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Professor of Social Policy

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For this post, we particularly welcome applications from women and people from minority ethnic groups.


Department of Social Policy


Professor of Social Policy


Salary is no less than £89,502 per annum (pay award pending) and the salary scale can be found on the LSE website 


The LSE Department of Social Policy is one of the best known and highly regarded centres of social policy research and teaching globally as well as nationally. Since 1912, it has been conducting cutting edge research on core social issues across the world, and training the next generation of social policy researchers. The Department is seeking to make a senior appointment to help sustain and develop its ability to carry forward its leading role in teaching and research.


A multi-disciplinary department, the Department of Social Policy is seeking a candidate with established strengths in one of the contributory disciplines and recognised expertise in one of our core fields of research and policy engagement.


The post holder will contribute to the intellectual life of the School through conducting and publishing outstanding quality research, engaging in high quality teaching as instructed by the Head of Department, and participating in the School and wider Department activities.

Candidates should have an outstanding international reputation in social policy with the ability to take forward a well-developed and viable strategy for future outstanding research, which will result in further world-leading publications in social policy or a related discipline. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable record of intellectual leadership, including a track record of bidding for external funding, and show significant experience of excellence in teaching international social and public policy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as supervising PhD students.  A PhD in social and public policy or a related area is also required.


The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.


In addition to a competitive salary the benefits that come with this job include an occupational pension scheme, a research grants policy with personal reward options, generous research leave (sabbatical) entitlement, a collegial faculty environment and excellent support, training and development opportunities.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description, person specification and the further information document.


To apply for this post, please go to https://jobs.lse.ac.uk. If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email socialpolicy.recruitment@lse.ac.uk.


The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 August 2021 (23.59 UK time). We are unable to accept any late applications.


We expect to interview short-listed candidates the week beginning 1 November 2021.