Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in The History and Sociology of Science

The University of Edinburgh

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Application Deadline: May 1, 2014


We are seeking outstanding candidates for a Lectureship in History and Sociology of Science, within the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies Subject Group of the School of Social and Political Science. Depending on profile, appointment may be made to a Senior Lectureship.

We encourage applications from candidates with demonstrated teaching and research excellence and leadership in the history and sociology of science and technology.

This full-time, open-ended position is available from 1 July 2014.

Salary Lecturer (Grade UE08) : £37,756 – £45,053 per annum
Salary Senior Lecturer (Grade UE09) : £47,787 – £53,765 per annum

Closing Date: 5pm GMT on 1st May 2014

1. Job Details
Job title: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the History and Sociology of Science
School: Social and Political Science
Unit: Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
Line manager: Head of Subject Area

2. Job Purpose
The person appointed will be expected to engage actively in research, teaching, and administration, and to play a full part in the collegial life of the subject area and the School.

It is essential that the successful candidate present a research profile which is at the forefront of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS), and particularly in the application of historical research to illuminate and advance wider themes in STIS.

In addition to contributing to achieving the highest possible REF grade, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to provide leadership in developing and delivering research programmes in this area, and in achieving wider impact through knowledge exchange and engagement.

The successful candidate will demonstrate experience, achievement and outstanding potential in delivering and developing excellent teaching and supervision at all levels of university study. S/he will be expected to contribute to existing taught offerings provided by the subject group. Specifically, s/he will be expected to deliver an introductory first-year undergraduate course in the history of science, as well as contributing to other undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and playing an active role in developing and delivering new teaching programmes, including the development and delivery of e-learning and online teaching initiatives. The candidate will also assume a significant supervisory role in respect of postgraduate students.

The successful candidate will be expected to operate within an interdisciplinary environment that includes collaborations with other subjects in the School of Social and Political Science, and with other Schools across the University’s Colleges.

Appointment as a Senior Lecturer would involve, within the above, and from the outset of appointment, leading contributions in at least one of the following areas:

• Research development
• Teaching development
• The strategic development of the Subject Area and/or School

3. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
Lecturer

Essential
-A PhD or equivalent, either submitted or awarded by the time of appointment, except where exceptional experience can 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 undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and in the development of new courses;

-Evidence of sustained and developing research and publications activities Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, appropriate to career path and stage, meeting standards of world-leading excellence;

-Ability to become a research leader, to attract external research funding as an independent researcher, and to lead research programmes;

-Evidence of attainments in, or skills sufficient to the development of, a full range of supervisory activities from undergraduate 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
-A record of obtaining external research income;

-Experience of the supervision of postgraduate research students;

-Propensity to develop interdisciplinary engagements with other social sciences/humanities areas;

-Experience of knowledge exchange and/or engagement with public bodies and stakeholders and wider publics

Senior Lecturer

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

-A proven track record in teaching leadership, in curriculum development, and in enhancement of the student experience, appropriate to career path and stage, indicative of commitment to, and potential for, excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and in the development of new courses; and/or

-A proven track record in research leadership, and in attracting external research funding as an independent researcher; in developing research and publications activities in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, appropriate to career path and stage, meeting standards of world-leading excellence;

-Evidence of attainments in, or skills sufficient to the development of, a full range of supervisory activities from undergraduate 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
-Propensity to develop interdisciplinary engagements with other social sciences/humanities areas;

-Experience of knowledge exchange and/or engagement with public bodies and stakeholders and wider publics

Application Procedure
All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. 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.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on 1st Mat 2014.

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/UE09 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/UE09 and attracts an annual salary of either £37,756 to £45,053 (Lecturer) or £47,787 to £53,765 (Senior Lecturer) for 35 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.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

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Posted: April 07, 2014