Job description​​​​​​

Post title
Professor of Social Science and Health
Department of Global Health & Social Medicine
Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Hours of work
Full time
Period of appointment
Indefinite contract

The role

The postholder will hold a joint appointment in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine and the newly established ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health. The postholder will dedicate 20% of their time to the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health.

Candidates should hold a PhD and have an established research profile in a field such as sociology, demography, social epidemiology, social policy, health policy, economics, political economy, or a related discipline.  Research areas might include but are not limited to evidence-based intervention and policy evaluation; social and political determinants of health, health systems and policies; demography of health and ageing; and life-course studies.  We particularly welcome candidates with a strong quantitative social science focus and with research interests in work, welfare reform and wellbeing. 

The Department seeks to recruit a dynamic international leader with an outstanding profile in their area of expertise.  A proven track record of managing research teams is essential.  The successful candidate will be expected to co-lead the Centre’s workstream addressing the changing contexts of
work, welfare, and wellbeing.  The post holder will collaborate closely with the interdisciplinary team of researchers based in the Centre, and with our national and international partners.
The postholder will also be expected to make a major contribution to teaching on the Department’s Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching programmes, and to provide academic leadership in teaching and student supervision at all levels.  Experience or familiarity with the academic environment in the UK will be an advantage.  The person appointed will also be expected to carry their share of administrative duties within the Department and will be part of the Centre’s management group.  A commitment to collegiality is essential, as is the ability and willingness to engage with the community. 

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities

  • To lead, undertake, and publish high-quality research, developing a portfolio of individual/joint research projects with high quality outputs in line with the Departmental, School and College research strategies and international research profile.

  • To lead and undertake high-quality empirical and analytical research in the framework of the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health.  

  • To take an active role in securing external major funding for research activities to underpin the long-term growth of the activity, for example from the ESRC or ERC.
  • To take a significant leadership role within the Department, be part of the management team and contribute to leadership within the School of Global Affairs.  

  • To contribute to the ongoing development and design of Global Health and Social Medicine teaching in the Department and the College.

  • To take an active role in the planning, organisation, and delivery of teaching activities within the Department in accordance with established practice.

  • To participate fully in assessment and examination processes as appropriate using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their learning, and to assist students with difficulties.

  • To undertake the supervision of postgraduate research, at Masters and PhD levels.

  • To promote the aims of the next generation of academics by mentoring early career researchers and junior staff as required.

  • To be PI or Co-I in external grants of continuous stream of funding that bring research posts to the Department.

  • To carry out major external roles (e.g., within a professional association on advisory boards, within a research council, etc) (Reader level).

  • To engage in external academic activities in accordance with the Department, School and Faculty’s research strategy, and which will enhance its national/international research profile (Reader level).

  • To contribute to performance and development review processes as appropriate in accordance with the university’s strategy.

  • To engage in professional development as appropriate to update skills, and to support teaching excellence.

  • To accept senior academic responsibility within the Department and School of Global Affairs, involving efficient delivery of departmental administrative responsibilities as allocated by the Head of Department or School.

  • To demonstrate impact produced from own research, demonstrated by links with non-academic stakeholders and significant public engagement activity.

  • To lead teams and develop productive working relationships with others.

  • To undertake any other reasonable duties requested by the Head of Department.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post. ​​​​​​​