Job offer in Ireland Lecturer in Political Science at Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland, with a distinguished heritage and history. With over 24,000 students, 3,700 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m, Queen’s University Belfast plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland. As a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Queen’s University Belfast combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos.

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast is expanding and seeking to appoint a new Lecturer in Political Science (Equivalent to assistant Professor Tenure Track) available from 1st September 2019.

The successful candidates will have a track record of world-class research of the highest international standards to contribute to the research culture within the School. They will contribute to the development of the School’s undergraduate, Masters, and PhD programmes in Political Science.

We welcome applications from candidates with research interests in any area of Political Science, which will broaden our coverage in new areas, or strengthen our existing research specialisms. Candidates will contribute to teaching and research in areas which map on to our expanding graduate programmes, in particular our MA Politics and our PhD programme.

The successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate strong training in quantitative methods.

We wish to attract new colleagues who will contribute to our vibrant research culture. In addition to our Political Science focused research, we have a strong tradition of interdisciplinary work within the School and across the university with our existing links with such areas as, Law, Psychology and Sociology. Many members of our Politics team are also fellows of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, and we are recognised with two bronze awards (

The successful candidate must have:

  • Relevant degree with a PhD completed in Political Science or relevant subject
  • Evidence of high quality 3*-4* outputs for inclusion in REF2021 research assessment exercise.
  • Evidence of research publications in the field of Political Science of international standard in highly rated peer reviewed journals and/or a monograph with a quality academic publisher.
  • A strategic research plan in line with the academic standards for the grade
  • Demonstrate the ability to obtain external research income from prestigious research funding bodies.
  • Contribution to curriculum development, including module convening, appropriate to career stage
  • Ability to teach and assess courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, appropriate to stage of career
  • Demonstrated capacity to deliver effective teaching (e.g., good module evaluations);
  • Evidence of developing innovative teaching and assessment methods, and the ability to deliver high quality methods training.
  • Demonstrate Positive engagement with students to enhance their learning environment
  • Demonstrate ability to deliver high quality political science methods training.
  • Evidence of contribution to key administrative committees
  • Ability to advance the research and teaching goals of the School.
  • Ability to strengthen the School’s national and international research networks
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to students, academic colleagues and to professional bodies and managers.
  • Evidence of good interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Further information on the School of HAPP, including profiles of our research staff and details of our degree programmes, is available on our website,

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Viviane Gravey, email: or Dr Chris Raymond, email: 

Anticipated interview date: Monday 17 June 2019

Closing date: Wednesday 29 May 2019

For full job details and essential/desirable criteria please refer to the candidate information link by clicking apply. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria on your application form.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability.


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