLE 

We are looking for an Assistant / Associate Professor with expertise in a social sciences discipline, where some interdisciplinary experience would be desirable, for example in behavioural science, public health, or a similarly interdisciplinary field. 

In this role, you will contribute to our research and teaching portfolio, thanks to your experience investigating and engaging with complex, real-world problems in areas such as mental health, public health interventions, epidemiology, or similar.  

We are looking for someone who can deliver engaging and innovative teaching in social science research methods such as:  

  • content analysis 
  • thematic analysis 
  • narrative analysis 
  • participant observation 
  • interviews 
  • focus groups 
  • surveys 

Some experience with quantitative methods would be desirable, for example in: 

  • experimental design / hypothesis testing 
  • modelling 
  • network analysis 
  • data analysis 

We seek entrepreneurial academics, in the widest sense, with the ambition to create impactful learning and research experiences for students and the wider LIS community.  

Salaries are aligned with the wider Higher Education sector and may range from approximately £40,000 to £60,000, depending on experience. 

Additional Information 

We are looking for a successful applicant to join our team from September 1st, 2024 at the latest. The role is for a permanent contract. 

The role may have a soft onboarding process and the involvement of successful applicants immediately on a smaller fractionality or another basis (e.g., consultancy). We are happy to consider some flexible working arrangements.  

Please submit your CV and a cover letter as part of your application. Candidates who are successful in the first round will be asked to present a video on a topic to be clarified in due course. Those selected for the shortlist will be invited to carry out an in-person teaching session with some of our students as well as a panel interview made up of Faculty and other LIS personnel.  

Closing date: March 25th, 2024 Midnight. Interviews will be scheduled in due course.  We may close the vacancy early if we find the right candidate, so we encourage you to apply early. 

We are only able to consider candidates with the eligibility to work in the UK. LIS is committed to diversity, equality and inclusion in the hiring of its staff, and in all aspects of staff training, remuneration, development and performance management. 

Requirements

Essential 

  • Experience teaching and researching in an area characterised by the complex, real-world problems that lend themselves to interdisciplinary approaches 
  • Experience using and teaching qualitative methods such as those listed above  
  • Desire to work in an interdisciplinary context - there are no departments at LIS - and to work in collaboration with external organisations 
  • Ability to work effectively as part of faculty and wider teams and to participate in wider LIS activities including pastoral support, admissions and recruitment 
  • A PhD in a relevant discipline (or near completion) 

Desirable 

  • Experience using and teaching quantitative methods such as those listed above 
  • Experience using and teaching mixed methods theory  
  • Experience teaching at postgraduate level (UK FHEQ Level 7 or above) 
  • Experience in a relevant professional field 

Benefits

  • Permanent contract, ideally 1.0FTE. 
  • Salary of approx. £40,000 to £60,000 depending on experience. 
  • All LIS Faculty have a portion of their contract dedicated to research activity. 
  • 30 days annual leave pro rata. 
  • Monthly fitness contribution and, on successful completion of the probationary period, company-sponsored health plan.  
  • £1,000 annual learning budget to spend on development activities. 
  • The opportunity to join a mission-led, fast-growing organisation that is changing higher education. 

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Today’s problems are more interconnected, complex and urgent than ever before. Existing universities can’t adapt quickly enough to equip students/graduates to tackle them.

At LIS, we're building a new, world class university that is fit to tackle some of the global challenges facing society; teaching universally recognised intellectual tools and practical knowledge, through applied real-time projects.

We have an exceptional faculty of teachers, access to the best academics across London and close partnerships with world leading organisations (Innocent, Virgin, and the Met Police).

The doors opened in 2021 and we have ambitious growth plans to build the LIS alumni network.

The School's Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy aims to ensure that the School treats all applicants for jobs who have a criminal record fairly, and does not discriminate unfairly against candidates with either a spent on unspent conviction, whilst safeguarding the School, its staff, students, applicants and visitors. It sets out the basis on which the School will seek information from prospective employees about past spent and unspent convictions, and the way in which it will deal with information relating to offences. See the full policy here.

Location: London
Salary: £40,000 to £60,000 (approx.) depending on experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 19th February 2024
Closes: 25th March 2024
   
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