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Assistant Professor in Sociology

The role

Sociology at Durham is widely known for our highly ranked programmes and the exceptional quality of our students’ academic work.  As we embark on an ambitious programme of investment to expand our research capability, there has never been a more exciting moment to join us.  As an Assistant Professor you will help to shape a successful future for our research identity and themes.  Ideally, you will bring research and teaching experience that relates to one of two established areas of research excellence: Higher Education and Social Inequalities, and Violence and Abuse.  You will certainly demonstrate methodological skills that complement those of the existing staff group in mixed methods and/or enable us to develop additional strengths in quantitative methods.  In return for your excellent research and teaching, you will benefit from a wide range of support.


You’ll need

  • A good first-degree, complemented by a PhD in Sociology, Criminology or a related subject (either completed, or currently in progress).
  • The ability to produce world-class research, including a research plan which supports the activities of the department.
  • Proof that you have contributed to research groups and can mentor early career researchers.
  • The confidence to supervise PhD students.
  • Willingness to develop successful research project proposals, with the scope to secure funding or generate income.
  • Experience of delivering high-quality teaching across lectures and in smaller study groups, with the ability attain fellowship of the HEA.
  • Confident leadership and communication skills, with the willingness to work collaboratively as part of a team.


If you haven’t specifically met the above criteria but have recently completed or are concluding your PhD and feel you have the skills needed to do so, then you are invited to apply for the role at grade 7.


How to apply

We value and promote an inclusive and diverse working environment at Durham and we welcome applications from all individuals. 

We prefer to receive applications online.  For this role we are working with our partner organisation TMP (UK) Limited and your application will initially be submitted to TMP (UK) Limited via our website. 

Please carefully read the job description for this post which outlines the documents which you will be required to submit, information about referees, contact details should you require further information and next steps including an indication of when interviews will take place.

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Durham University