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Five new academic posts in Quantitative Social Science at the University of Bristol

25 November 2013

Five new academic posts in Quantitative Social Science at the University of Bristol

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol is committed to a substantial expansion of its capacity in quantitative social sciences and is launching an international search for five new members of academic staff.

The two Professor/Reader posts are in any field of social sciences and on appointment will be placed in the most appropriate School of the Faculty according to the appointee’s expertise and experience. These posts will be also based within the cross-Faculty Centre for Multilevel Modelling. We are seeking internationally outstanding applicants with strong leadership and collaborative experience, and an extensive track record of high quality, large-scale grant-funded research, plus highly-ranked scholarly publications. We are particularly looking for candidates with expertise in multilevel modelling or other advanced quantitative methods development used in the social sciences such as structural equation modelling, Bayesian modelling or spatial modelling. Both posts will be involved in teaching and supervision especially as part of the Advanced Quantitative Methods Pathway of the South West Doctoral Training Centre.

The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer posts are to support Bristol’s new Q-Step centre, one of fifteen such centres funded across the UK by the Nuffield Foundation, ESRC and HEFCE, with a remit to promote a step-change in the quality of quantitative methods teaching and learning for undergraduate social science students (see www.nuffieldfoundation.org/q-step) Under this initiative we are seeking to appoint three new academic staff, two in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS), and one in the School for Policy Studies (SPS). An essential pre-requisite for any applicant is a passion for using quantitative data to explore and to answer research questions of relevance to the social sciences, and a desire to nurture a similar excitement in undergraduate and postgraduate students.

All appointees will join the newly formed Collaborative Network for Quantitative Social Science at Bristol within which they will be encouraged to pursue cross-disciplinary research projects. The University of Bristol also hosts the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), known popularly as "Children of the 90s”. This is a world leading birth cohort study, and we are keen to develop new social science research based on ALSPAC data.

The closing date for applications is midnight 16th January 2014. It is expected that interviews will be held during February and March. The proposed start date for the posts is 1st August 2014.

To discuss any of these roles, please see the additional information in the further particulars.

[Note for overseas candidates familiar with US job titles that at Bristol lecturer level is equivalent to Assistant Professor, senior lecturer/reader equivalent to Associate Professor and Professor equivalent to Full Professor.]

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