Assistant Professor of Sociology

University of Cambridge

The Department of Sociology is looking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Economic Sociology. The research focus within the area of economic sociology is open although we have a preference for candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: global capitalism and global institutions; international development; global inequalities and intersectional work on race, class and gender; research in emerging economies and the Global South.

The Department is particularly interested in candidates who complement existing work in Social Theory and Social Inequalities and have the ability to work across quantitative and qualitative methods.

We are looking for someone with a strong background in Economic Sociology, who can demonstrate both breadth and depth of experience. The ideal candidate should have a proven upwards trajectory an established or developing international reputation that would make them a world leader in the field. They will also demonstrate the ability to undertake postgraduate and undergraduate teaching and supervision. The candidate will demonstrate an ability to support the growth of the MPhil pathway in Political and Economic Sociology; contribute to examining, assessment and admissions; and contribute fully to academic administration within the Department as well as potentially a College.

The candidate will join a vibrant and thriving department focused on three research clusters: Science and Technology, Theory and Culture, and Politics and Inequality. Further information about the Department of Sociology may be found on our website at

Application requirements include:

  • An application letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the person specification (3 pages maximum)
  • A Curriculum Vitae (C.V.), to include date of PhD and details of any career gaps if applicable (3 pages maximum)
  • A list of research publications (1 page maximum)
  • Completion of the online cover form with contact details of three referees who can be contacted before interview

If you are interested in both of the Assistant Professor roles currently being advertised in the Department of Sociology then you will need to apply for each role separately.

The closing date for applications is Monday 2 October 2023.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December 2023. Interviews will take place in Cambridge, UK over these two days and will include presentations on your research and teaching to department members.

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

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 Prof Manali Desai, Head of Department . Enquiries about the application process should be made to

Please quote reference JM38023 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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