Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Osteoarchaeology/Forensic Anthropology

Cranfield, United Kingdom
Lecturer: £43,351 to £48,323 per annum / Senior Lecturer: £53,205 to £59,302 per annum
23 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
23 May 2021
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Archaeology
Contract Type
Full Time

School/Department Cranfield Defence and Security
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered
Contract type Permanent
Salary Full time starting salary is normally in the range of - Lecturer: £43,351 to £48,323 per annum, with potential progression to £60,403 per annum. Senior Lecturer: £53,205 to £59,302 per annum, with potential progression to £74,126 per annum
Apply by 23/05/2021

Role Description

Cranfield University’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Cranfield Forensic Institute welcomes applications for the post of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Osteoarchaeology/Forensic Anthropology. 

Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) provides a Centre of Excellence for the application of science and technology to law enforcement, Human Rights organisations, and other sectors particularly through niche areas of forensic science.  This extends to research and consultancy in bioarchaeology, osteoarchaeology or forensic anthropology for museums and archaeological units as well as police forces and other agencies.

We offer a suite of highly successful forensic postgraduate degrees and short courses.  Research and development underpin the educational activity of the CFI.  CFI has relocated to Cranfield Campus, and has benefitted from £7.2M of investment funded by the University and South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP). 

About the Role

You will be responsible for the ongoing development and delivery of a range of educational products, in particular modules such as Fundamentals of Forensic Anthropology, Further Forensic Anthropology, in addition to other MSc modules and short courses, those involving the excavation and recovery of human remains.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Pursuance of an active and high impact research agenda in the field of forensic anthropology/bioarchaeology with relation to trauma and/or palaeopathology/, including writing for and publishing in relevant high-quality peer reviewed journals
  • Design, develop, deliver, and assess a range of MSc modules in the field of forensic anthropology/osteoarchaeology, ensuring coherence with both student needs and customer requirements
  • Thesis supervision, primarily at MSc level and undertake PhD supervision
  • Consultancy work involving fieldwork in the UK and abroad. Therefore, flexibility to work away from home for several weeks a year is welcomed

About You

You will have a degree level education and a PhD in a related area. You will have significant experience in the excavation and analysis of human remains from a wide variety of contexts and periods.  In addition, you will have experience in field and laboratory teaching, and you will have thought of ways to innovate this teaching.

Subject matter expertise in forensic anthropology/human osteoarchaeology/bioarchaeology is essential. In particular, the Centre is aiming to expand their strength in trauma analysis and palaeopathology. 

You will have publications in internationally renowned journals.

A PGCert in Academic Practice, and experience in delivery of post graduate education are all desirable.  

In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and be at the forefront of world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

Our Values

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here. We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential.

Diversity and Inclusion

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women and/OR minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

Flexible Working

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. Find out more here.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Andrew Shortland, Head of Cranfield Forensic Institute at

Apply online now. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details at

Interviews will be held week commencing 7 June 2021.

Please note that although this role is based at Cranfield, Bedfordshire there is also a requirement to occasionally travel to Shrivenham, Oxfordshire.