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Teaching Associate in Comparative Politics (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Teaching Associate in Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies. The post is available from 01 October 2017 for two years. The roleholder should have a proven specialist academic interest in the Middle East and be qualified to PhD level in a related subject area. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who have recently completed their PhD or are just about to finish.

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake the following duties and responsibilities:

-To plan and deliver seminars and classes in the Department. The successful candidate will be expected to teach on the mandatory Comparative Politics paper in Part IIA of the HSPS Tripos. This will include at least 8 hours of supervision weekly.

-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required to explain concepts and complex information to non-experts, develop and encourage the commitment to learn in others and to present material to a range of audiences.

-To provide academic guidance and advice to undergraduate students and graduate students.

-The roleholder should have some experience of successfully developing and delivering teaching at university level, including smaller group work. The role holder is expected to maintain and develop his/her knowledge in the subject area by reading other academic material.

-To take part in Tripos examining, including the setting and marking of papers, and the marking of undergraduate dissertations.

-Other duties as required by the Head of the Department commensurate with the nature and grade of the post.

The successful candidate may also be asked by colleges to undertake supervision of Tripos students, and to participate in the interviewing of applicants.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Pieter van Houten, paper organiser for POL4 in 2017/18 (e-mail:

Please quote reference UE11534 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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