Senior Lecturer / Reader in Energy Politics, Social Science (SOC074A)

We seek to appoint a Senior Lecturer/Reader in Energy Politics, who will lead the School’s MSc in Energy Politics and develop synergies with our other postgraduate programmes in Political Activism, International Relations, International Political Economy, Strategic Studies and the University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Transition.

School/Section: Social Science
Division: Unspecified
Staff Category: Academic
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 8
Salary: £53,348 - £60,022
Ref No: SOC074A
Closing Date: 29-JUL-2022


Job Description

The successful candidate should have completed their PhD in a relevant discipline and have experience of teaching and research in Politics and International Relations, with a specific focus on Energy Politics. The ability to teach Energy Politics is an essential element of this appointment.

They should have experience of undertaking tutorials and lecturing at various levels of undergraduate and postgraduate study. They should be self-motivated, flexible, and have an ability to engage the interest and enthusiasm of students, inspiring them to learn.  There should be a clear demonstration of an academic career trajectory, and a willingness to make a full contribution to the School’s activities.

The University of Aberdeen has an international reputation in Politics and International Relations and is distinguished by diversity in teaching and research interests, with very robust undergraduate and postgraduate student numbers.  We are proud to be the first UK University to operate on a dedicated campus in Qatar, offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with ambitious plans to expand the portfolio. The department of Politics and International Relations is a medium-sized Department within the School of Social Science and is experiencing a period of investment by the University considering our rising rankings on various Higher Education league tables. 

The successful candidate is expected to commence work on 1 September 2022 where possible.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 8 salary scale, £53,348 - £60,022 per annum, with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries should be made to Professor Michael E Smith, Head of Politics and International Relations, e-mail:

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa.  At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Lauren Storey, HR Adviser (e-mail: for further information.

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Job Reference Number:  SOC074A

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 29 July2022


The School of Social Science embraces a diverse working environment and recognises the many benefits this can bring.  Applications from individuals from across all the equality protected characteristics are encouraged.

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