Open Rank in Data Science (Political Science)

University of Essex

Colchester, UK

41,527 - £49,553


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The Department of Government at Essex are world leaders in political science, ranked top in the UK for research excellence (REF2014), 5th for politics in the UK (The Times Good University Guide 2018), top 10 in the world for political science and international relations according to the Centre for World University Rankings (2018), among the top 50 departments on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings. Ranked 5th in the UK for Politics in the 2019 National Student Survey (mainstream Universities) and having been awarded Q-Step Affiliate Status, we are committed to excellence in education and research.

The Department is now looking to make an appointment at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor level.

Duties of the Role

The post-holder is expected to conduct research and teaching in Data Science (Political Science). The substantive area of expertise can be in any subfield of political science and should be combined with data science approaches, including for example machine learning, automatic data collection, text analysis, network science and complexity, computational social science, analysis of big data, or other methodologies at the intersection of data science and politics. Applications from political scientists with a data science focus or from data scientists with a social science/policy focus are welcome.

The post-holder will (co-)supervise undergraduate projects, MA, and PhD dissertations. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to generate research income, to contribute to the administration and management of the Department, and to the local, regional and international profile of the Department.

Duties at Lecturer level will include contributing to excellence in education by designing and delivering substantive and effective teaching and learning support as agreed with the Head of Department and producing research outputs for publication at acceptable levels of volume and academic excellence and disseminate the result of research and scholarship through appropriate Knowledge Exchange activities.

Duties at Senior Lecturer or Reader level will include engaging in curriculum development, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and research supervision at both an individual and a strategic level and providing research leadership and engaging in activities that will enhance the research profile of the Department.

Duties at Professor level will include building up a sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to teaching and learning, as part of a wider commitment to academic practice and pursuing research that is world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour, in keeping with the REF criteria.

At all levels you will be expected to engage in individual and/or collaborative research activity (resulting in internationally excellent publications) that is in keeping with REF criteria and generate external research income appropriate in scale to career stage and subject area norms.

The post-holder will undertake a full range of Education, Research and Leadership and Citizenship responsibilities as detailed in the respective job pack of the level for which you are applying.

Qualifications and Skills required

Applicants will hold a relevant doctoral level degree in Political Science or allied field (or be close to completion of PhD if applying for Lecturer level), or possess equivalent professional experience or practice.

Applicants at the Lecturer level will be required to provide evidence of a research agenda, engagement in high-quality research activity and a developing research profile; and have proven experience in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, or demonstrable potential to achieve this.

Applicants at the Senior Lecturer or Reader level will be required to provide evidence of an established and internationally recognised research profile, with a strong track record of published academic output at international levels of recognition; a sustained record of effectiveness in education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and a record of success in generating external research income appropriate in scale to disciplinary norms and career stage.

Applicants at the Professor level will be required to demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels appropriate to the discipline; a strong, sustained record of academic publication at international or world-leading levels of recognition; and an established record of success in securing and managing substantial research grants (appropriate to the discipline).

Applicants at all levels will need to possess evidence of a clear publication plan for submission to future Research Excellence Framework (REF) programmes.

This is a permanent, full-time post on an ASER (teaching and research) contract. Please state clearly on your application form which level you are applying for.

The Department of Government is working towards a Scientific Women’s Academic Network (Athena SWAN) award and particularly welcome applications from those who identify as female or non-binary as they are under-represented in the Department.

Salary Guide: Lecturer £41,527 - £49,553 per annum; Senior Lecturer/Reader £52,560 - £59,136 per annum; Professor: On the Professorial scale, commensurate with experience and achievements.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

Please use the ‘Apply’ button to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here.

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