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*Tenure-track Assistant Professorship at University College Dublin*

Closing Date: 22nd April 2019

Dear all,

University College Dublin launched a new presidential initiative to hire
new tenure-track Assistant Professors across all subjects. The School of
Sociology is likely to benefit from this scheme because the Central Pool
Academic Appointments Policy favours Schools with lower staff numbers
(compared to others) and puts an emphasis on strategic areas, such as
computational social science, network science or data science. We would be
delighted to see strong applications from early-career scholars in social
network analysis.

Further information:


UCD is a research-intensive global university with purpose, drive and
ambition. To contribute to the achievement of our mission and vision, we
wish to hire additional faculty who share our ambition and our values:
excellence, creativity, collegiality, engagement, integrity and diversity.

UCD has developed a new Central Pool Academic Appointments initiative that
is aligned with the University Strategy key objectives:

1. Increase the quality, quantity and impact of our research, scholarship
and innovation.
2. Provide an educational experience that defines international best
3. Consolidate and strengthen our disciplines.
4. Conduct strong interdisciplinary research and education in important
areas of national and global need.
5. Attract and retain an excellent and diverse cohort of students, faculty
and staff.
6. Build our engagement locally, nationally and internationally.
7. Develop and strengthen our University community.

The UCD Ad Astra Fellows programme is one part of this initiative.
Approximately 65 appointments will be made at Lecturer/Assistant Professor
grade each year targeting high potential early-stage academics.
Applications are invited across all academic disciplines represented in
UCD. Excellence, creativity and the interest and capacity to engage across
disciplines are underpinning values.

The UCD Ad Astra Fellows programme is extremely competitive and applicants
are expected to have research outputs in the pipeline that will readily
transition to research activity within UCD.


The initial term will be five years with the possibility of permanency
after a four-year review of performance against targets set with the Head
of School at commencement and approved at College and University level.
These targets will include applying for a minimum of one externally-funded
research grant each year, and there will normally be an expectation that at
least one of these grant applications is successful for the four-year
review to be satisfactory.

Relocation expenses will be paid in accordance with the UCD Relocation
Policy up to a maximum of €4500.

Appointees will have a reduced teaching load for up to three years, with a
teaching load of between one third and one half of the standard teaching
load in the first year, between one half and two thirds in the second year
and between two thirds and one of the standard teaching load in the third

Appointees will  receive research support for the first five years, which
will normally consist of a PhD student scholarship and a budget for
research costs of €5000 per annum.

Appointees without a formal university teaching qualification will be
expected to undertake the UCD Professional Certificate in University
Teaching and Learning. Further requirements for satisfactory performance
will be determined and will include a specified number of high-quality
research publications appropriate for the discipline.


Candidates will apply through the link on

Applications will consist of a cover letter, in which the applicant will
describe how their academic interests fit with those of UCD, a complete CV
including all research publications and research grants to date together
with any publications submitted for publication but not yet published, and
the names and contact details of three potential referees.

School, College and Central committees will support the scoring of all
applications in accordance with the Central Pool Academic Appointments
Policy. This scoring includes the track record and potential of the
applicant; the student:faculty ratio in the relevant school relative to
comparator group norms for the discipline; the size and strength of the
relevant UCD discipline group/research group; the future potential of the
relevant disciplinary or cross-disciplinary areas; the alignment of the
applicant with the priority areas of UCD; the contribution the applicant
will make to EDI goals; and the current and future availability of suitable

Failing to meet a threshold criterion under any category will result in

As, with the exception of the track record and potential of the candidate,
the scores are influenced by the situation within UCD and in particular
within the individual schools, prospective candidates should contact the
Head of School of their chosen school before submitting an application for
advice as to whether their application will be competitive.

Applications will be assessed at School, College and University level, and
only applications considered to be competitive at the next level will
proceed to that level. Applicants whose applications do not proceed will be
advised as soon as practicable.

Applicants short-listed at the University level will be invited to
interview and present a seminar to potential fellow colleagues. Scores will
be adjusted based on performance in both the interview and the seminar, and
a final decision will be made on whether or not an offer will be made.

This comprehensive and robust selection process will assist UCD in deciding
who will join us as Ad Astra Fellows.

Dr. Thomas Grund
Associate Professor
School of Sociology
University College Dublin

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