Queen Mary Lectureships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Roles and person specifications

These 20 lectureships are permanent positions, open to candidates who can demonstrate that they are able to build on our existing strengths and add strategic, additional capacity to our core areas of expertise. They offer an early career route to formally enhance the lecturer’s development.

The Queen Mary Lectureships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The first three years are supported by the University’s Strategic Fund during which time the lecturers will work within both their host School and the interdisciplinary initiatives of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS), with opportunities to shape the intellectual agenda of the Institute, including where appropriate cross-Faculty initiatives. Upon successful completion of a three-year probation the lecturer will be confirmed in post and will be wholly located in their host School, but with opportunities to continue to collaborate on research across the Faculty.

The first three years of the lectureships will be geared to enabling early career scholars to develop their existing research strengths, as well as their next projects through inter-disciplinary initiatives and taking advantage of external funding opportunities. They will contribute to education provision within their Schools, but in the first year, this will be at a nominal one-quarter of a normal teaching load. In the second and third years, this will be set at one-half of a normal teaching load. Because of these reduced teaching loads, these lecturers will not normally begin their application for a higher education teaching qualification until the second year of employment (if none exists already).

Academic staff at Queen Mary are expected to contribute to the administration of the University. For the first three years, this contribution will be substituted with the work they conduct with the IHSS. There, they will provide the energy and dynamism for developing new research conversations and collaborations, as well as interdisciplinary projects that are aware of the opportunities available in external funding initiatives such as the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, among others.

Applicants’ expertise and research interests should ideally focus on the following themes identified across the Faculty, but applications are particularly welcomed from those with experience of interdisciplinary research which would connect to the activity of the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and who demonstrate capacity to contribute to the further development of the Faculty’s interdisciplinary links and foci.

School of Business and Management: Social justice, good governance and sustainability in business, organisations and society. In addition, applicants should demonstrate a good fit with at least one of the School’s research centres or groups: http://www.busman.qmul.ac.uk/research/research-centres/

School of Economics and Finance: All areas of Economics will be considered.

School of English and Drama: Digital Humanities, with a preference for expertise in the literary culture/history of the Medieval, Eighteenth Century or Modern/ Contemporary periods.

School of Geography: The science of environmental change and sustainability; Health and environmental justice.

School of History: All areas of History will be considered with a particular interest in the following fields: modern France; modern Russia; China; non Anglo-American Atlantic world; history of slavery; visual and material culture; environment.

School of Languages, Linguistics and Film: Translation and Digital Humanities, Film (Post Cinema, Immersive, Virtual and Augmented Reality), Linguistics (Computational Methods), Linguistic (Language Acquisition).

School of Law: All areas of Law will be considered, with a preference for environment, energy and climate change in respect of one of the positions.

School of Politics and International Relations: Sociology; Political Sociology; Social Theory.

The full job pack is available to download here.