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Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods

1. Job Details

Job title: Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods

School: School of Social and Political Science

Line manager: Head of Subject Area


2. Job Purpose

The post holder will contribute distinguished teaching, research, public impact, and leadership in the field of quantitative methods in social science. It is essential that the successful candidate present a research profile, in both experience to date and in future potential, which is at the forefront of the area of activity. He or she will also demonstrate experience, achievement and outstanding potential reflected in a growing personal teaching, supervisory, research and public-impact portfolio. Experience of leadership of an interdisciplinary team or centre would be an advantage. The person will be appointed to a post in the Subject Area most closely aligned with their disciplinary focus – Politics IR, Social Policy, or Sociology. The post holder will also be expected to play a full part in the collegial life of the Subject Area and the School. The person appointed will become the School’s QM Director (including responsibility for Edinburgh Q-Step) for a duration of 3 years in the first instance, working with a Deputy Director.

The post is open to candidates with expertise in quantitative methods in social science and the teaching of quantitative methods. The post is linked to the University of Edinburgh’s participation in the Q-Step programme. Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training. Q-Step was developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates in the UK. It is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). For more information go to


3. Main Responsibilities

a) Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the Personal Tutoring of students on the School’s programmes, and supervision of dissertations, practical work and projects, and doctoral research supervision; assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the provision of detailed feedback to students; leading contributions in teaching and curriculum development and the design and revision of courses and programmes; contributions in eLearning and online teaching initiatives.
In particular, applicants must be able to:

• Develop and deliver courses which teach mathematics, statistics and quantitative research methods to social science students

• Embed quantitative research methods teaching into substantive courses

b) Leading contributions in research development; producing excellent research and scholarship, including the publication of peer reviewed articles in the highest quality journals; securing and managing external research funding and knowledge exchange activities.

c) Leading contributions in the strategic development of the Subject Area and/or School and in particular for this post the longer term sustainability and strategic development of the Edinburgh Q-Step Centre and related activities. For the first three years of appointment, the post holder will fulfil the office of School QM Director, including responsibility for Q-Step. During this period, the post holder will have (in 2017/18) up to 0.5 of their time assigned to the Directorial role, and then up to 0.4 in the 2nd and 3rd years of office. Further details of the role of School QM Director are included below.


Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page.

The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application.

The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

The selection procedure will involve an interview and a presentation attended by members of the School. Details of the requirements for the presentation will be included in invitations to interview.

Unless applicants signal that they wish to withhold their permission, members of the School will be given the opportunity to inspect, in confidence, the letters of application and CVs of those who apply for this post; and the letters of application and CVs of shortlisted applicants will be made available for inspection by all those attending any presentations prior to interview. References will be confidential to the selection panel.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm (GMT) Monday 3rd April 2017.


Complete job announcement can be found on the University of Edinburgh's Job Site (see link below).


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University of Edinburgh

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