Tenure-track Position in Political Theory



Open Date

Jan 04, 2024


Feb 03, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time



The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF; www.upf.edu) is a university committed to public-institution values, wide open to the world and a city university engaged in the dynamic life of Barcelona. The primary aims of the UPF are to educate responsible professional people and citizens committed to the values of civic life, and contribute to the development of research, the transfer of technology and the culture of innovation as driving forces behind progress for society in the XXI century. Among the aspects that contribute to the reputation of the UPF are: the continuous innovation and improvement in teaching and technology, the good academic performance of the students, the successful passage of our graduates into the professional world, the university’s high internationalisation index, and its high standing in the international research arena. The UPF’s activity indicators are a benchmark for Spanish University system.


The Department of Political and Social Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (https://www.upf.edu/web/politiques) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Political Theory, effective 1 September 2024.


Candidates will demonstrate expertise and a strong publication record, preferably transversal, in the following sub-areas: critical theory, contemporary political thought, democratic theory, methodology (e.g., critical theory, genealogy, decoloniality, comparative political theory, applied political theory, history of political ideas), ecology and technology. 


Candidates will be expected to teach MA courses such as Main Themes and Methods in Political Philosophy (i.e., critical theory, genealogy, comparative political theory, postcolonialism, continental feminism, applied political theory) and undergraduate courses in ancient, modern, and/or contemporary political thought. Evidence of a strong teaching record in one or more of those areas is also expected.

The standard duration of the contract is 5 years; at the beginning of the 5th year the Tenure-track lecturer will undergo performance evaluation in all areas, including their commitment to the Department’s goals and needs stated above (i.e., research, teaching, service, knowledge transfer). If performance evaluation is successful, the University will issue a call for a permanent, tenured position. Tenure-Track faculty are eligible for relocation expenses reimbursement and some discretionary start-up funds.


UPF Department of Political and Social Sciences is ranked #1 in the country (QS World Ranking) and offers a vibrant and active research environment where interdisciplinarity and innovation is highly valued. Our department offers degrees at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level and includes diverse research lines.

Our faculty comprises 32 full-time tenured and tenure-track professors, who participate in teaching activities at all levels: 2 undergraduate degrees (Political and Administration Sciences; Philosophy, Politics and Economics), and five Master’s Degrees (Research in Political Science; Political Philosophy; Current Democracies: Nationalism, Federalism and Multiculturalism; Migration Studies and the Erasmus Mundus European Politics & Society). In addition, our faculty supervises PhD research as part of the Doctoral Program and sponsors numerous postdoctoral researchers.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted no later than February 3, 2024, through the Interfolio platform including the following documents:

  1. cover letter (in English) summarizing applicant’s goals and potential contribution to the Department.

  2. Curriculum Vitae. The CV should include: i) a list of publications with evidence of impact (indexation, influence in the field, etc.) and authorial contribution.

  3. Copies of 3-5 selected publications (in one PDF file).

  4. A research statement (2-3 pages; including ideas about potential interdisciplinary collaborations with the Department’s groups or researchers)

  5. teaching statement (including, if available, teaching evaluations and how the candidate uses inclusive teaching methods and/or pedagogies to engage students from a wide range of backgrounds effectively).

  6. 3 reference letters to be submitted directly by the selected referees (from the Interfolio platform) by the closing date. The 3 letters must be requested through the platform prior to submitting applications.

For informal inquiries, please email Professor Miguel Beistegui (miguel.beistegui@upf.edu) or Professor Camil Ungureanu (camil.ungureanu@upf.edu). Use the heading ‘Political Theory Tenure-Track position’.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UPF promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.