Assistant Professor in Cognitive Literary Studies

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

Assistant Professor in Cognitive Literary Studies (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: 
Proud to offer excellent standards of teaching supported by interdisciplinary research projects, the Department of English is also the founder of an internationally important research project, ‘Hearing the Voice’, and this new role has been created in order to ensure its continuing success.  This project examines how hearing voices can impact on those with severe mental illness including schizophrenia and psychosis, and also in everyday situations.  You will therefore contribute to collaborative research, working with a broad spectrum of stakeholders ranging from voice-hearers to cognitive neuroscience academics.  Working on the development of a new, research-led MA in medical humanities, you will also teach undergraduate and Masters level studies relating to modern and contemporary literature, literary theory, and medical humanities.

You’ll need: 

  • A good first degree with a PhD in English or a related subject.
  • Excellence in the field of English Literacy Studies.
  • An interest in research relating to the modern period and the broader field of medical humanities, with a methodological focus on cognitive literary studies.
  • World class research outputs, with the potential to secure funding and a clear research plan that supports the departmental strategy.
  • The ability to recruit and supervise PhD students, lead research groups and mentor those in the early stages of their research careers.
  • Excellent teaching skills, with the creativity to tailor and deliver interesting seminars and lectures with the ability to attain fellowship of the HEA.
  • Solid leadership capabilities with good communication skills.

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 : 23rd  November 2017

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