Associate Professor in Archaeological Conservation 

Durham (GB)
14 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
27 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Archaeology
Contract Type
Full Time

Associate Professor in Archaeological Conservation 

As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place in which to define your career and enjoy a high quality work/life balance. Benefitting from a fantastic location just 90 minutes south of Edinburgh, and less than three hours away from London, this historically rich city is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral, dating back to the 11th century and is within close proximity of the beautiful Durham Dales. With a welcoming student body that numbers more than 17,000 and over 3,000 members of staff, this centre of academic excellence looks forward to welcoming your application.

About us:
Durham University is listed 4th in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and is widely lauded for the exceptional talent it harbours.  Featuring in the top 100 World University Rankings 2017-2018, our students and academics are at the heart of our world-leading research and teaching capabilities, shaping the future with their ground-breaking work.  The needs of our staff are taken care of too, with generous pension plans, assistance with childcare facilities, the option for flexible working and a Relocation Manager who can help settle you into this fantastic city.

The role:
The interdisciplinary Department of Archaeology is ranked first in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and is listed as one of the top four archaeology departments in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings list.  You will therefore bring your expertise of Archaeological Conservation to the department, offering detailed insight into ancient and historical materials and artefacts, and the way in which they are decaying or have been conserved.  Taking the lead in ‘MA in Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects’ (which you will ensure remains a professionally recognised conservation qualification), you will also teach various undergraduate and postgraduate modules, reinvigorate our Artefacts Research Group and publish your research with a particular emphasis on conservation.

You’ll need:

  • To be a qualified conservator with professional accreditation (FIIC, ACR or equivalent) and practitioner experience.
  • An excellent track record in internationally recognised research outputs, with particular prominence in the fields of archaeological and historic materials and artefacts.
  • Experience of teaching the practice of conservation, including conservation ethics and preventive conservation.
  • Good leadership and communication skills.
  • A clear research plan covering the next three to five years with knowledge of generating income for research projects.
  • To have a teaching qualification or be willing to attain fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy.

If you also have a PhD in archaeological/object conservation or a related field, and are able to supervise PhD students, that would be ideal.

How to apply:
We value and promote an inclusive and diverse working environment at Durham and we welcome applications from all individuals.

We prefer to receive applications online.  For this role we are working with our partner organisation TMP (UK) Limited and your application will initially be submitted to TMP (UK) Limited via our website.

Please carefully read the job description for this post which outlines the documents which you will be required to submit, information about referees, contact details should you require further information and next steps including an indication of when interviews will take place.

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Closing date : 27th November 2017