Lecturer in Anthropology

Maynooth (IE)
05 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
04 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

Maynooth University
Ollscoil Mhá Nuad

Maynooth University is one of the four constituent universities of the National University of Ireland and in 2017 was placed in the global top 50 universities under 50 years old in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Formally established as an autonomous university in 1997, but tracing its origins to the foundation of the Royal College of St. Patrick in 1795, Maynooth University draws on a heritage of over 200 years’ commitment to education and scholarship. It is located in the University town of Maynooth, 25km from the centre of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. 

The University is a modern institution - dynamic, research-led, engaged, and grounded in the traditions of liberal education. With more than 11,000 students, Maynooth is Ireland’s fastest-growing university, yet we retain a collegial campus culture that is central to our ability to bring significant interdisciplinary expertise to bear in tackling some of the most fundamental challenges facing society today

Department of Anthropology

The Maynooth University Department of Anthropology is home to the only such department in the Republic of Ireland. Since its establishment during the early 1980s, the Department of Anthropology flourished as a distinctive scholarly centre. Today, the Department is composed of eight academic members of staff who have completed ethnographic fieldwork in North America, East Africa, Scandinavia, Melanesia, South Africa, Ireland and continental Europe. The core values of the Department of Anthropology are our respect for diversity, emphasis on pedagogy, collaboration and engagement, and emphasis on research that uses rich theoretical and historically informed knowledge to respond to key questions. The Department of Anthropology offers programmes of study from undergraduate level to a suite of Masters and a structured PhD.  

Lecturer in Anthropology

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued.

We are seeking an excellent academic to join our staff as a Lecturer in Anthropology. The person appointed will have a proven record of teaching, research and publication, appropriate to career stage. He/she will be expected to make a strong contribution to the teaching programme of the Department and undertake teaching duties on the Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as the supervision of Master’s and PhD students.

The appointee will be expected to build a strong research profile, that supports the University’s research strategy including affiliating to the Research Institutes, where appropriate and working with colleagues on national and international research. The appointee will be expected to sustain and conduct research, engage in scholarship of quality and substance and generate publications of international standard.

Principal Duties 


Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching duties are assigned by the Head of the Department. The duties will include: 

  • Teaching and assessing students at undergraduate level. This may include lecturing, tutoring, leading practical learning activities, project supervision, and setting, supervising and grading assessments; 
  • Teaching, supervising and assessing postgraduate students, including lecturing, leading seminars and other learning activities, supervision of student research activities, and setting, supervising and grading assessments;
  • Enhancing and innovating in teaching and assessment practice;
  • Contributing as required, to the assurance and enhancement of teaching quality; 
  • Outreach and promotional activities and the recruitment and selection of undergraduate and post-graduate students; 
  • Developing and enhancing the curriculum; 
  • Designing and delivering of new courses. 

Research & Scholarship:

Building a research and scholarly profile is an essential part of an academic career. This will include:

  • Conducting research and engaging in scholarship of quality and substance in the discipline;
  • Generating external income or securing resources to support scholarly activity as necessary;
  • Disseminating research and scholarly outcomes through: peer reviewed publication; presentation at national and international conferences; preparation of professional reports; commercialisation; or other appropriate means;
  • Affiliating with a University Research Institute, where appropriate;
  • Building research capacity;
  • Fostering links with other institutions which will benefit both research and teaching at Maynooth University;
  • Integrating research into the teaching curriculum;
  • Supervising research students and post-doctoral fellows. 


The academic staff members of the University are critical to achieving the strategic objectives of the University, and as such are required to engage in work that serves the collective strategic needs of the University. This may include:

  • Administrative and service duties;
  • Leading or contributing to strategic projects and initiatives;
  • Contributing to the internationalisation of the university;
  • Outreach and engagement activities;
  • Collaborative work with external partners;
  • Activities to promote the University locally, nationally and internationally;
  • Carrying out any other duties within the scope, spirit and purpose of a Maynooth University academic post.

Administrative and other duties:

This will include:

  • Undertaking administrative tasks within the Department, Faculty and University as required and as assigned by the Head of Department, the Dean or the President; 
  • Attending and serving on Departmental, Faculty, Institute and University committees as appropriate; 
  • Attending courses and engaging in other activities associated with professional development as appropriate;
  • Complying with all University policies.

For further details including full comprehensive job description please see the Maynooth University vacancies page at: