Deadline: 11 August 2017


The University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint a Career Development Fellow in Politics/International Relations of the Middle East, in the School of Social and Political Science.  Applicants should have recently obtained, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in a relevant area, and should provide evidence of ability to deliver excellent university-level teaching and research.

This full-time (35 hours per week), fixed-term post is available for three years from 1 September 2017. Salary: £32,004 – £38,183 per annum. Vacancy Ref: 040527

The post-holder’s responsibilities will include some or all of the following:

• Teaching and Convening of UG and PG courses, including leading the teaching of the core International Relations of the Middle East PGT courses, Middle East undergraduate honours options, and developing and teaching a further course for undergraduate honours students.
• Supervision of Undergraduate and MSc dissertations.
• Serving as Personal Tutor to UG and/or PGT students
• Teaching and convening of distance learning courses.
• Under certain circumstances, contributions to PhD supervision may be required.
• A programme of investigative research.
• Contributions in administration including possibly serving as programme director of one or some of our various PGT programmes on the Middle East.

During their appointment, the successful candidate will benefit from the advice and guidance of an academic mentor, as well as from the wide range of professional development and training opportunities provided by the School of Social and Political Science and the University of Edinburgh, including undertaking at least the first stage in the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

Main Responsibilities

1 Teaching, including the supervision of dissertations, practical work and projects at levels including Honours and/or MSc, convening courses and delivering lectures/seminars to UG and/or MSc students. An appropriately qualified and experienced post-holder’s workload may include contributions to postgraduate research supervision.

2 Assessment, including the provision of detailed feedback to students.

3 Contributing to curriculum development and the design or revision of course units, and to the development of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.

4 Producing research outputs of at least internationally excellent standard, and participating in research and Impact/KE activities.

5 Sharing in the administrative responsibilities of the subject area. This could include serving as programme director to one or another of our MSc degrees on the Middle East, as well as serving as a Personal Tutor to UG and/or PG students. The appointee will be expected to play a full part in the collegiate life of the subject area and the School of Social and Political Science.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


• A PhD or equivalent, either completed, submitted, or close to submission, in a relevant discipline – typically, where graduated, not earlier than 31st December 2013. The panel will take into account career breaks, parental leaves, and other factors which applicants may bring to its attention.
• Evidence of ability to undertake high-quality research and to author high quality publications at 4/3 level.
• Evidence of commitment to, and potential for, excellent undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and online and distance learning.
• Ability to design and deliver course materials and assess student performance.
• Expertise in relevant approaches and models, analytical techniques and methods.
• Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• A combination of teaching and research which places the post holder at the forefront of the field of applicants for the position.


• A track record of high quality publications.
• Evidence of ability to secure external research income.
• 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.

Candidates must submit the following:
• A letter of application
• A CV
• A sample of written work – a PhD chapter, draft article, or published piece of work – of no more than 10,000 words in duration

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

More information and application here

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