Person specification

The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate evidence of the following skills, capabilities and experience:

Education/qualification and training

  • Have a PhD, DPhil, JSD, or professional equivalent in Law


  • Have an established international reputation in research into the philosophical foundations of Law and/or Politics as established by outstanding contribution through research publications
  • Able to foster the strengths of the School’s research and teaching, with a special focus on the further development of the Politics, Philosophy and Law LLB programme
  • Able to exercise high-level leadership in the establishment and management of a research centre with ambitions of international excellence.


  • Have a substantial record of highly cited publications of original research (essential)
  • Bring a proven track record of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and successful supervision of PhD students (essential)
  •  Have a substantial record of high-level grant acquisition (desirable)
  • Experience of research translation and policy impact (desirable).

Personal characteristics/other requirements

  • Academic leadership to engage and motivate colleagues to engage in teaching and research into the philosophical foundations of law and/or politics
  • Ability to network externally, developing impactful networking events
  • The ability to build and cultivate effective relationships with academic colleagues and between the Law School and the departments of Philosophy and Political Economy
  • Ability to build upon the PPL programme and to develop teaching at postgraduate level
  • Be resourceful and imaginative, with a natural tendency to seek and capitalise on opportunities
  • Demonstrating persuasive and motivational skills and the ability to work with and through others
  • Being a strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.