Research Assistant Professor / Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology and Social Policy

Employer: Lingnan University

Location: Hong Kong

Salary: Salary Commensurate with experience

Posted: Nov 26, 2020

Position Type: Faculty PositionsSocial & Behavioral SciencesSociology

Employment Level: Non-Tenured Track

Employment Type: Full Time

Lingnan University, a distinctive liberal arts institution in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is committed to the provision of quality whole-person education by combining the best of Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions. It strives to pursue excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement. With three academic Faculties, it offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes in arts, business and social sciences. Lingnan’s liberal arts education is characterised by a broad-based interdisciplinary curriculum with specialised disciplinary studies; close student-staff relationship; a vibrant residential campus; ample global learning opportunities; active community engagement and multifarious workplace experience.  The School of Graduate Studies also offers postgraduate programmes up to doctoral level in various disciplines and provides professional education for the wider society.  Applications are now invited for the following post: 

Research Assistant Professor / Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology and Social Policy
(Post Ref.: 20/295/C) 

The Department of Sociology and Social Policy brings together scholars with international research experience and publication record in major outlets in the area of Sociology and Social Policy. The Department is a recipient of the University’s Research Excellence Award and Teaching Excellence Awards. We offer teaching in Sociology and in Social Policy; and co-host the Health and Social Services Management stream with the Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies. The Department hosts an MSocSc Programme in Comparative Social Policy (International) (IMCSP) and has been successful in attracting MPhil and PhD students from around the world as well as Hong Kong PhD Fellows and winning other external competitive grants. For more information, applicants are advised to visit the departmental websiteUG programme websiteIMCSP programme website, and RGC Funding Schemes website

General Requirements
Applicants should have a PhD degree in Sociology, Social Policy, or other related disciplines with relevant teaching and research experience. All applicants are required to provide information on their research portfolio and publication record as well as evidence of quality teaching. Excellent communication and presentation skills in English are essential. Experience with conducting state-of-the-art quantitative or comparative social research will be a distinct advantage. The appointee should be able to take up teaching duties in some of the following courses on the MSocSc Programme in Comparative Social Policy (International): “Policy Research and Evaluation Design”, “Comparative Social Policy in Greater China and East Asia”, and “Comparative Social Indicators and Research Methods”. Besides these teaching duties, applicants should be prepared to actively support research endeavours of Departmental faculty, MPhil and PhD students broadly in the area of comparative social policy analysis. The appointee is expected to have a strong commitment to academic excellence and should engage in their own quality research and journal publications.

The conditions of appointment will be competitive. The rank and remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include annual leave, medical and dental benefits, mandatory provident fund, gratuity, incoming passage and baggage allowance for the eligible appointee. Appointment will normally be made on a fixed-term contract of up to three years.

Application Procedure (online application only)
Please click “Apply” to submit your application. Applicants shall provide names and contact information of at least three referees to whom applicants’ consent has been given for their providing references.   Personal data collected will be used for recruitment purposes only.

We are an equal opportunities employer.  Review of applications will start from February 2021 and will continue until the post is filled.  Qualified candidates are advised to submit their applications early for consideration. 

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the post advertised, or to fill the post by invitation or by search. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Research Fellow in Sociology and Social Policy / University of Nottingham Department of Sociology and Social Policy / United Kingdom

Research Fellow (Fixed-term)



Closing Date

Tuesday, 8th September 2020

Job Type


DepartmentSociology & Social Policy


£30942 to £40322 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

This is an unusual, exciting opportunity to work independently and as part of a committed, enthusiastic and supportive interdisciplinary team. This post will support UKRI Future Leaders Fellow Dr Philippa Tomczak’s £1.1m, seven-year research and impact project Prison regulation, for safer societies: Participatory, Effective, Efficient? Theorising the regulation of criminal justice institutions forms a crucial task for interdisciplinary scholars and activists. Extensive, existing prison regulation and accountability apparatuses (e.g. OPCAT) hold substantive, yet largely unrealised potential to (re)shape imprisonment. Reconceptualising existing static, state-centric accounts, this project will examine how multisectoral actors (could) regulate imprisonment across scales (e.g. voluntary organisations and prisoners operating from local to international scale). You will be a key member of this research team, with extensive opportunities for career development within and beyond this project. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working on a large, complex study as part of a growing research group under the management of Dr Philippa Tomczak. The person appointed will have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for further research, develop research methodologies and extend their personal research portfolio. Please email Philippa should you wish to consider the grant application and/or relevant forthcoming journal articles before applying. The successful candidate will hold a PhD qualification in a relevant discipline and topic; will be able to demonstrate qualitative research experience and innovative thinking; and evidence their passion to participate in this specific research project. Candidates with knowledge of imprisonment/ public services regulation in in a country other than England and Wales, ideally in the global south, are particularly welcome to apply, although this is not essential to be appointed.This fixed-term role is available from 1 November 2020 until 31 October 2023. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week), however applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 29 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part-time and the number of preferred hours. The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.Informal enquiries may be addressed to Philippa Tomczak, email [email protected] Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe.
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