Assistant Professor in Eighteenth- and/or Nineteenth-Century Literature

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

Assistant Professor in Eighteenth- and/or Nineteenth-Century 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, this enticing role combines the dual strands of teaching with research.  Supporting our endeavours to maintain our international reputation for producing world-leading research outputs, you will develop research projects, and develop teaching modules relating to Eighteenth and/or Nineteenth Century Literature in English.  Focusing on genres such as poetry and drama, your work will predominantly concentrate on England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, but research that highlights dialogue between this writing and the writing of other countries would also be relevant.  Working to further the knowledge of undergraduate and MA students, you will assess their work and impart your knowledge in creative ways across tutorials, seminars and lectures.  You will also be tasked with supervising PhD students, and leading research groups.

You’ll need: 

  • A good first degree with a PhD in English (or a related subject).
  • Evidence of world-class research (or the potential to achieve this) in Eighteenth and/ or Nineteenth century literature in English, and the enthusiasm to pursue research projects that complement the strengths of the department.
  • The confidence to teach students at all levels and in groups of varying sizes, and provide a high standard of assessment.
  • The commitment to attract and supervise PhD students, including their dissertations.
  • A comprehensive research plan, with the channels to successfully apply for funding and evidence of research impact beyond your institution.
  • Excellent teaching skills, with the creativity to tailor and deliver interesting seminars and lectures with the ability to attain fellowship of the HEA.
  • Outstanding communication skills with the willingness to contribute to collegial and administrative activities as required.

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 : 03rd November 2017