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Lectureship in Politics and International Relations

Politics & International Relations

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £40,931 to £51,805 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Tuesday 20 December 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2071222CC

Applications will be considered from 0.8FTE to Full time

Applications are invited for Lectureship in Politics and International Relations (job title: Lecturer).  We are investing in several posts to further strengthen the thriving research, education and knowledge exchange culture of the Department of Politics and International Relations (PAIR) at the University of Southampton. 

The department has a world-leading reputation for its research in democratic governance and global political society, across areas such as political trust, democratic innovations, electoral behaviour, environmental justice, global health, migration, and development. It has a strong reputation in the application of cutting-edge research methods, ranging from political ethnography to experimental social science. 

PAIR is currently home to several major ESRC and ERC grants, and hosts holders of UKRI Future Leader, British Academy Postdoctoral and Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships, and the Jean Monnet Chair in European Security Governance. The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world Universities and one of the UK’s top 15 research–intensive universities. It hosts the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods.  

About the role

We seek candidates with a strong background in one or more of: 

  • International Security: critical security studies, global security, geo-political risk, defence policy and strategic studies;
  • Comparative/British politics: political and electoral behaviour, gender and representation, experimental methods and innovations;
  • Democratic and global governance: environmental politics, migration, global health, development, AI and the web.

All applicants will have expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. 

You will deliver research-led instruction, undertake internationally recognised research, and work with others to seek research funding. 

About you

  • You have a PhD (or are nearing completion) in politics or international relations or a cognate discipline. 
  • You will demonstrate that you can play a central role in furthering research within PAIR.
  • You have a growing national and international reputation; publish in internationally leading academic journals.
  • You engage and inspire students, effectively supervise them, and contribute effectively to the administration of our department. 

What we offer you

  • Outstanding professional development support through our Centre for Higher Educational Practice. 
  • A commitment to flexible working, recognising the requirement to teach on campus. 
  • Equal consideration of applicants wishing to work flexibly and those who have taken a career break.
  • An institution that has a Silver Athena SWAN and Bronze Race Equality Charter awards.

We aim for an inclusive environment that attracts, supports and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences from across the world. We proactively foster a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe we can only meet our objectives if we reflect our society. We are passionate about creating an environment where you are free to bring your whole self to work. We strongly encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people with disabilities and those from poorer/less educationally advantaged backgrounds.

Expected start date: between 1st February 2023 and 1st October 2023 (negotiable).

Further information: Head of Department, Professor Russell Bentley (

Application procedure:

Submit your application form at For assistance, please contact Michelle on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750. Please quote reference 2071222CC on all correspondence.

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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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