Assistant Professor in Zooarchaeology
As one of the most outstanding Departments of Archaeology in the UK, we have developed a world-leading reputation for excellence in teaching, research and the employability of our students. We are regularly ranked one of the top two Archaeology departments in the UK (e.g. Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, The Guardian University Guide 2019, Complete University Guide 2019) and one of the top six globally (World University QS rankings 2019).
Our academics are shaping the future of our discipline with world-leading research that spans all aspects of archaeology, from the local to the global and the social to scientific. Our distinctive approach to research-led teaching ensures our programmes are cutting edge and intellectually stimulating for our 400+ students, while our state-of the art laboratories specializing in environmental archaeology, materials analysis, artefact conservation, isotopes, DNA, microscopy/geoarchaeology, informatics, human remains, and thermoluminescence support our staff and students in achieving outstanding and original research at all levels.
We are building upon our strengths by appointing a talented and ambitious Assistant Professor in Zooarchaeology. Expanding our current research and teaching strengths in archaeological science, the new postholder will develop world-class research and teaching in the fields of zooarchaeology and environmental archaeology. We welcome applications from those with active laboratory/field-based collaborative projects that address fundamental archaeological research questions in any part of the world, and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants capable of directing research on the zooarchaeology of East and South East Asia and Africa.
The successful candidate will pursue research that is world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour, commensurate with the Department of Archaeology’s continuing emphasis on international excellence, and demonstrated by outstanding publications. They will bring experience and ambition in terms of seeking out national and international funding opportunities and develop research impact beyond the Institution. They will develop and pursue international research collaborations to further enhance the Department’s global reputation in archaeological science. They will also help develop our vibrant research postgraduate community, by attracting students of exceptional calibre from Britain and abroad to study with us at Durham.
Bringing excellent communication skills and teaching experience, the successful candidate will take the lead on delivering and developing our BSc in Archaeology and they will curate, expand, use and increase access to our internationally-renowned zooarchaeological reference collection. They will develop our zooarchaeological teaching across our undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes, contributing to the MSc in Bioarchaeology and developing a specific MSc pathway in Zooarchaeology, and will explore the potential for research and teaching collaboration with other departments and research centres in Durham University, as well as external organisations. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in the collegial and administrative activities of the Department and demonstrate leadership within an academic context.