Professor of Politics

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We seek to attract a Professor of Politics to join our team at Queen’s. In the Politics and International Relations disciplinary group we have 29 permanent staff, working across International Relations, Security Studies, Gender Politics, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, Public Policy, International Political Economy, Electoral behaviour and European Studies.

The school also encourages and supports interdisciplinary approaches to tackling major research questions and many of our staff are fellows in the Senator George J. Mitchell Global Research Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

We have large and dynamic student body who make a significant contribution to the school. We are members of the AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium and the ESRC Nine doctoral training partnership which greatly supports our large PhD cohort and our efforts to develop the next generation.

The school has two ATHENA Swan bronze awards which signals our commitment to advancing gender equality in academia and we have committed to advancing this agenda across the school and the university.

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics seeks to appoint a Professor of Politics of the very highest international standing. The appointment is to undertake high quality research, deliver excellent teaching, enhance international connectivity and provide significant academic leadership in line with the School’s research strategy. The Professor will make significant contributions to the mentoring and development of early-career staff, support and enable the development of large-scale externally funded research projects, and support and enhance the ongoing production of significant and impactful research outputs of the highest quality.

The successful candidate must have:

  • A degree in Politics or a cognate discipline
  • A PhD in Politics or a cognate discipline
  • Recognised excellence and reputation – research internationally acknowledged as world-leading
  • Sustained publication record of outputs of world-leading quality that fully demonstrates a formative and lasting contribution to the field
  • Sustained record of securing and enabling large-scale research funding, awarded through competitive external peer-review processes
  • Sustained record of successful delivery of such funded projects, including the management of financial and human resources
  • Sustained record of successful PhD supervision, including demonstrated potential to develop PhD and postdoctoral funding sources
  • Sustained track record of invitations as keynote/plenary speaker at major international conferences/University named lectures; chair of major conferences/events
  • Substantial experience of teaching and assessment at University level
  • Evidence of ability to teach and assess core modules in Politics at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Substantial and significant experience of providing academic leadership at a strategic level in Higher Education
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the academic leadership of the School in general and the appropriate research field in particular
  • Outstanding contribution to the development of staff and students. Sympathetic to the needs of early-career researchers, with demonstrable ability to provide effective mentoring.
  • Proven ability to plan and deliver a programme of research and proven skills in coaching and developing others in best practice techniques
  • Involvement in productive external collaboration with leading international scholars and non-academic beneficiaries, with demonstrated ability to develop impactful international research and impact opportunities of the highest quality

Executive roles on, or committee membership of, major national and/or international bodies, and/or evidence of a track record of providing advice to governments or other significant universities.

Informal enquiries may be directed to the Head of School, Professor Alister Miskimmon, email: or telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 1415

Further information about the School can be found at

Anticipated interview date: Friday 5 April 2019

Salary: Professor salary will be determined in accordance with the Professorial ranges as applied within the University.

Closing date: Friday 22 February 2019

For full criteria and to apply online, visit You must clearly demonstrate how you are meeting the criteria on your application.

For further information or assistance contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN.

Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.

It welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as people with disabilities and females are currently under-represented within the Professoriate, it would particularly welcome applications from these groups.