Assistant Professor (Research and Education)

Full-time Permanent University of Birmingham in Education and Training
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  • Post Date : May 31, 2022
  • Salary: £42,149.00 - £56,587.00 / Per Annum
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Assistant Professor (Research and Education) – Political Science and International Studies – School of Government – 99633  (220000Z4)

 

 

 

Position Details

School of Government, College of Social Sciences
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £42,149 to £50,296. With potential progression once in post to £56,587 a year
Grade 8
Full time
Permanent
Closing Date: 30 September 2022 (We will start reviewing applications on 30th June and will invite for interview shortly thereafter if we have a sufficient number of suitable applicants. If all positions are filled prior to the final closing date (30 Sept), we may close the advert, so we encourage early applications).

The University has introduced a revised Academic Career Framework and new Assistant Professors joining us will participate in a 5 year Academic Development Programme which will provide mentorship and development opportunities to support their progression to Associate Professor at the end of the programme.

For further information about the role, School and College, please click here: https://www.download.bham.ac.uk/vacancies/99633.pdf

The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) in the School of Government at the University of Birmingham welcomes applications at all levels of seniority from candidates with research and teaching interests in Politics/Political Science.

We are looking for candidates who can make distinctive contributions in the broad disciplines of politics/political science. We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants with research and teaching expertise in the following sub-disciplines:
Environmental Politics and Sustainability
Applied Data Science
Democracy, Representation and Accountablity
Regional Specialisms in the politics of one (or both) of:
India & South Asia
China & East ASsia

The department’s teaching and research vision for the coming decade is broad and ambitious. We seek colleagues who can both undertake pioneering research and develop exciting and intellectually stimulating modules. In return, POLSIS provides a supportive environment, enabling colleagues to engage internationally, build networks and deliver excellent teaching and research. Staff are encouraged and supported to be innovative in their teaching, enabling students to thrive and build firm foundations in the discipline. Resources and support are provided to encourage and assist staff in writing, grant capture and impact and engagement activities.
The School of Government comprises the Department of Political Science and International Studies, the Institute of Local Government Studies, and the International Development Department. We are one of the largest Schools of Government in the United Kingdom – home to more than 80 full-time academic staff, more than 1,200 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, and more than 70 doctoral researchers. The School is intellectually vibrant with an excellent record in both research and teaching.
Summary of Role

You will contribute to a range of research, teaching and administration.  In addition you will be expected to demonstrate academic citizenship, developing and maintaining generous, mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with all staff and students, and ensuring the way you carry out your role impacts positively on how others can carry out theirs.

Teaching is likely to include a substantial contribution to: (a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability.  The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including: (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, (b) supervising and examining PhD students, and (c) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

Research is likely to involve initiating, conducting and disseminating original research.   Your research will have measurable outcomes reflect in your growing national (and ideally international) reputation.

Management and administration is likely to involve contributions at Departmental and School level, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/leadership activities (e.g. working groups) within the University. This may include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activities at Department/School level or further within the University.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

Education 
•    Using a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students, including (as appropriate):
•    teaching and examining courses at a range of levels;
•    planning and reviewing your own teaching approaches and encouraging others to do the same;
•    designing contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging curriculum content;
•    working collaboratively with colleagues to design and deliver teaching, learning and assessment;
•    using digital resources/environments effectively to support learning and assessment;
•    developing programme proposals and making substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely;
•    where appropriate, undertaking and developing the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining;
•    developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods;
•    developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement,  public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and       which benefits the College and University;
•    devising and supervising projects, student dissertations and practical work.

Research
•    Planning and carrying out research, including (as appropriate):
•    planning and publishing high quality research, including winning financial support;
•    project managing research activities, and/or supervising other research staff;
•    presenting findings in publications and conference proceedings;
•    effectively supervising and mentoring PhD students or early Career Researchers;
•    providing expert advice to staff and students within the discipline;
•    participating in research-related enabling activities such as adding value to a cross disciplinary network;
•    applying knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding;
•    developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of benefit to the College and the University, including             ensuring that the impact of your activities is realised fully and the impact is documented.

Management/Administration
•    Contributing to Departmental/School administration, including:
•    contributing to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the Department/School;
•    leading and managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive);
•    advising on personal development of colleagues and students;
•    making a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups);
•    managing enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities;
•    developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach.
•    actively manages equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour.

Citizenship 
•    Contributing to an inclusive working environment:
•    demonstrating a willingness to be involved in a variety of activities supporting University life (e.g., participation in graduation, Departmental/School committees);
•    demonstrating support for colleagues, such as sharing resources, providing advice;
•    willingness to volunteer for one-off duties (such as supporting School, Institute, and Departmental projects);
•    positively engaging in School strategic initiatives;
•    proactive support and involvement in activities specifically contributing to a positive and inclusive community spirit across the School/College/University.

Person Specification

•    Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD), or close to completion, or equivalent qualifications
•    Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
•    Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/research
•    Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels

Teaching
•    Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes
•    Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching, and advising colleagues
•    Experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability

Research
•    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, enterprise and similar activity

Management Administration
•    Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes
•    Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
•    Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
•    Experience of championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in own work area
•    Ability to monitor and evaluate the extent to which equality and diversity legislation, policies, procedures are applied
•    Ability to identify issues with the potential to impact on protected groups and take appropriate action

We particularly welcome applications from female, black and minority ethnic candidates who are underrepresented in the School. We are happy to discuss flexible working.
Our sister department (the Institute of Local Government Studies – INLOGOV) is also recruiting and we may share details of suitable candidates with them unless requested otherwise.
Informal enquiries are welcomed – please contact one of the following: Professor René Lindstädt (Head of School of Government) at R.Lindstaedt@bham.ac.uk; Dr Richard North (Head of POLSIS) at R.North.2@bham.ac.uk; Dr. Julie Gilson at j.a.gilson@bham.ac.uk or Professor Stefan Wolff at s.wolff@bham.ac.uk

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment
We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working. 

 

 

 

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Primary Location

 GB-GB-Birmingham

Job

 Academic Non-clinical

Organization

 Government

Schedule

 Regular

 Full-time

Job Posting

 25.05.2022, 12:00:00 AM

Grade (for job description) Grade 8

Advert Close Date

 30.09.2022, 11:59:00 PM

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