The Department of Sociology seeks to appoint a full-time Lecturer on a permanent basis in the area of Criminology. A ‘lecturer’ post in the Scottish University system is comparable to a tenure track Assistant Professor post in the North American system. Successful applicants will develop their own impact-oriented independent and potentially collaborative research agendas, contribute to both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, and participate in the administration of the department and the School of Social Science where necessary.

Social Science
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Full Time
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Grade 7
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The Department of Sociology is currently ranked 10th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide and 16th by the Complete University Guide. The University of Aberdeen – one of the UK’s six ancient universities – is consistently ranked in the top 200 globally and is currently ranked in the top 160 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2022). Both the Department and the University provide excellent support for scholarship and research activity.


The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Sociology or a closely related discipline with a focus on Criminology. They will have experience of teaching in higher education and have the capacity to contribute to courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. It is expected that the candidate will exhibit the capacity for major contributions to scholarship, to the development and teaching of research on Criminology, and exhibit a strong potential to acquire future grant income.


  • Deliver lectures, tutorials, and seminars to undergraduate and postgraduate students on courses forming part of the joint Criminology programmes
  • Develop and coordinate new courses where appropriate and necessary
  • Coordinate and lead delivery of existing undergraduate and postgraduate courses
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research and engagement activities
  • Conduct independent and collaborative research, including grant acquisition and publication
  • Engage with the community, industry, and third sector in teaching and impact-oriented research
  • Develop inclusive pedagogical and innovative assessment methods
  • Participate in the administrative tasks of the Department and School as necessary


The post is offered on a permanent basis, commencing as soon as June 2022.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 7 scale (£42,149- £50,296 per annum), with placement according to qualifications and experience.


Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Gearoid Millar, Head of Department, e-mail:  g.millar@abdn.ac.uk


Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa.  As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Lauren Storey, HR Adviser (lauren.storey@abdn.ac.uk) for further information.

To apply online for this position visit www.abdn.ac.uk/jobs


Job Reference Number: SOC071A


The closing date for the receipt of applications is 31 January 2022


The School of Social Science embraces a diverse working environment and recognises the many benefits this can bring.  Applications from individuals from across all the equality protected characteristics are encouraged.