Professor/Associate Professor in Transnational and European History

Durham, United Kingdom
£52,560 - £59,135 per annum
Monday, 21 December 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Department of History

Grade 9/10: - Grade 9 - £52,560 - £59,135 per annum. Grade 10 Competitive salary based on our professorial Pay Scales (starting at £64,606 and going considerably higher based on experience)
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date : 19-Jan-2021, 7:59:00 AM 

The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares.

Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1 October 2021.

Durham University

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other.

As part of Durham University, you’ll be working with exceptional minds, all with the desire to ask, and answer, the big questions. Access to leading edge facilities and an active contributor to the global research and university community means you’ll be part of an international and diverse network of partners spanning the world’s best research institutions, organisations and businesses. And all this within the evocative and historic surroundings of the city, county and community that is Durham.

Our aim is to become a truly inclusive and diverse community, with a workforce as diverse as the landscape which we operate within.  Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.  We are committed to equality: if for any reason you have taken a career break or periods of leave that may have impacted on your career path, such as maternity, adoption or parental leave, you may wish to disclose this in your application.  The selection committee will recognise that this may have reduced the quantity of your research accordingly.

Durham University’s Athena SWAN institutional award recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting and supporting the development of women. We have also signed up to the Race Equality Charter, a national framework for improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

The Role and the Department

The Department of History at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Professor or Associate Professor. We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of transnational and modern European history, and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants who are able to address the interests of one or more of the University’s research institutes or centres (see below), complement the existing strengths of the Department, share our commitment to decolonising the curriculum, and offer a vision of how they would take a leading role in future research at Durham.

Following recent expansion, Durham University History Department is now one of the largest centres in the UK for the study of History. We are consistently ranked amongst the top departments in the country by the Complete University Guide, the Times and Sunday Times, and the Guardian University Guide. We place research at the very heart of our varied undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, inducting our students into a community of historians from the outset. Our research expertise and teaching provision extend from the early Middle Ages to the present day, and we are home to scholars of Europe (including the British Isles), Africa, East Asia, South Asia and the United States of America and of social, cultural, political, economic, religious, environmental and gender history. We believe that this chronological range and breadth opens up possibilities of transnational, transhistorical and comparative work that tends to be the hallmark of ground-breaking research in our discipline. As a group of researchers, we are alive to the fact that historical questions constantly evolve, and we are committed to developing the intra-and inter-disciplinary breadth to respond to, initiate and shape the discipline and scholarship more broadly defined. This brings us together as historians and makes Durham an exciting place to work, research, and study.

As a Department, we work closely with the University’s Research Institutes and Centres: the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, the Centre for Modern Conflicts and Cultures, the Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies, the Centre for Political Thought, the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics, the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities and the Institute for Medical Humanities. Historians play a leading role in many of these centres, and we are keen to build upon and strengthen our existing research expertise in these areas. Our postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers are also active in this interdisciplinary environment. We are currently home to three doctoral training centres: The AHRC Northern Bridge Partnership, the Leverhulme DTC for Visual Culture, and the ESRC DTC.

The Department has a dynamic research culture in the field of transnational and modern European history, building on the expertise of an established group of modern European historians and a new transnational history cluster. The successful candidate would be expected to take a leading role in the further development of Durham as a centre for transnational history. The current staff in modern European History are Sarah Davies (twentieth-century Russia, Stalinism, and cold war cultural diplomacy), James Koranyi (nineteenth- and twentieth-century east-central Europe, memory, transnational history), Markian Prokopovych (east-central Europe, cultural and urban history), Helen Roche (German and Austrian history, education, childhood, classical reception), Kay Schiller (twentieth-century Germany, the history of sport), and Tom Stammers (revolutionary and nineteenth-century France, cultural heritage and the visual arts). This group enjoys collaborations in the field of transnational history with other colleagues in the department, including Barbara Keys (history of diplomacy, emotions, human rights and international sport), David Minto (US and UK legal, cultural and gender history), Jennifer Luff (US and UK political and labour history), Adrian Green (early modern social and economic history) and Adam Bronson (intellectual and cultural history of Japan). It is also involved in interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues in other Departments, including Modern Languages and Cultures, English Studies and Music.

