Lecturer in Early Medieval History

County of Durham, United Kingdom
£33,797 - £40,322
Jun 19, 2020
Jul 19, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Durham University
Durham University is one of the world's top universities, and comprises a welcoming and vibrant international community. Durham is an exceptional place in which to base your career. Our strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences see us listed as a top 5 UK and top 100 global university with our students and our academics sitting at the heart of delivering our ground-breaking work. As part of our ambitious strategy we are growing and we look forward to welcoming your application.

The Department
The Department of History at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the fixed term role of Lecturer. We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the history of Europe (including the British Isles) and the Mediterranean world CE 300-1050.

The Department of History is widely recognized as a leading centre of historical research and teaching, consistently ranking in the top three UK History departments in league tables. More information about the Department is available at http://www.dur.ac.uk/history/.

Lecturers (Fixed term) at Durham
The role of a fixed term Lecturer at Durham provides the opportunity to deliver outstanding education and research within an inclusive and supportive environment that is staffed by world class colleagues. Lecturers will be supported to develop their academic careers by training and financial support in research and education, guided by a designated mentor.

The primary focus of this role is on research and teaching but there will also be the opportunity to engage in wider citizenship within the University and beyond.

This role of Lecturer is for a fixed term of 18 months and to provide cover for a colleague who has been awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellowship. It is not anticipated that this period would be extended beyond the initial fixed term.

Lecturer in Early Medieval History
Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of early medieval history, with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

The post-holder will be expected to convene a level 1 module 'Birth of Western Society, 300-1050', teach a level 2 module in early medieval history, undertake some undergraduate and MA dissertation supervision and, where appropriate, carry out other teaching duties specified by the Head of Department. Details of the modules may be found at:


Key responsibilities:
• Pursue research that is, or has the potential to be, world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour;
• Undertake teaching and research supervision, and contribute to ongoing curriculum development;
• Contribute to the citizenship of the Department;
• Deliver lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels, with the opportunity to teach more widely within the Department, as well as engaging in related activity such as assessment;
• To fully engage in and enhance the values of the Department and University;
• To carry out such other duties as specified by the Head of Department.Person specification
Candidates will normally have recently completed or be concluding their PhD and, while they may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the essential criteria.

Candidates must have capacity for and be progressing towards the independent development of internationally excellent research that produces high quality outcomes, including some work that is recognised as world class.

The essential research criteria for this post are:

• Qualifications - a good first degree and a PhD in early medieval history or a related subject (which may be completed or under examination).
• Outputs - experience, skills and/or achievements which demonstrate experience of or the potential to produce high quality outputs, some of which is recognised as world-class.
• Personal Research Plan - evidence of a personal research plan which supports and enhances the Department's research strategy.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to develop and deliver high quality teaching, including online teaching, that contributes to a world class learning environment and curricula which enables students to achieve their potential.

The essential teaching criteria for this role are:

• Qualification - candidates have the ability to attain the rank of Fellow of HEA
• Quality - experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to deliver high quality teaching, including online teaching
• Innovation - experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to innovate in the design and delivery of high quality teaching or assessment of learning including lectures, small group learning and/or using technology or other techniques to enhance learning and/or assessment
• Strategic - experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to engage in the design of excellent teaching programmes which are research informed and led

Services, Citizenship and Values
Candidates must positively contribute to fostering a collegial environment; as well as demonstrating their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The essential services, citizenship and values criteria for this role are:

• Collegial contribution - experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to participate in the collegial/administrative activities of an academic Department, Faculty or University. (Candidates may choose to evidence departmental or University roles, mentoring activity, engagement with widening participation, involvement in equality and diversity initiatives and membership or engagement with external bodies).
• Communication - excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.

Contact Information

Department contact for academic-related enquiries
Justin Willis, justin.willis@durham.ac.uk

Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application
If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email. Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you're experiencing to michele.groark@durham.ac.uk

How to Apply
We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

What to Submit
All applicants are asked to submit:
• A CV and covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
• PDFs of up to two pieces of research focused work;
• A personal research plan of 500-1,000 words, setting out your intended research programme for the coming three-five years, with some indication of possible publications and sources of funding.

