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Lecturer in Childhood Studies, Department of PPS, University of Essex

The Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (PPS) is recognised internationally as one of the leading Departments for work that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, culture and society and the many psychosocial factors which influence our lives.

We are now seeking to appoint a Lecturer in the field of Childhood Studies to support and develop this new, innovative programme, incorporating a number of perspectives, including sociological and psychoanalytic.

Duties of the Role
The purpose of this post is to deliver and develop the taught programme BA Childhood Studies; to conduct high quality research, contributing to the Department's outstanding research profile; and to take up a key role in the Department.

Duties will include teaching and be a module coordinator in BA Childhood Studies; teaching on other programmes where appropriate, e.g. FdA/BA Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations, BA Therapeutic Care, BA Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies or MA programmes; taking on PhD supervision in your area of specialism, particularly childhood studies; and conducting high quality research leading to publications in peer reviewed international journals, and contribute the requisite number of high quality peer reviewed items to PPS' submission to the Sociology panel in REF 2021.

Key responsibilities at this level involve contributing to excellence in education by designing and delivering substantive and effective teaching and learning support, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; engaging in individual and/or collaborative research activity (resulting in internationally excellent publications) that is in keeping with REF criteria; generating external research funding, including in collaboration with colleagues, appropriate in scale to career stage and subject area norms; and enhancing the scholarly reputation of the Department and the University by contact with the wider academic community and the dissemination of knowledge via public communication and other activities.

The post-holder will undertake a full range of Education, Research and Leadership and Citizenship duties as detailed in the Lecturer (ASER) job pack.

Qualifications and Skills required
The successful candidate will hold a relevant doctoral level research degree in Childhood Studies or relevant area (or be close to completion of PhD), or equivalent professional experience or practice in work with children and young people. In addition, you will be a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy or possess the ability to gain professional recognition at this or a higher level if appropriate.

You will have proven experience in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, or demonstrable potential to achieve this and a commitment to the on-going evaluation of your teaching and an ability to do this effectively, with the support of others where appropriate.

In addition, you will possess the ability to conduct and develop independent, high-quality research, with evidence of a research agenda, engagement in high-quality research activity and a developing research profile with a clear publication plan for submission to future REF programmes.

A successful candidate will have the ability and willingness to play an active part in the administration of the department, and the willingness to become involved and take an equal share in extra-curricular activities within the department (e.g. open days; research student conferences; school visits etc.).

This is a permanent, full-time role on an ASER (teaching and research) contract. As an enabling academic environment for all of our students and staff we are committed to the principles of Athena Swan and equality for all. We particularly welcome applications from those who identify as female or non-binary and those from an ethnic minority to improve their representation in the Department. Please see the job pack for specific details of the start date of this post.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

Please see the further detail link below for a full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please telephone the Resourcing Team (01206 876559).


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