Teaching & Research Fellow/Senior Teaching & Research Fellow in International Security and Border Studies (103905 - 0621) . Job Reference: 1877159

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

June 29, 2021


Vacancy Type/Job category



Politics & International Studies


£30,942 - £49,553 per annum


University of Warwick - Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed Term Contract - 1 August 2021 - 31 July 2024

Applications are invited for a new Teaching and Research Fellowship (FA6)/Senior Teaching and Research Fellowship (FA7) in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick. The role is based in the UK and is a fixed-term contract for 36 months from 1 August 2021 with a teaching focus on International Relations and Security and a research focus on borders and migration. The appointment will either be made at FA6 or FA7 of the University of Warwick salary scale; this will be based on experience and candidate's ability to meet the appropriate person specification. The post is available at either 0.8 or 1.0FTE. Candidates are asked to specify the level and FTE that they wish to be considered for. The person specification below is for FA6, please contact the department for the FA7 person specification.

The Department values diversity, aims to challenge discrimination, and promotes equality. We are committed to strengthening our equality and diversity agenda both in relation to our community (students and staff), our research and teaching practices, and our curricula. Applications are particularly welcome from groups that are presently under- represented in PAIS, including people who identify as Black, Asian and other under- represented ethnicities, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQUA+ people, and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We endeavour to support all our staff in their work in PAIS.

You will be joining one of the UK's leading Politics and International Studies departments: in the 2021 The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide PAIS ranked 4th of 84 UK Politics Departments; in REF2014 PAIS ranked 1st for research environment and 4th overall on research intensity; and in the 2020 National Student Survey PAIS recorded the highest overall satisfaction among our Russell Group peers.

We are looking for an exceptional and inspirational teacher who takes pride in their work. The successful candidate will be required to undertake teaching duties (50% if 0.8 FTE or 60% if 1.0 FTE) in the area of International Relations and Security (IRS) in order to develop and enhance its teaching reputation in this area. Please note that in 20/21, the University of Warwick has adopted a blended model comprising a mixture of online and face-to-face teaching, which may continue in 21/22 depending upon the public health situation.

You will have the ability and willingness to act as Module Director and teach both core and optional modules in IRS at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You will also support the supervision of dissertations in IRS at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You will have a commitment to use and develop further e-learning tools and innovative teaching techniques within the classroom. You will be committed to valuing diversity in and promoting an inclusive approach to teaching.

You will balance your teaching duties with supporting the research profile (50% if 0.8 FTE or 40% if 1.0 FTE) of Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams during his tenure as the Vice-Provost and Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences. This will involve assisting in new research projects related to the international politics of borders, security, and migration, particularly in the contemporary European context. The successful candidate will benefit from opportunities to progress their own scholarly agendas – ideally in International Security and Border Studies – and access to career mentoring.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams via his PA, Lisa Bostock: L.J.Bostock@warwick.ac.uk or for further information about Department culture please contact Professor Shirin Rai (Shirin.Rai@warwick.ac.uk)

Interview Date - TBC

Job Description


You will undertake research, teaching, administration and other activities supporting the work of the Department of Politics and International Studies and developing and enhancing its reputation within and outside of the University.


Research To provide research assistance, including, but not limited to: qualitative data collection/analysis; literature reviews; event organisation; engagement with external stakeholders; dissemination of research findings; support preparation of academic outputs; attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences; and contribute to the external visibility of the Department and Faculty of Social Sciences.

Teaching To contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in International Relations and Security, including PO966 Concepts and Theories of International Security

To collaborate with members of the Departments of Politics and International Studies, to enhance and sustain our undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.

To undertake academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking and providing constructive feedback, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching and learning. To support and comply with the University and Departmental teaching quality assurance standards and procedures including the provision of such information as may be required by the Department or the University. To value diversity in and promote an inclusive approach in all aspects of work.

Administration and Other Activities To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Head of Department/line manager. To attend departmental meetings and to participate in other committees and working groups within the Department, the Faculty, and the University. To undertake external commitments, which reflect well and enhance the reputation of the University. To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work. The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Honours degree, or equivalent in a related subject (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 2

Emerging research profile in International Security and/or Border Studies (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 3

Ability to deliver high quality research-led teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in International Relations and Security (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 4

Contribute to devising overall departmental teaching strategy (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 5

Willing to work with the International Relations and Security research cluster to develop its research and teaching profile (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 6

Assist in the development of new modules and programmes (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 7

Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in relevant field (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 8

A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high quality research output (a) (c).

Essential Criteria 9

Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 10

Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 11

Understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of teaching. (a) (c) (d)

Desirable Criteria 1

International research profile in International Security and/or Border Studies (a) (c) (d)

Desirable Criteria 2

PhD or equivalent (awarded or near completion) in a relevant discipline (a) (c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Right to work in the UK If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under for a Skilled Worker visa in the UK points-based immigration system please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker Visa.

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

29 Jun 2021

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