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Professor in Social Policy

Social & Policy Sciences

Placed On:  Thursday 26 October 2017
Closing Date:  Wednesday 13 December 2017
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  DT5350-4

The Department of Social and Policy Sciences is currently recruiting world class research leaders who can drive forward innovative and forward-looking policy research. As part of its recruitment strategy, it seeks to appoint a Professor in Social Policy in order to expand our research capability and teaching excellence. Social Policy at the University of Bath is internationally known for the exceptional quality of its research and its highly ranked teaching programmes. As Professor, the successful candidate will play a key role shaping the future of social policy research in the Department and provide teaching leadership. The candidate will benefit from working in an environment which prioritises interdisciplinary, world-changing and world-leading research.

We are undertaking a UK and international search to recruit an academic leader with an established track record of independent and world-class scholarship in the field of social policy. Candidates must have an outstanding record of publications in top rated international journals, a sustained record of attracting major research grants, significant experience of leading national and international research groups or networks, and auditable evidence of research impact or successful collaborations with non-academic partners. In applications, candidates are asked to provide a brief statement describing how they represent world-class rigour and significance, how their scholarship will enhance the activities of the Department, and in what ways might they provide academic leadership.  

This is an exciting time to join a dynamic and successful Department carrying out cutting edge scholarship that engages with rapidly changing policy challenges. We welcome applicants with expertise that complements or significantly extends the Department’s research strengths in social policy. These include poverty and welfare settlements; employment and income; social exclusion and inequality; social policy development and analysis; policy, governance and power; social policy and the life course, and gender, immigrant, and other group differences in these. We are dedicated to exploring innovative methodologies and are keen to strengthen our research capability in data sciences and analysis of administrative or other ‘big’ data in relation to social policy research. We are also keen to hear from candidates that can provide expertise in comparative social policy and interdisciplinary analysis.

Applicants are encouraged to visit our website http://www.bath.ac.uk/sps to find out more about the Department’s research and teaching, and its three research centres: the Centre for Analysis of Social Policy, the Centre for Death and Society; the Centre for Development Studies. The Department also coordinates with the University’s Institute for Policy Research.

The University of Bath is based in an attractive, single-site campus that facilitates multi-disciplinary research. It is located on the edge of the World Heritage City of Bath and offers the lifestyle advantages of working and living in one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

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

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to the Head of Department, Dr Joe Devine by email J.Devine@bath.ac.uk or by telephone on +44(0)1225 383539; or to Professor Lynn Prince Cooke by email L.P.Cooke@bath.ac.uk or by telephone on +44(0)1225 383074

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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.