Lecturer in Comparative Politics

University College London
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 11

Position description

UCL’s Department of Political Science & School of Public Policy offers you a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of all fields of politics, including international relations, political theory, human rights, public policy-making and administration. The Department is recognized for its world-class research and policy impact, ranking second in the UK in the latest Guardian rankings on research excellence in politics. 

Over 150 people make up the Department of Political Science including academic, teaching, and research staff, professional services, and MPhil/PhD students (for an overview of our research, see https://www.ucl.ac.uk/drupal/site_political-science/research).


About the role


The Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy at UCL is seeking to fill a position in Comparative Politics at the Lecturer level (equivalent of a U.S. tenure-track Assistant Professor position).

The salary will be on the UCL Grade 8 scale, £47,414 - £55,805 (inclusive of London Allowance). Plus £10,300 per annum Market Supplement.

We are seeking applicants with research and teaching expertise in authoritarian politics, democratization, and/or democratic backsliding, whose teaching and research interests complement and extend existing strengths in the department.

The post plays a critical role in the strategic research plan of the Department, as well as the expansion of its undergraduate teaching provision as its new BSc in Politics and International Relations expands to its full size.

This is an open-ended appointment which will commence on 1 September 2023.

When applying please include a CV and cover letter which should include a Statement of Research and teaching interests. Please do not submit any research papers at this stage.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Ben Lauderdale (email: [email protected]).

For informal queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Ajay Patel (email: [email protected])


About you


The successful candidate must have a PhD in political science or related subject (candidates nearing completion may be considered).

Evidence of proven ability or potential for academic research of internationally-recognised calibre, research expertise in authoritarian politics, democratization, and/or democratic backsliding, research expertise that complements and extends on existing strengths in the Department and experience of teaching which is relevant to the Department's modules at undergraduate or postgraduate level is essential.


What we offer

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents we also offer some great benefits some of which are below:

41 Days holiday (including 27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days) Hybrid Final Salary Pension Scheme
Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
On-Site nursery
On-site gym
Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service
Discounted medical insurance


Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong.

We encourage applications from those who are underrepresented in the sector and at UCL including but, not exclusive, to disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse people, LGBT+ people, people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, especially women.

You can read more about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion here : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/equality-diversity-inclusion/

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