Assistant Professor in Early Modern Literature

Durham (GB)
14 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
10 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor in Early Modern Literature (Grade 7 or 8)

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: 
Based in our prestigious English department which is consistently rated to be one of the best in the UK, you will play a key role in furthering the potential of our undergraduate and Masters students, through your imaginative teaching methods of Renaissance and Early Modern Literature in English.  You will develop modules that complement our existing programmes and impart your knowledge and expertise to our talented students through seminars, tutorials and lectures.  You will also undertake your own original research, leading to high quality publications and international influence.  This unique role will provide you with access to rare book and manuscript collections at Durham Cathedral and Cosin’s Library, Palace Green, and you will also be granted access to the residential library at Ushaw College which holds an extensive collection of material from medieval times to the 19th century.

You’ll need: 

  • A good first degree with a PhD in English (or a related subject).
  • Creative teaching skills, with the ability to adapt topics to various lectures, seminars and tutorial groups with the ability to attain fellowship of the HEA.
  • To be willing to contribute to the cross-faculty Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
  • The ability to support students of all levels, attracting some to pursue a PhD within the department, with the confidence to lead research groups and supervise PhD students.
  • Evidence of world class research outputs, or the potential to produce these.
  • A comprehensive research plan with the proven ability to secure funding and the ability ensure any outputs achieve the desired impact.

Candidates who would like to apply for the position as a grade 7 post aren’t expected to fulfil all the above criteria, but you are encouraged to apply for this role if you feel you have the potential to achieve these standards.

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.

For further information and to apply please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/

Closing date : 10th November 2017