Lecturer in Economics

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh EH8 9YL


The University of Edinburgh’s School of Economics is seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate in the area of economics to the position of Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Economics in any field. The School has an excellent research reputation and offers high quality undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in economics. The School is home to the ESRC funded grant on the Credit and Labour Market Foundations of the Macroeconomy.

The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to producing internationally excellent research and delivering high quality teaching that contributes to the development of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and the learning experience of our students. Applicants should have, or be close to completing, a PhD in economics, and have demonstrable potential to publish their research in leading peer-reviewed journals in economics, contribute to knowledge exchange activities and to secure research income.

This is an open ended, full time position, 35 hours per week.

Salary: £40,792-£48,677 per annum.

Closing date: 5pm (GMT) 19th November 2018.

Job purpose

To undertake teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, supervise postgraduate students and undertake management and administrative duties commensurate with the role. To undertake high quality research and knowledge exchange activities.

Main duties and responsibilities

The job duties and responsibilities listed below are intended to describe the general nature of the role, which may be undertaken by post-holders at this level. The duties and responsibilities, and the balance between the elements in the role, may change or vary over time depending on the specific needs at a specific point in time, or due to changing needs in the department/group. Jobholders should note that there may not be an immediate requirement to carry out all the activities listed below.

  • Teaching 40%
    1.1 Contribute to established teaching programmes
    1.2 Be able to design new programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
    1.3 Deliver teaching through a variety of traditional methods and have experience of teaching online.
    1.4 Be able to lead programmes and be responsible for quality assurance of these programmes.
    1.5 Contribute to subject wide curriculum development and as appropriate lead reviews.
    1.6 Supervise undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students’ dissertations, practical work and projects.
    1.7 Act as a Personal Tutor.
  • Research 40%
    2.1 Deliver and disseminate high quality research of international impact, publishing in high quality journals and contributing to the research aims of the School of Economics.
    2.2 Attract grant funding to further the research aims of the School of Economics.
    2.3 Engage in knowledge exchange and public engagement/impact e.g. via the media, public events, festivals etc.
    2.4 Work towards being recognised externally as an expert in the field of Economics both in academic and with policy makers.
  • Leadership and Management 20%
    3.1 Undertake specific academic roles within the School such as Convenor of the Exam Board, for example.
    3.2 As appropriate, manage/provide guidance and professional support to colleagues such as Post-doc Research Fellows, Teaching Fellows, Teaching Assistants and Tutors.
    3.3 Lead particular projects and/or courses, co-ordinating other staff.
    3.4 Engage within the academic community and, as applicable professional community within Economics locally, nationally or internationally.

Planning and Organising

The post holder will plan their own research activities by designing and delivering research projects, applying for grants or other financial support and (as applicable) organising and delivering public engagement/impact activities.

They will plan own teaching and, as applicable, organise other resources including staff.

Problem Solving

At lecturer level it is expected that most matters will be resolved independently and that guidance will be provided to other colleagues, such as post-docs or teaching fellows.

Decision Making

It is expected that the post holder will design and deliver their own teaching and research and, as applicable, take responsibility for particular courses or projects. Lecturing staff are expected to contribute to the broader process of course design.

Key Contacts/Relationships

Academic staff within the School of Economics
Professional staff
External contacts relevant to research aims

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Have PhD or be within six month of completion of a PhD.
  • Must be able to demonstrate an existing or developing record of research with potential for publication in leading peer-reviewed journals in economics.
  • Will have demonstrated the ability to make an outstanding contribution to the research activities and intellectual life of the School of Economics.
  • Experienced in teaching at all levels, including PhD supervision and in design and development of teaching programmes.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Evidence of reputation in the field such as having published results from research, publication in peer reviewed outlets and recognition among research users.
  • Evidence of effectiveness in design of and delivery of research projects and/or teaching and learning.
  • Contribution to attracting research funding or other financial support
  • We are especially interested in candidates whose research connects with that of our current faculty in interesting ways.

Job Context and any other relevant information

The School of Economics (http://www.econ.ed.ac.uk/)

School of Economics sits within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Economics has been studied in Edinburgh for 200 years.

Undergraduate students can choose to study for a single honours degree in Economics or choose from 17 joint honours options. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad in their third year.

At the postgraduate level, Edinburgh leads the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE), which is a consortium of eight Scottish Universities: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, Stirling and Strathclyde. There are three Masters options: Masters in Economics, Masters in Economics (Econometrics) and Masters in Economics (Finance). These programmes will provide students with a thorough grounding in the latest research methods to prepare them for research at PhD level or as a professional research economist.

With regard to research, the School is characterised by its vibrancy, cohesiveness and informal research-led collegiality, with high quality research seminar and workshop programmes running on a weekly basis. In July 2017 the School hosted over 600 delegates at the Society for Economic Development conference, http://sed2017.ed.ac.uk/. Our lead academic is Professor John Moore, CBE.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework placed the University as Scotland’s top-ranked institution. 83% of research activity is in the highest categories – 4 and 3.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV and three letters of recommendation via the Econ Job Market (https://www.econjobmarket.org/positions/5386) . The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.
The closing date is 5pm (GMT) 19th November 2018.

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