Professor/Associate Professor in Eighteenth-Century Studies

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
8 or 9
Feb 03, 2021
End of advertisement period
Mar 14, 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Northumbria University is seeking to appoint an outstanding scholar working in the field of Eighteenth-Century Studies to a permanent Professorship (grade 9) or Associate Professorship (grade 8), within the English Literature and Creative Writing subject group in the Department of Humanities. The Humanities Department brings together 80 academic staff and 800 students in English Literature, Creative Writing, English Language, American Studies, History and Music. In line with recent appointments,we are developing greater diversity in our research and teaching and particularly welcome applications from scholars who have expertise in one or more of the following areas: race, gender studies, print culture, heritage studies, medical humanities, environmental humanities, and visual culture.

Northumbria has unique strengths in Eighteenth-Century Studies. Colleagues in Eighteenth-Century Studies currently lead a number of major research projects funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the AHRC and the British Academy, and contribute to the leadership of key scholarly societies and journals in the field. Scholars in Eighteenth-Century Studies contribute to the Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Research Group at Northumbria, and also participate in the North East Forum for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies seminar. We are also home to a thriving community of postgraduate and postdoctoral Eighteenth-Century scholarship and from 2021 to 2026 we will host a fellow jointly funded with the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. The Department has a commitment to engagement with cultural and social enterprises beyond the University and the English subject group in particular has played a pioneering role in developing cultural partnerships in the North East and nationally.

We seek to appoint a candidate with an excellent research profile in the long eighteenth century, who will make a strong contribution to our submission to future Research Excellence Frameworks, and who will be able to bring their own collegial and insightful leadership to a group of experienced scholars,developing new research projects and supporting or enhancing those of others.You will have a publication track record of exceptional quality and demonstrable success in securing funding for research. Your teaching experience will allow you to contribute successfully to our provision at all levels from Foundation Year to PhD; and you will have experience of leading work that reaches beyond the academy in partnership with others, enhancing the work of other colleagues in this area.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact Professor Julian Wright, Head of Humanities,

For more information about the Humanities Department and the Institute for the Humanities, please visit:

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To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs (please indicate a rank from 1 to 4) up to a maximum of 4, since 2017.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio).Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community.The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about the Information and Support for EU and International Colleagues. 

Currently, due to COVID-19, academic staff will normally be on campus for approximately two days per week when face to face teaching is scheduled, and as required to undertake research using specialist facilities. 

Please note this vacancy will close on 14/03/2021