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Lecturer in Criminology (3 positions available)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-016281

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 03/03/2021

Salary: £36,914 to £51,034 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

School/ Directorate: Criminology

Hours per week: 1 FTE

Contract Duration: From 01 September 2021

The Department of Criminology sits within the School of Social Sciences and is a research-oriented department delivering excellent teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students. To further strengthen our research and teaching portfolio in line with our strategic objectives, we are seeking to appoint three lecturers covering the following areas:

Prisons We are seeking to appoint  ONE specialist in prisons and penology, including in areas such as: the history of the modern prison; the architecture of prisons,; the experience of imprisonment and the social interactions that develop behind prison walls; the politics of imprisonment; issues of gender and race pertaining to a range of places of confinement (including immigration detention facilities); the particular use and trends of various prison sentences; prison education; human rights law, criminal law, sentencing law and prison law; and prison sociological research.

Digital technologies, crime and deviance We are seeking to appoint TWO specialists in the impacts of existing and emerging technologies on crime, deviance and harm reduction, and/or with a focus on security, vulnerability and enforcement in digital contexts. Specific areas of interest might include - the interrelations between crime and digital societies and digital economies; digital contexts and spaces as drivers and facilitators of (transnational) crimes; digital technologies and structures as methods for crime commission, and as central to regulatory responses. These posts will contribute to the new Digital Trust and Society Centre, led from Criminology, and play a critical role in developing cutting-edge scholarship in this area.

We are particularly interested in appointing one or more individuals with established research interests in quantitative criminology, social data science or computational social science to contribute to our growing portfolio of research and teaching in this area. Specific areas of interest might include: new forms of data; digital criminology; big data and technology; methodological innovation; natural language processing. Teaching areas may include quantitative data analysis, computational social science and crime mapping.

Applicants must have a relevant PhD (or be near to the award of a PhD) (or equivalent) and demonstrate the ability to produce high quality publications, meet flexible curricular and teaching needs, and demonstrate capability to contribute organisationally to the wider School community.

Applicants should have experience of delivering research-informed teaching at an institution of higher learning or should be able to demonstrate the clear potential to do so. Teaching duties will include lecturing and small group discussion-based teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. There may be opportunities for supervising postgraduate research students.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award which recognises our good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. All appointments will be made on merit.

NB: Please state whether you are applying for the prisons or the digital technologies, crime and deviance lectureship in your supporting statement.

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Judith Aldridge, Head of Criminology


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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