Lecturer (E&R) in Quantitative Criminology

University of Exeter

United Kingdom

October 3, 2022


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The starting salary will be from £37,474 up to £48,841 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Lecturer (E&R) in Quantitative Criminology

Job description

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

This full time, permanent post is available in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. There is flexibility in relation to the start date (i.e. between January and July 2023), depending on candidate availability.

The role

The post of Lecturer in Quantitative Criminology will contribute to extending the research profile of Criminology and the Q-Step Centre at the University of Exeter. The successful candidate will have a creative and ambitious research agenda and will also contribute to quantitative methods teaching in Crime and Data Science.

We are looking to develop a BSc Crime and Data Science programme that will approach the study of crime using interdisciplinary methods and an international framework. Applications from candidates with skills that would complement this endeavour with specialisms in any area of Criminology are welcome. Candidates with interests in computational social science and social data studies are strongly encouraged to apply.

About you

For a Lecturer post you will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in Criminology, Sociology, data science, or a related field and have an independent, internationally-recognised research programme in a relevant active field of research
  • A strong record in attracting funding for research, or demonstrable potential to attract such funding.
  • Quantitative/computational methods experience
  • An active approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research
  • Enthusiasm for delivering high quality undergraduate programmes
  • Enthusiasm for teaching quantitative methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Strong connections and funded projects with business and community partners
  • Involvement in projects which develop impact.
  • Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment above.

    The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

    Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City. In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter

    With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University's commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

    What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon
  • Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

    Criminology at Exeter is part of a diverse, collegial, and pluralistic department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology and the Exeter Q-Step Centre. The last two national research assessment exercises (REF2014 and RAE2008) have placed us firmly in the top five UK departments. We offer a diverse and globalised teaching curriculum at undergraduate level. Over half of our staff members are non-UK and we warmly welcome applications from international candidates, as well as those from women, ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and applicants with disabilities.

    This postholder will join an interdisciplinary team of quantitative researchers at the Exeter Q-Step Centre. Our mission at the Centre is to advance social science research using quantitative methods. We also aim to provide social science, including criminology, courses with career-enhancing training in quantitative research and computational methods. The Q-step centre is currently comprised of 8 academic staff (across Criminology, Political Science, and Sociology), 3 post-doctoral researchers, and 8 PhD researchers. It has have gained over £8 million in funding over the past 8 years and host grants funded by Horizon 2020, NORFACE, ERC and UKRI. For more information about Exeter Q-Step Centre, please visit www. exeter.ac.uk/qstep.

    Further information

    For an informal and confidential discussion about the post please contact Director of Criminology programmes, Dr Katharine Boyd (tel: 01392-725644, email: k.boyd@exeter.ac.uk).

    About the employer

    The University of Exeter is a public university that focuses on research. It was established in the year 1955. In 1851, it was first formed as Schools of Science and Art. In 1900, its name was then changed to the...