The University has extensive library and archival holdings in the field: https://www.dur.ac.uk/library/history/ and https://www.dur.ac.uk/durham.collections/

The Department is committed to developing the careers of our historians and to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. We have a mentoring scheme designed to assist all staff in developing as historians, teachers, and leaders in the discipline and beyond. We pride ourselves on the support we give to colleagues in managing their careers and in creating a positive working environment for all. We have been awarded a bronze Athena SWAN award, and regard this award as only the beginning of our commitment to equality and diversity, which is embedded in all areas of Departmental life.

The interview process for short-listed candidates will be online and will take place over a two day period. If being available for two days presents difficulties for any candidates, for example, because of caring responsibilities, shortlisted candidates in this position should contact our human resources department to discuss options.

For more information about the Department, please visit our web pages at www.dur.ac.uk/History

Please click here to access the full job description, which details the Essential and Desirable Criteria.

Contact Information

Department contact for academic-related enquiries 

Professor Sarah Davies (s.r.davies@durham.ac.uk)

Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application

If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email.  Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to academic.recruitment@durham.ac.uk

Alternatively, you may call 0191 334 6801 from the UK, or +44 191 334 6801 from outside the UK. This number operates during the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday, UK time.  We will normally respond within one working day (Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays).

University contact for general queries about the recruitment process

Michele Groark, HR Administrator (Recruitment)

Faculty of Arts & Humanities


How to Apply

We prefer to receive applications online.

As a University we foster a collegiate community of extraordinary people aligned to the University’s values.  Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive, and in doing so, recruit the world’s best candidates from all backgrounds and identities. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI. We therefore ask that as part of your application you provide a statement (of no more than 1 side of A4) which outlines work which you have been involved in which demonstrates your commitment to EDI and our values.

Please note that in submitting your application, we will be processing your data.  We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data. 

Information if you have a disability

The University welcomes applications from disabled people. We are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, adjustments will be made to support people within their role.

If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us on e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk.

What to Submit

All applicants are asked to submit:

  1. A CV;
  2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above.  Please state the post you are applying for;
  3. A personal research plan of not more than 500 words to cover the next five years, setting out the main research question(s) that will drive your work, and indicating methodology, potential sources of funding and an outline publication strategy;
  4. An EDI & values statement;
  5. Two of your most significant pieces of written work. 

Your work should be uploaded as PDFs as part of your application in our recruitment system. Please ensure that your PDFs are not larger than 1mb. Please note that your work may be read by colleagues from across the Department and evaluated against the current REF criteria;

Please save all application documents with your name and document type as PDF files.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system.  Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.


You should provide details of 3 academic referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference (if they are not listed as an academic referee).  Please note:

  • We shall seek the academic references during the application process.  Academic referees should not (if possible) include your PhD supervisor(s) and a majority should be from a University other than your own (save for early career applicants applying for their first post).  We would ask that you alert your academic referees to this application as soon as possible, and provide them with a copy of the CV you submit with your application, so that we can quickly obtain references should you be progressed to the interview stage. As part of your application you will be asked whether you give your consent to your academic references being sought should you be invited to attend interview.
  • Academic references sought for short-listed candidates may be made available to the panel during the interview process.
  • We will seek a reference from your current line-manager if we make you an offer of employment (albeit you may have also nominated your line manager as an academic referee).  Please clearly indicate which referee is your current line-manager and please let us know if we should only approach them once an offer has been made. 

Next Steps

All applications will be considered; our usual practice is for colleagues across the Department to read the submitted work of long-listed candidates. 

Short-listed candidates be invited to an assessment and interview process that will take place over two days. This may be online, depending on circumstances, and will include a presentation to staff and students in the Department, a teaching exercise and an interview. We anticipate that the assessments and interviews will take place over two days on or around 17 March 2021.

In the event that you are unable to attend on the date offered, it may not be possible to offer you an interview on an alternative date.

About Durham University

As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career while enjoying a high quality work/life balance. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral.  A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an excellent wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare provision and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

If you’d like to find out more about the University or relocating you and your family to Durham, please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/

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