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The Queen Mary Lectureships in the Humanities & Social Sciences - QMUL17054

Department: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Salary: Competitive (Grade 5)
Reference: QMUL17054
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 20-Nov-2018
Closing date: 03-Jan-2019

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These lectureships are permanent positions, open to candidates who can demonstrate that they are able to build on our existing strengths and add strategic, additional capacity to our core areas of expertise. They offer an early career route to formally enhance the lecturer’s development. The first three years are supported by the University’s Strategic Fund during which time the lecturers will work within both their host School and the interdisciplinary initiatives of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, with opportunities to shape the intellectual agenda of the Institute, including where appropriate, cross-Faculty initiatives. Upon successful completion of a three-year probation the Lecturer will be confirmed in post and will be wholly located in their host School, but with opportunities to continue to collaborate on research across the Faculty.


The first three years of the lectureships will be geared to enabling early career scholars to develop their existing research strengths, as well as their next projects through inter-disciplinary initiatives and taking advantage of external funding opportunities. They will contribute to education provision within their Schools, but in the first year, this will be at a nominal one-quarter of a normal teaching load. In the second and third years, this will be set at one-half of a normal teaching load. Because of these reduced teaching loads, these lecturers will not normally begin their application for a higher education teaching qualification until the second year of employment (if none exists already).


Academic staff at Queen Mary are expected to contribute to the administration of the University. For the first three years, this contribution will be substituted with the work they conduct with the IHSS. There, they will provide the energy and dynamism for developing new research conversations and collaborations, as well as interdisciplinary projects that are aware of the opportunities available in external funding initiatives such as the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, among others.


Applicants’ expertise and research interests should ideally focus on the following themes identified across the Faculty, but applications are particularly welcomed from those with experience of interdisciplinary research which would connect to the activity of the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and who demonstrate capacity to contribute to the further development of the Faculty’s interdisciplinary links and foci.


School of Business and Management: Social justice, good governance and sustainability in business, organisations and society. In addition, applicants should demonstrate a good fit with at least one of the School’s research centres or groups:


School of Economics and Finance: All areas of Economics will be considered.


School of English and Drama: Digital Humanities, with a preference for expertise in the literary culture/history of the Medieval, Eighteenth Century or Modern/ Contemporary periods.


School of Geography: The science of environmental change and sustainability; Health and environmental justice.


School of History: All areas of History will be considered with a particular interest in the following fields: modern France; modern Russia; China; non Anglo-American Atlantic world; history of slavery; visual and material culture; environment.


School of Languages, Linguistics and Film: Translation and Digital Humanities, Film (Post Cinema, Immersive, Virtual and Augmented Reality), Linguistics (Computational Methods), Linguistic (Language Acquisition).


School of Law: All areas of Law will be considered, with a preference for environment, energy and climate change in respect of one of the positions.


School of Politics and International Relations: Sociology; Political Sociology; Social Theory.


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These posts are permanent with an expected start date of 1 September 2019. The starting salary will be competitive and no less than £41,682 per annum, inclusive on London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.


Candidate applications should consist of a completed online application form and an accompanying CV of no more than five A4 sides. To apply, please click on the link below.


Within the 5,000 character limit, the application should: 


- briefly summarise research

- explain how it fits with existing strengths at Queen Mary

- set out a plan for how research will be developed further over the next three years.


The panel will consist of staff from across the Faculty's disciplines but will include at least one specialist relevant to the candidate's broad research area. It is expected that many applicants may already be in possession of external funded scholarships and may wish to bring these to Queen Mary with a view to obtaining a permanent post, this should be made clear within the application form. 


The deadline for applications is midnight on 03 January 2019. Interviews will take place from February 2019. 


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Queen Mary University of London is committed to equality of opportunity and to advancing the careers of all staff. We actively welcome applications from under-represented groups including, but not limited to, applications from black and minority ethnic candidates.

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