Assistant Professor in Museums and Heritage

Durham, United Kingdom
£33797 - £49553 per annum
Monday, 25 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 27 March 2021
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Archaeology
Contract Type
Full Time

Durham University's Department of Archaeology seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor in Museums and Heritage. We welcome applications from those with teaching and research interests in the broad field of museums and heritage.

The post offers an exciting opportunity to make a contribution to the development of the Department of Archaeology's teaching and curriculum, and to our research, while allowing unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution.

The new Assistant Professor in Museums and Heritage will compliment and expand our existing expertise: thematically and geographically. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to, convene and develop taught modules focussed on museums and heritage, especially at Masters level and supervise dissertations. In this, it will be appropriate to make use of Durham University's world-class museum collections and World Heritage Site in collaboration with their professional staff.

We plan to expand our taught programmes, and the post-holder will be instrumental to international recruitment initiatives particularly in Asia and North America and will play a key role in helping to develop proposals for a new Distance Learning programme in heritage and museum studies.

We seek applicants with a strong practitioner track-record in museum and heritage work and established experience of working with international stakeholders. Some of our practitioner research projects apply our expertise in helping to tackle some of the 'Global Challenges' facing the world's heritage, such as ethics in collecting and displaying heritage and collections, social inequalities, and protecting the integrity of heritage in conflict and disaster zones. We maintain partnerships around the world with museums and heritage agencies, including the Palace Museum (Beijing) and the National Museum of Japanese History (Sakura), and UNESCO. We expect the post-holder to bring complementary practitioner expertise, and help sustain and extend these international connections and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants with experience of working with museum collections and heritage and stakeholders relating to East Asia and/or Southeast Asia.

The successful candidate should therefore possess the following key attributes:

  • Substantive practical professional experience in museum/heritage work;
  • Academic knowledge and experience in the field of museum and heritage studies;
  • Teaching experience (academic or equivalent professional experience) in museum and heritage studies;
  • An emerging track record of published research relating to the field of museums/heritage in internationally recognised publication outlets;
  • A strong interest and established experience in developing engagement with museum and heritage activities internationally, particularly with reference to partners and stakeholders and to collections and sites in East or Southeast Asia.

An established or developing research profile in relation to museum and heritage collections of material in the geographic areas of East or Southeast Asia is desirable.

We welcome enquiries and expressions of interest in this post, which should be directed to Professor Robin Skeates or Mary Brooks via email.