Assistant Professor in Political Theory University of Warwick, Department of Politics and International Studies United Kingdom

Assistant Professor in Political Theory


Vacancy Type/Job category
Politics & International Studies
£39,992 - £47,722 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Permanent Position 

Applications are invited for an indefinite Assistant Professorship in Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick. The position is open with respect to specialism within political theory, but preference will be given to candidates who are able and willing to teach modules addressing historical political thought. 

Applications from female candidates and those from a minority ethnic background are particularly welcome as these groups are currently underrepresented within the Department. 

The successful candidate will be joining one of the UK’s leading Politics Departments: in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework PAIS was ranked 1st for research environment and 4th overall on intensity; in the 2017 National Student Survey PAIS recorded 94% overall satisfaction; PAIS is ranked 3rd in The Guardian and The Times/Sunday Times 2018 university guides. 

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable track record of delivering high-quality research publications ahead of REF2021 and a commitment to securing external grant income in support of their research programme. 

For an informal and confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Simon Caney (

Job Description



You will undertake research, teaching, administration and other activities supporting the work of the Department and developing and enhancing its reputation, both internal and external to the University. 


1. To make a full and active research contribution, both individually and in collaboration with others, to the Department’s objective of obtaining the highest possible rating in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). 
2. To publish research outputs in monographs and in appropriate journals of international standing, and to disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other appropriate ways. 
3. To secure, in collaboration with colleagues as appropriate, external funding through research grants or contracts to support a developing research and impact agenda. 
4. To participate actively in the department’s postgraduate provision by supervising doctoral research students and organising postgraduate conferences when appropriate. 
5. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the Department. 
6. To assist the Department in expanding its outreach activities within the local community, including contributing towards the success of our Widening Participation programme with school-age students. 
7. To contribute fully to the research plans developed by the Department, including providing such information as may be required by the Department to monitor the progress of each member of staff’s research programme and to support the Department fully in the preparation of material required for the REF or similar activities. 


8. To provide excellent and innovative teaching in political theory. 
9. To cooperate with colleagues in the continuous review and development of the curriculum and in the design and launch of new degrees or other academic awards where appropriate. 
10. To design and be responsible for the content of specific areas of teaching and learning within the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. 
11. To give lectures, seminars, tutorials and other classes as appropriate in support of the required teaching obligations. 
12. To supervise undergraduate and postgraduate project work. 
13. To provide support for students on fieldwork or exchange programmes as required. 
14. To ensure that student feedback on teaching is sought through questionnaires and other sources, and to respond constructively to such feedback. 
15. To maintain a broad knowledge of up-to-date research and scholarship in relevant fields to ensure that teaching meets the standards expected within a research-led University. 
16. To undertake academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high-quality teaching. 
17. To support and comply with the University and Departmental teaching quality assurance standards and procedures, including Equality and Diversity policies and practice, and the provision of such information as may be required by the Department or the University. 

Administration and Other Activities 

18. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Head of Department. 
19. To attend departmental meetings and to participate in other committees and working groups with the Department, the Faculty and the University. 
20. To participate in relevant professional duties. 
21. To engage in continuous professional development. 
22. To undertake external commitments, which reflect well on and enhance the reputation of the University. 
23. To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work. 
The duties and responsibilities outlined above are not intended to be an exhaustive list but to provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post-holder will be required to be flexible in his/her duties.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.


Essential Criteria 1
A PhD in a relevant discipline (a)
Essential Criteria 2
An innovative research agenda in political theory (a), (c), (d)
Essential Criteria 3
A record of high quality publications and a clear strategy to develop world-leading publications for REF2021 (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 4
A commitment to attracting external research grant income in support of your programme of research, including a willingness to lead future individual and/or collaborative bids for external research funding (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 5
A commitment to non-academic impact. Non-academic impact occurs where research findings benefit non-academic populations (business, professional practitioners, communities, end-users, service users, stakeholders, charities, policy makers, etc) (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 6
Ability and willingness to teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules in political theory, particularly an undergraduate module addressing historical political thought from the 17th Century to the present day. (a), (c), (d)
Further Particulars
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website. 

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.


Other Information
The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010. 

Right to work in the UK 

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under Tier 2 of the UK points-based immigration system 
please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship under Tier 2. 
Closing Date
7 Jun 2018

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