Posted on: 6 September, 2019
Application deadline: October 4, 2019

Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in Sociology and Quantitative Methods, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Vacancy Ref: : 049244 Closing Date : 04-Oct-2019
Contact Person : Jonathan Hearn Contact Number : 0131-650-4242
Contact Email :
1. Job Details

Job title: Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in Sociology and Quantitative Methods

School/Support Department: School of Social and Political Science

Unit (if applicable): Sociology

Line manager: Head of Subject

2. Job Purpose

We are seeking outstanding candidates who will further the School’s reputation in Sociology and quantitative social science research methods. The successful candidate will join the Q-Step Centre and will contribute to its strategic aims to deliver School-wide research methods training (undergraduate and postgraduate) and also to industry through a short course programme. Thus, we wish to appoint a candidate with demonstrable excellence in teaching quantitative social science research methods to diverse audiences.

The successful candidate will bring a research profile, in both experience to date and in future potential, which is at the forefront of the area of activity. They will also demonstrate experience, achievement and outstanding potential reflected in a growing personal teaching and supervisory portfolio. While substantive specialisation is open, we welcome applications from candidates who complement existing strengths in the Sociology.

3. Main Responsibilities

  1. Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the supervision of dissertations, practical work and projects, and doctoral research supervision; assessment at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, including the provision of detailed feedback to students; contributing to curriculum development and the design and revision of courses and programmes for Postgraduate and Undergraduate students across the School, including online provision as required; working to provide structures and activities to support research methods around the dissertation process. In particular: convening and teaching on Sociology and School-wide quantitative methods courses at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Contributing to relevant core methodological courses including on the Q-Step programme and on the Social Research MSc.
  2. The post holder will have responsibility for the new ‘quantitative methods’ pathway that is attached to the Social Research MSc and will lead on plans to develop online methods training resources linked to the MSc.
  3. Contributing to the strategic development of the new School Research Training Centre that is currently under development, with particular focus on the quantitative methods training provision offered across the School at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  4. Working with AQMEN to develop a short course training programme including courses with Continuing Professional Development accreditation.
  5. Producing excellent research and scholarship, including the publication of peer-reviewed articles in the highest quality journals and securing and managing external research funding and knowledge exchange activities.
  6. Sharing in the administrative responsibilities of the Subject and School, including the Personal Tutoring of students on its programmes.

4. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential • A PhD or equivalent, either submitted or awarded by the time of appointment, except where exceptional experience can suffice as an equivalent. • Evidence of recent, sustained and developing attainments in teaching, appropriate to career stage, also indicative of commitment to, and potential for, excellence in teaching, including online provision and the ability to develop courses/programmes at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. • Experience in teaching a broad range of quantitative methods, at postgraduate and undergraduate level. • Evidence of recent, sustained and developing research and publication activities appropriate to career stage, meeting standards of international excellence, and ability to attract external research funding as an independent researcher and to lead research programmes. • Evidence of attainments in, or skills sufficient to the development of, a full range of supervisory activities from Honours dissertations to PhD theses inclusive. • Evidence of a commitment to collegiality and team working. • A combination of teaching and research which places the post holder at the forefront of the field of applicants for the position.

Additionally for appointment at UE09 Senior Lecturer: • A proven track record in research leadership, and in attracting external research funding as an independent researcher, and/or • A proven track record in teaching leadership, in curriculum development, and in enhancement of the student experience.

Desirable • A record of obtaining external research income. • Expertise in Longitudinal Data Analysis, digital data sources and in performing statistical analysis using Python. • Experience of directing an MSc programme or similar. • Experience of dissertation supervision. • Experience of the supervision of postgraduate research students. • Experience or interest in innovative teaching methods, with a particular focus on the pedagogic aspects of teaching quantitative social research methods. • Experience of knowledge exchange and/or engagement with public bodies and stakeholders and wider publics.

5. Job Context and any other relevant information

Quantitative Methods in SPS at Edinburgh represent not only a key point of connection across many of the School’s Subjects, but also between SPS and College/University developments such as the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) and City Deal (with contexts including Data-Driven Innovation). Along with other Methods and Research Methods areas, it also represents a key point of connection with the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

Candidates are requested to submit a covering letter, a CV, and two writing samples of no more than 8000 words in length each with their application. The selection procedure will involve an interview and a presentation attended by members of the School. Details of the requirements for the presentation will be included in invitations to interview.

Unless applicants signal that they wish to withhold their permission, members of the School will be given the opportunity to inspect, in confidence, the letters of application and CVs of those who apply for this post; and the letters of application and CVs of shortlisted applicants will be made available for inspection by all those attending any presentations prior to interview. References will be confidential to the selection panel.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not. The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Friday 4th October 2019.

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Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE08 or UE09 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

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The role is grade UE08 or UE09 and attracts an annual salary of £41,526 – £49,553 (UE08) or £52,559 – £59,135 (UE09) for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.


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Sociology at Edinburgh is highly collegial, with all staff sharing teaching and administration duties, with a culture that stimulates innovative but rigorous research. The subject area, and the School it forms part of, have grown steadily over recent years, developing new areas of research, launching new degree programmes, and recruiting new staff.

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SPS comprises the Subject Areas of Politics and International Relations; Social Anthropology; Social Policy (including Global Public Health); Social Work; Science, Technology and Innovation Studies [STIS]; and Sociology. The School also includes the Academy of Government, and the Centres of African Studies, of Canadian Studies, and for South Asian Studies. It hosts a Nuffield Q-Step Centre, enhancing quantitative skills training for social science undergraduates, the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) and the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Scotland.

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