Where possible we request that you provide web links to these, which the hiring Department will access to read your work. The application form contains fields in which to enter each of the web links.

In the event you are unable to provide accessible links to online hosting of your work, your work should be uploaded as PDFs as part of your application in our recruitment system. Please ensure that your PDFs are not larger than 2mb. Please note that your work may be read by colleagues from across the Department and evaluated against the current REF criteria;

Please save all application documents with your name and document type as PDF files.

You should provide details of 3 academic referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference (if they are not listed as an academic referee). Please note:

• We shall seek the academic references during the application process. We would ask that you alert your academic referees to this application as soon as possible so that we can quickly obtain references should you be progressed to the long list stage. If you do not wish (some or all) of your referees to be approached during the recruitment process; you must clearly indicate this to us at the time of your application.
• Academic references sought for long-listed candidates may be made available to the panel during the shortlisting process.
• We will seek a reference from your current line-manager if we make you an offer of employment (albeit you may have also nominated your line manager as an academic referee). Please clearly indicate which referee is your current line-manager and please let us know if we should only approach them once an offer has been made.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

Next Steps
All applications will be considered; our usual practice is for colleagues across the Department to read the submitted work of long-listed candidates.

The assessment for the post will normally include a presentation on research, the submission of some teaching material, and an interview. We anticipate that the presentation and interviews will take place by video call in mid to late August 2020.

In the event that you are unable to attend in person on the date offered, it may not be possible to offer you an interview on an alternative date.

About the Department

Durham University History Department is one of the leading centres in the UK for the study of History, consistently ranked within the top three departments in the country by the Complete University Guide, the Times and Sunday Times, and the Guardian University Guide. We place research at the very heart of our varied undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, inducting our students into a community of historians from the outset. Our research expertise and teaching provision extends from the early Middle Ages to the present day, and we are home to scholars of Europe (including Britain and Ireland), Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and the United States of America and of social, cultural, political, economic, religious, environmental, and gender history. We believe that this chronological range and breadth opens up possibilities of transnational, transhistorical and comparative work that tends to be the hallmark of ground-breaking research in our discipline. As a group of researchers, we are alive to the fact that historical questions constantly evolve, and we are committed to developing the intra-and inter-disciplinary breadth to respond to, initiate and shape the discipline and scholarship more broadly defined. This brings us together as historians and makes Durham an exciting place to work, research and study.

As a Department, we work closely with the Faculty's Research Institutes and Centres: the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, the Centre for Modern Conflicts and Cultures, the Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies, the Centre for Political Thought, the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics, and the Institute for Medical Humanities. Historians play a leading role in many of these (leading one, and co-directing two more), and we are keen to build upon and strengthen our existing research expertise in these areas. Our postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers are also active in this interdisciplinary environment. We are currently home to two doctoral training centres: the AHRC Northern Bridge Partnership and the ESRC DTC.

Durham University has an outstanding reputation in the field of medieval studies and the Department is closely involved in the multi-disciplinary the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, which brings together colleagues from across the University. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to make use of Durham's excellent and wide-ranging resources for the study of medieval history which include the manuscript collections at Durham Cathedral and the University (which form part of the Priory Library Digitisation project), the Cathedral Priory archive, and the collections of the Oriental Museum.

We are committed to developing the careers of our historians and to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. We have a mentoring scheme designed to assist all staff in developing as historians, teachers, and leaders in the discipline and beyond. We pride ourselves on the support we give to colleagues in managing their careers and in creating a positive working environment for all. We have achieved a bronze Athena SWAN award and regard this award as only the beginning of our commitment to equality and diversity, which is embedded in all areas of departmental life. We particularly welcome applications from women, BAME candidates, and other groups under-represented in the historical profession.

About Durham University
As one of the UK's leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career while enjoying a high quality work/life balance. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare provision and the University's Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

If you'd like to find out more about the University or relocating you and your family to Durham, please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/