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Associate Professor in Criminal Justice/Criminology

Salary: Grade 9 (£56,021 - £64,914 p.a. depending on experience)

This role will be based on the main campus, with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

Are you an outstanding individual with an original programme of research in criminology or criminal justice? Do you have the ambition to contribute to the further development of the interdisciplinary Centre for Criminal Justice Studies? Do you want to be part of a thriving law school in a Russell Group University? Are you passionate about delivering world-leading research and an exceptional student experience?  

The University of Leeds is one of the top 75 universities in the world.  We have a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities.   Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe.   

The School of Law at Leeds is a successful, dynamic law school, which was ranked 4th overall in the UK for the quality of its research in REF 2021 and 1st for the impact of its research on society.   We are seeking to appoint high calibre individuals with a strong research and teaching profile to complement and extend our existing research strengths. The successful candidate will contribute to the national and international profile and standing of the School and its Centre for Criminal Justice Studies.

Since its foundation in 1987, the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS) has established itself as an internationally leading centre of research in criminology and criminal justice studies. The Centre advances interdisciplinary, theoretically informed and methodologically rigorous research on key issues in contemporary crime policy and criminal justice practice. Its researchers are internationally leading scholars in their respective fields of expertise, who work closely and extensively with partners in policy, practice and civil society to make a positive difference to wider society.

The post is open to candidates with expertise in any field of criminology and/or criminal justice, though we especially welcome applicants with active research interests in one of the following areas: emerging technologies and crime/security; international perspectives on crime and/or criminal justice; terrorism, counter-terrorism and/or organised crime.

As a research active academic, you will be expected to maintain a strong research and publication record, contribute to obtaining external research income, pursue impact and translational activity, and enhance the School’s research activities and research culture.  

You will deliver undergraduate and taught postgraduate modules in appropriate subject areas, including one or more foundational BA Criminal Justice and Criminology subjects, as well as supervising dissertations and PhD candidates. You will be expected to undertake a normal load of administrative duties within the School and work within the context of University values and policies, which are designed to promote dignity, diversity and inclusiveness. 

The appointment offers considerable potential for personal initiative and fulfilment through work within a leading centre of criminological research and a thriving law school.

What we offer in return 

  • 26 days holiday plus approx.16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That’s 42 days a year! 
  • Generous pension scheme plus life assurance– the University contributes 14.5% of salary 
  • Generous pension scheme options plus life assurance 
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls. 
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team. 
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available. 

And much more!   

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr David Churchill, Co-Directors of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies



Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Social Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Law
Category:  Academic
Grade:  Grade 9
Salary:  £56,021 to £64,914 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Friday 22 March 2024
Closing Date:  Sunday 21 April 2024
Reference:  ESLLW1213
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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