FES | Federación Española de Sociología

Call - 2 Lectureships in Quantitative Socio & Socio Policy (Univ Edinburgh)

Details are available at

Social Policy https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=023189

Sociology https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=023188

Lecturer in Quantitative Social Policy

Vacancy Ref: :      023189   Closing Date :        07-Jan-2014

Contact Person :   Dr Alison Koslowski              Contact Number : 0131 651 1147

Contact Email :      alison.koslowski@ed.ac.uk

These permanent Lectureship posts are available from March 2014.

Salary: £37,382 - £44,607 per annum

Closing Date: 7th January 2014

Job Details

Job title: Lectureship in Quantitative Social Policy

School: Social and Political Science

Unit: Social Policy

Line manager: Head of Social Policy 

Grade: UE08

FTE: Full-time (although part-time of not less than 0.8 FTE may be considered)

Duration: Open-ended from March 2014

The Post

We are seeking an outstanding quantitative researcher and teacher to join the Social Policy subject area in the School of Social Political Science.

The appointee to the Lectureship will be expected to engage actively in research, teaching and administration and play a full part in the collegiate life of the Subject and the School of Social and Political Science.

Main Responsibilities

Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the supervision of dissertations, practical work and projects, and doctoral research supervision; assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the provision of detailed feedback to studens; contributing to curriculum development and the design and revision of courses;

Developing and delivering courses which teach mathematics, statistics and quantitative research methods to social science students;

Embedding quantitative research methods teaching into existing substantive courses;

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;

Sharing in the administrative responsibilities of the Subject, including the Personal Tutoring of students on its programmes.

The post is linked to the University of Edinburgh’s Q-Step Centre and the UK-wide Q-Step Programme. Q-Step is a £19.5m programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training. Over a five-year period from 2013, fifteen universities across the UK are delivering specialist undergraduate programmes, including new courses, work placements and pathways to postgraduate study. Expertise and resources will be shared across the higher education sector through an accompanying support programme, which will also forge links with schools and employers.

Q-Step was developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates. 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 www.nuffieldfoundation.org/q-step

The position is available on an open-ended basis from March 2014.

Essential Criteria

The successful candidate will have particular strengths in the application of quantitative methods. Experience of quantitative social science research is highly desirable. However, applicants working in other highly numérate disciplines may be considered. The successful candidate must have

A thorough knowledge of the theory and application of descriptive and inferential social statistics;

Extensive experience of using one or more commonly used statistical packages (eg SPSS, Stata, RS);

Experience of teaching with quantitative methods in a seminar or computer lab environment, and a knowledge of issues and debates in QM pedagogy.

In addition, the successful candidate’s profile will include:

A PhD, either submitted or awarded by the time of appointment, except where very exceptional experience might suffice as an equivalent;

Evidence of sustained and developing attainments in teaching, appropriate to career path and stage, indicative of commitment to, and potential for, excellence in teaching, and in the development of courses;

Evidence of sustained and developing investigative research and publications activities, appropriate to career path and stage, meeting standards of international excellence;

Evidence of attainments in, or skills sufficient to the development of, a full range of supervisory activities from Honours dissertations to PhD theses inclusive;

A combination of teaching and research which places the postholder at the forefront of the field of applicants for the position.

Desirable

Knowledge and use of one or more advanced QM approaches;

Knowledge of research methods appropriate to transactional, administrative or “big” data and/or social media;

One or more successful applications for externally funded research.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply via our Vacancy Website. 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.

We anticipate interviews will be held early in January 2014. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on 7th January 2014.

The post is full-time, although we will consider applications made on a part-time basis. If appointing on a part-time basis, we would be unable to appoint on less than 0.8 Full-Time Equivalent (4 days per week).

The selection procedure will involve an interview, preceded by a presentation attended by members and associates of the subject area, and by other constituents of the School. These presentations may be scheduled for the day preceding the interviews, or may take place on the morning of the day of the interviews. Details of the requirements for the presentation will be included in invitations to interview.

Informal enquiries about the University of Edinburgh Q-Step Centre and its activities may be made to Dr Alison Koslowski, Director of the Centre http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/social_policy/koslowski_alison

Professor Lindsay Paterson, Chair of the Centre’s Executive Committee http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/social_policy/lindsay_paterson

Informal enquiries about Social Policy at Edinburgh may be made to Professor Jeff Collin, Head of Social Policy http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/social_policy/jeff_collin

Unless applicants signal that they withhold their permission, members of the School will be given an 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 short-listed applicants will be made available for inspection by all those attending the presentations prior to interview.

References will be confidential to the selection panel.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, it may be possible for the University of Edinburgh to sponsor you to obtain a Tier 2 (General) visa to enable you to take up the appointment should you be successful at interview.

For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to UK Border Agency rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is Grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.

Salary

The role is Grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of between £37,382 and £44,607 for 35 contracted hours each week.

Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

Vacancy Details

Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology

Vacancy Ref: :      023188   Closing Date :        07-Jan-2014

Contact Person :   Dr Alison Koslowski              Contact Number : 0131 651 1147

Contact Email :      alison.koslowski@ed.ac.uk

The School is appointing to a Lectureship in the Subject Area of Sociology with a focus on quantitative social science. The successful candidate will further the School’s international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, and will be a key contributor to the activities of the University of Edinburgh Q-Step Centre, and its development and delivery of teaching in quantitative social science.

These permanent Lectureship posts are available from March 2014.

Salary: £37,382 - £44,607 per annum

Closing Date: 7th January 2014

Job Details

Job title: Lectureship in Quantitative Sociology

School: Social and Political Science

Unit: Sociology

Line manager: Head of Sociology

Grade: UE08

FTE: Full-time (although part-time of not less than 0.8 FTE may be considered)

Duration: Open-ended from March 2014

The Post

We are seeking an outstanding quantitative researcher and teacher to join the Sociology subject area in the School of Social Political Science.

The appointee to the Lectureship will be expected to engage actively in research, teaching and administration and play a full part in the collegiate life of the Subject and the School of Social and Political Science.

Main Responsibilities

The successful candidate’s main responsibilities will include:

Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the 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; contributing to curriculum development and the design and revision of courses;

Developing and delivering courses which teach mathematics, statistics and quantitative research methods to social science students;

Embedding quantitative research methods teaching into existing substantive courses;

Research and scholarship, including the publication of peer reviewed articles in the highest quality journals, securing and maneging external research funding and knowledge exchange activities;

Sharing in the administrative responsibilities of the Subject, including the Personal Tutoring of students on its programmes.

The post is linked to the University of Edinburgh’s Q-Step Centre and the UK-wide Q-Step Programme. Q-Step is a £19.5m programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training. Over a five-year period from 2013, fifteen universities across the UK are delivering specialist undergraduate programmes, including new courses, work placements and pathways to postgraduate study. Expertise and resources will be shared across the higher education sector through an accompanying support programme, which will also forge links with schools and employers.

Q-Step was developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates. 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 www.nuffieldfoundation.org/q-step

The position is available on an open-ended basis from March 2014.

Essential Criteria

The successful candidate will have particular strengths in the application of quantitative methods. Experience of quantitative social science research is highly desirable. However, applicants working in other highly numérate disciplines may be considered. The successful candidate must have

A thorough knowledge of the theory and application of descriptive and inferential social statistics;

Extensive experience of using one or more commonly used statistical packages (eg SPSS, Stata, RS);

Experience of teaching with quantitative methods in a seminar or computer lab environment, and a knowledge of issues and debates in QM pedagogy.

In addition, the successful candidate’s profile will include:

A PhD, either submitted or awarded by the time of appointment, except where very exceptional experience might suffice as an equivalent;

Evidence of sustained and developing attainments in teaching, appropriate to career path and stage, indicative of commitment to, and potential for, excellence in teaching, and in the development of courses;

Evidence of sustained and developing investigative research and publications activities, appropriate to career path and stage, meeting standards of international excellence;

Evidence of attainments in, or skills sufficient to the development of, a full range of supervisory activities from Honours dissertations  PhD theses inclusive;

A combination of teaching and research which places the postholder at the forefront of the field of applicants for the position.

Desirable

Knowledge and use of one or more advanced QM approaches;

Knowledge of research methods appropriate to transactional, administrative or “big” data and/or social media;

One or more successful applications for externally funded research.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply via our Vacancy Website. 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.

We anticipate interviews will be held early in January 2014. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on 7th January 2014.

The post is full-time, although we will consider applications made on a part-time basis. If appointing on a part-time basis, we would be unable to appoint on less than 0.8 Full-Time Equivalent (4 days per week).

The selection procedure will involve an interview, preceded by a presentation attended by members and associates of the subject area, and by other constituents of the School. These presentations may be scheduled for the day preceding the interviews, or may take place on the morning of the day of the interviews. Details of the requirements for the presentation will be included in invitations to interview.

Informal enquiries about the University of Edinburgh Q-Step Centre and its activities may be made to

Dr Alison Koslowski, Director of the Centre

http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/social_policy/koslowski_alison

Professor Lindsay Paterson, Chair of the Centre’s Executive Committee

http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/social_policy/lindsay_paterson

Informal enquiries about Sociology at Edinburgh may be made to

Dr Nick Prior, Head of Sociology

https://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/sociology/prior_nick

Unless applicants signal that they withhold their permission, members of the School will be given an 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 short-listed applicants will be made available for inspection by all those attending the presentations prior to interview.

References will be confidential to the selection panel.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, it may be possible for the University of Edinburgh to sponsor you to obtain a Tier 2 (General) visa to enable you to take up the appointment should you be successful at interview.

For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to UK Border Agency rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of

Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is Grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.

Salary

The role is Grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of between £37,382 and £44,607 for 35 contracted hours each week.

Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.