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Lecturer at Cardiff School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences is looking to appoint a new academic member of staff, at lecturer level. The post holder will contribute to the research profile of the School through academic scholarship and theoretically informed empirical research leading to published work of the highest quality; they will also deliver high quality and research-led teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

We are a large, inter-disciplinary school and persuasive applications are welcome from across the social sciences. We would be particularly pleased to receive applications aligned to sociology and social policy, with strength and specialism in the following:

  • Social theory (classical and/or contemporary)
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Inequality, poverty and deprivation in global perspective

Salary: £41,212 - £47,722 per annum (Grade 7)

This post is full-time, open ended and available from 1st October 2018.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 11th September 2018.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

To pursue disciplined and original academic research and publication, and to contribute to the provision of an exceptional university education for undergraduate and post-graduate students.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


  • To pursue academic research and scholarship in the social sciences, working independently and with colleagues, contributing to the overall research profile and performance of the School.
  • To publish academic work of high quality, rigour and originality, working independently and with colleagues.
  • To develop academic research plans and projects, working independently and with colleagues; to seek external research funding where appropriate.
  • To develop an academic profile and network, nationally and internationally, sharing and collaborating in the advancement of understanding.
  • To take responsibility for the supervision and development of postgraduate research students and research staff.
  • To play a full and active part in the wider research culture and practices of the school.


  • To teach undergraduate and post-graduate classes as per the teaching needs of the School and according to specialism.
  • To set, oversee, process and mark student examinations and assessments, including associated administrative duties; to provide students with challenging and constructive feedback on their work and pastoral support for their studies.
  • To supervise the dissertation and other independent study of individual students at undergraduate and post-graduate level, including the academic supervision of doctoral study.
  • To pursue teaching-related disciplinary and inter-disciplinary scholarship in support of excellent teaching.
  • To contribute to module and curriculum development at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


  • To engage professionally and imaginatively with relevant external organisations and academic institutions in the pursuit of opportunities for alliance and collaboration, as a contribution to the national and international profile of the School.
  • To contribute fully to the academic administration of the School.
  • To engage with the School and University’s civic mission: promoting social cohesion, health, wealth and wellbeing.
  • Any other duties not included above but consistent with the role, as directed by the Head of School.

Person Specification

Important note

It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.  Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 7618BR.

Essential Criteria

  1. PhD in sociology, social policy or related social science field.
  2. Clear and promising academic career profile and a definite sense of how that academic career might contribute to and flourish in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff.
  3. Strong and promising record of academic research and publication.
  4. Emergent and promising national and international academic reputation within field or discipline(s).
  5. Willingness and proven ability to identify opportunities for external funding in support of research activity.
  6. Significant experience of university teaching at a high standard and a strong commitment to the student experience, including pastoral support.
  7. Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning or equivalent qualification or experience.
  8. Ability to contribute to the delivery and continued development of the School’s teaching programmes.

Additional Information

Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences is a large, successful, internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching across a range of disciplines and subject areas, including sociology, policy studies, criminology, education, social psychology and social work.

The School is home to over 200 academic staff, working both independently and collaboratively on substantial programmes of research and scholarship, much of this institutionally supported. Academic and applied research collaborations range from partnerships with other major universities and international agencies around the world to work with local policy makers and practitioners. Over the last ten years colleagues in the School have secured research grants totaling almost £40 million (we have the highest per capita external grant capture of any Social Science School in the UK). In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework the School was ranked third in the UK for research quality in Sociology and joint fifth for research quality in Education. Cardiff University was ranked fifth overall for UK research quality. The School hosts a number of research centres and institutes, including: the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods; the Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre; the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement; and the Seafarers’ International Research Centre (SIRC).

 We are proud to share all of the above with a large student population, almost 1000 undergraduate and 300 postgraduate students in total, including over 100 doctoral candidates; we hold ESRC recognition for doctoral training in a number fields, including Sociology, Education, Social Policy, Criminology, Digital Society and Economy, and Science, Technology and Innovation.  Our taught and postgraduate research programmes welcome students from around the world.

Further details of the School's activities can be found on our home page:

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For further details about the position and working in Cardiff University please contact Head of School, Dr Tom Hall, on 02920 876288, or by email: socsi-hos-pa [at]