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University Lectureship in the Sociology of Gender and Reproduction (fixed term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 21 months in the first instance, with the possibility of extension.

Applications are invited for a fixed-Term University Lectureship in the Sociology of Gender and Reproduction from 1 September 2020, or as soon possible thereafter. The postholder will contribute to teaching and research in the Department of Sociology and will become a member of the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) directed by Professor Sarah Franklin. The main areas of contribution required of the postholder are to assist in the organisation and delivery of the undergraduate Sociology of Gender paper and the MPhil pathway in the Sociology of Reproduction, and to contribute to the research activities of ReproSoc. The successful candidate will join a vibrant and thriving academic community in the Department of Sociology, where world-leading research and teaching on gender and reproduction is complemented by strengths in the areas of race and decolonising, science and technology, media and culture, health and biomedicine, class and political economy, social theory, social movements and environmental studies.

Candidates for this post must have a doctorate and a proven record of teaching, research and publications in sociology or a related discipline. They must demonstrate an ability and willingness to teach and to conduct research in the sociology of gender and reproduction, and have excellent organisational as well as communication skills. The postholder will be involved in all aspects of undergraduate and postgraduate provision including course organisation and administration, lecturing, conversion to online delivery, supervision, assessment, admissions and outreach.

Candidates will need to show evidence of the following qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • Good first degree and a doctorate (or clear evidence that completion of such a doctorate is imminent) in sociology or a related discipline;
  • Evidence of ability to engage in internationally significant original research in their field;
  • Publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career;
  • Ability to deliver teaching in the sociology of gender and the MPhil on the sociology of reproduction;
  • Ability to play an effective role in the life and work of the department and faculty as a whole;
  • Ability to work co-operatively with colleagues;
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a full list of all publications, and the names and contact details of three referees. Application letters should include a statement of research interests and future research plans, and a summary of teaching experience and interests. Interviews for short-listed candidates will be conducted remotely on-line.

The closing date for applications is 20 July 2020.

Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date.

The position is based in the Department of Sociology in central Cambridge, England.

Further information about the Department of Sociology may be found on our website at

We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

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Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Professor Sarah Franklin ( Enquiries about the application process should be made to

Please quote reference JM23273 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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