Lecturer in Economic Sociology

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 04 Apr 2017

1. Job Details

Job title: Lecturer in Economic Sociology

School: School of Social and Political Science

Unit: Sociology

Line manager: Head of Subject Area

2. Job Purpose

We are seeking outstanding candidates who will further the School’s reputation in the field of sociology, with particular focus on economic sociology and social studies of finance. It is essential that the successful candidate present a research profile, in both experience to date and in future potential, which is at the forefront of the area of activity. She or he will also demonstrate experience, achievement and outstanding potential reflected in a growing personal teaching and supervisory portfolio. The person appointed will also be expected to play a full part in the collegial life of the Subject Group and the School.

The post is open to candidates with expertise in the field of economic sociology, and the subfield of social studies of finance. We particularly seek candidates that can combine a broad knowledge of economic sociology with specialisations in sociologies of financial and digital markets and their regulation, and in social and sociological theory.

This full time, open ended position is available from 1 August 2017. Consideration may be given to this post being part time, however the part time nature of this post must not be less than 0.8fte (28 hours per week).

3. Main Responsibilities

  • Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the supervision of dissertations, practical work and projects, and doctoral research supervision; assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the provision of detailed feedback to students; contributing to curriculum development and the design and revision of courses and programmes; contributions in eLearning and online teaching initiatives.
  • More specifically: contributions to teaching and convening courses in Economic Sociology at UG and PG levels; convening and teaching on Digital Markets and Society; contributing units to first and/or second year Sociology courses as appropriate; supervision of dissertations at honours, masters, and PhD levels especially where relevant to expertise.

    Also leading in the development of curriculum in economic sociology and its articulation with teaching especially in areas such as the MScs in Digital Society and in the Sociology of Global Change.

  • Producing excellent research and scholarship, including the publication of peer reviewed articles in the highest quality journals, securing and managing external research funding and knowledge exchange activities.
  • Helping to develop interdisciplinary research links around economic themes in sociology across the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (CAHSS), including economics, business, international political economy, social policy, and science, technology and innovations studies.

  • Sharing in the administrative responsibilities of the Subject and School, including the Personal Tutoring of students on its programmes.
  • 4. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


    • A PhD or equivalent, either submitted or awarded by the time of appointment, except where exceptional experience can suffice as an equivalent;
    • Evidence of recent, sustained and developing attainments in teaching, appropriate to career stage, also indicative of commitment to, and potential for, excellence in teaching, including ability to develop courses/programmes at postgraduate, and undergraduate levels, and online and distance learning.
    • Evidence of recent, sustained and developing investigative research and publications activities, appropriate to career stage, meeting standards of international excellence, and ability to attract external research funding as an independent researcher and to lead research programmes;
    • Evidence of research track record of or developing ability to undertake knowledge exchange and/or engagement with public bodies, stakeholders and wider publics;
    • Evidence of attainments in, or skills sufficient to the development of, a full range of supervisory activities from Honours dissertations to PhD theses inclusive;
    • Evidence of a commitment to collegiality and team working;
    • A combination of teaching and research which places the post holder at the forefront of the field of applicants for the position.


    • A record of obtaining external research income
    • Experience of the supervision of postgraduate research students
    • Experience developing and leading interdisciplinary teaching programmes
    • 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 via our Vacancy Website and submitting an up to date CV. 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.

    The selection procedure will involve an interview and a presentation attended by members of the School. Details of the requirements for the presentation will be included in invitations to interview.

    Unless applicants signal that they wish to withhold their permission, members of the School will be given the opportunity to inspect, in confidence, the letters of application and CVs of those who apply for this post; and the letters of application and CVs of shortlisted applicants will be made available for inspection by all those attending any presentations prior to interview. References will be confidential to the selection panel.

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

    The closing date is 5pm GMT on Tuesday 4th April 2017.

    Eligibility to Work

    In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

    To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

    For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

    If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, the University has the authority to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa) in accordance with current UK Visas and Immigration rules.

    For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website

    However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.

    If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts and come from outside the EEA, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.

    The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route offers a greater flexibility in your employment compared to other UK immigration routes, meaning you can, for example, move organisation, location and/or job role. By contrast with, a Tier 2 visa where you are ‘tied to a UK sponsor’. Tier 1 provides greater flexibility in undertaking additional engagements, such as collaborations and is intended as a route to settlement. Allowed absences from the UK are up to 180 days per year without losing the eligibility to qualify for settlement, with no restriction on the reason for absence (unlike Tier 2, where any absences from the UK must be for a purpose consistent with the person’s employment or economic activity, including paid annual leave, or for serious or compelling personal reasons).

    You would initially need to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK).

    Tier1 (Exceptional and Exceptional Promise) Endorsement Criteria

    Once successfully endorsed, you are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. More information on this entry route is available at UKVI Website .

    Conditions of Employment

    Pension Scheme

    This role is grade 8 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

    For further information please visit our Pensions website .


    The role is grade 8 and attracts an annual salary of £39,324 to £46,924 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

    The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

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