Assistant Professor in World Literatures in English

Durham (GB)
14 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
05 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor in World Literatures in English (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:  
Joining one of the UK’s leading English departments, you can expect a varied and interesting role, allowing you to utilise your extensive research and teaching capabilities.  You will pursue your own original research areas in any aspect of English in a global context, including Indian, African and Caribbean Literature, with further relevant interests in colonial history and theory.  Teaching undergraduate and Masters students, your imaginative adaptations of current programmes will see you working on lectures, seminars and tutorials, and you will supervise dissertations and develop modules that will complement our existing strengths.  You will attract and supervise PhD students, and be proactive in applying for funding and furthering the impact of our research outputs.

You’ll need: 

  • To have a solid research background in any area of World Literatures in English and English Literacy Studies.
  • A good first degree, with a PhD in English or a related subject.
  • Experience of producing world-class research, supported by an ongoing research plan and knowledge of developing successful research project proposals.
  • Excellent teaching skills, with the creativity to tailor and deliver interesting seminars and lectures with the ability to attain fellowship of the HEA.
  • The ability to supervise PhD candidates, plus lead research groups and mentor early career researchers.
  • Clear ideas and experience of your research having an impact beyond your institution.
  • Solid communication skills with the willingness to work collaboratively with other departments and disciplines.
  • Enthusiasm for providing high calibre education to students in groups of varying sizes, with the potential to shape teaching programmes.

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 : 05th December 2017

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