Job offer in Ireland Chair in Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast

Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we’re a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

The Sociology Chair at Queens is seen as providing a key contribution to enhancing the reputation and standing of the discipline within the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and the University. This significant appointment, as part of a strategic investment, will provide first class leadership to further strengthen Sociology on both a national and international level. The successful candidate will make a substantial contribution to the research and teaching activities of Sociology within the School, will provide academic and research leadership and mentoring, and will enhance the School’s international collaborations and research networks. In this, the successful candidate will be supported by an experienced and energetic academic and administrative team. The university’s flagship interdisciplinary research institutes and centres such as the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation offer opportunities for engagement with a critical mass of excellent researchers across a wide range of disciplines in world class research facilities.

Our five core values (Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Ambition, Connected) have been developed by staff and students. They express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we aim to behave and what we aspire to be as an 
international organisation.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Primary degree and/or postgraduate degree in one of the social sciences.
  • PhD in Sociology or closely related subject area.
  • Recognised expert in chosen research specialism, in the discipline of Sociology.
  • A sustained record of research publications of international excellence.
  • Proven track record of attracting and supervising research students.
  • Evidence of current major collaborative research activities including securing grant income.
  • Evidence of research impact.
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality teaching in Sociology at all levels.
  • Experience of curriculum development.

Full criteria can be found online at

Further information about the School can be found at

Informal enquires may be directed to Dr Andy Percy, email:

Anticipated interview date: Thursday 1 February 2018

Salary will be determined in accordance with the appropriate Professorial ranges as applied within the University.

Closing date: Monday 11 December 2017.

Apply online at For further information or assistance contact Human Resources, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as people with disabilities and females are currently under-represented within the Professoriate, it would particularly welcome applications from these groups.