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Senior Lecturer/Reader (Associate Professor) in Comparative Politics

Politics, Languages & International Studies

Salary:  Starting from £48,327, rising to £55,998
Placed On:  Monday 06 February 2017
Closing Date:  Wednesday 08 March 2017
Interview Date:  Thursday 23 March 2017
Reference:  DC4644

The Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies (PoLIS) is undertaking a key recruitment drive in the field of Comparative Politics with a Senior Lecturer/Reader post. Successful candidates will contribute to one or more of the department’s areas of research expertise in Comparative Voting & Elections, Comparative Political Parties, British Politics and Political Contestation. The Department particularly welcomes applications from those with a strong background in quantitative methods, understood in terms of the ESRC’s Advanced Quantitative Methods. The Department also welcomes applications from candidates with either empirical or theoretical research focus.

This is a dynamic time of change in PoLIS. In recent years, the University of Bath has seen rapid growth as it has secured its place as a leading university in the UK. Nationally, it ranked first in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Student Experience Survey in 2015, tenth in the Guardian’s 2017 University Guide, and eleventh in the 2017 Complete University Guide. Internationally, the 2016 Leiden Ranking found that University of Bath scholars were in the top 10% most frequently cited, while the Times Higher Educational Supplement placed Bath among the ‘100 Most international’ world universities. The University of Bath is a member of the ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Partnership and the GW4 Alliance of Universities in the South West. PoLIS has been at the cutting edge of this change, consistently producing research cited in leading journals in its core areas of Governance, Conflict and Security and Memory and Identity, as well as regularly appearing in national and world media outlets. The department also offers some of the university’s most prestigious degree programmes, including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Politics and International Relations, Languages and European Studies and Translation and Interpreting. PoLIS aims to deepen and enhance its research profile while maintaining its leading reputation in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. We are looking for future colleagues whose expertise and experience resonate with our goal of merging real world relevance with theoretical and methodological rigour. 

The University of Bath is situated in the beautiful World Heritage City of Bath and is part of the GW4 group of leading Universities (with Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter). It is 15 minutes from Bristol by train and 90 minutes from London and Oxford.

As part of the application process, candidates will be asked to state which post they wish to be considered for (Senior Lecturer or Reader).

Informal enquiries should be directed to the Acting Head of Department, Dr. Nicholas Startin ( Further details of the department can be found at

The University of Bath has a bronze award from the Athena SWAN Charter Scheme. Both the Department and the university are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community and from all backgrounds. We are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce. 


The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:
The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.