Lecturer in Classical and Applied Landscape Archaeology (Fixed Term)

County of Durham, United Kingdom
£33,797 - £40,322 pro rata
Jun 29, 2020
Jul 29, 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 Archaeology 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 broad field of Classical Archaeology and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants with a focus on applied methods in landscape archaeology, in particular Geographic Information Systems (QGIS).

This post offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of excellent research and teaching within an exciting and progressive institution. For more information, please visit our Department pages at www.durham.ac.uk/archaeology/

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 1 year and to provide cover for a colleague who will be undertaking another role in the department. The need to extend the role beyond this fixed term period will be reviewed towards the end of the contracted period.

Lecturer in Classical and Applied Landscape Archaeology

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Classical Archaeology and Applied Landscape Archaeology, 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.

Key responsibilities:

• Pursue research in the field of Classical Archaeology 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 and values of the Department;

• Deliver lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels in both Classical and Applied Landscape Archaeology (QGIS), 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

Bringing excellent communication skills and teaching experience, the successful candidate will complement the research and teaching by our Roman and Near Eastern specialists. They will contribute to teaching in Classical Archaeology and Applied Landscape methods across our undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes, contributing to the BA (Hons) Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations, the MA Archaeology (Classical and Roman Strand) and the BA Joint Hons programme in Ancient History and Archaeology.

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:

• A good first degree and a PhD in Archaeology or a related subject (which may be completed or under examination).

• 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.

• Evidence of a personal research plan which supports and enhances the Department of Archaeology's research strategy.


Candidates must demonstrate the development and delivery of high quality teaching that contributes to providing a world class learning environment and curricula which enables students to achieve their potential.

The essential teaching criteria for this role are:

• Candidates have the ability to attain the rank of Fellow of HEA*

• Experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to deliver high quality teaching in the fields of Classical and Applied Landscape Archaeology, in particular Geographic Information Systems (QGIS).

• 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

• 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

• Evidence of strategic teaching development - engagement 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:

• Experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to participate in the collegial/administrative activities or an academic Department, Faculty or University

• Candidates must have 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

Dr Mark Shaw, m.r.shaw@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; and

• A one-page summary outlining your ability to teach the modules outlined in this job description.

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.

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

Short-listed candidates will be invited to the University and will have the opportunity to meet key members of the Department.

The assessment for the post will normally include a presentation to staff and students in the Department followed by an interview and we anticipate that the assessments and interviews will take place over two days in or around late July to early August 2020.

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/

About the Department

Durham University's Department of Archaeology is one of the UK's best Departments of Archaeology with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. We are regularly ranked one of the top two Archaeology departments in the UK (e.g. Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, The Guardian University Guide 2019,Complete University Guide 2019) and one of the top 4 globally (World University QS rankings 2020).

Our vision is to build upon our strengths as a world-class research department, whilst remaining ethical, authentic and sincere. We are firmly committed to the principles of equality and diversity for all our staff and students. We will offer broad thematic, chronological and geographical coverage, with world-class fieldwork projects, scientific expertise and a laboratory and commercial infrastructure to match. We are an outward-looking community - collaborating strategically with a worldwide network of scholars, institutions and heritage agencies and our archaeological and interdisciplinary research creates demonstrable societal and economic impacts, both in the UK and around the world.

We expect the new Lecturer in Classical and Applied Landscape Archaeology (GIS) to compliment and expand our existing research: geographically, chronologically, thematically and methodologically. Our expertise covers a broad chronological and geographical span, from the Palaeolithic period to the present-day, and from South Asia to the Mediterranean, Europe and the British Isles, and we run fieldwork projects across the world. Roman, Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology represent key strengths and our staff expertise, fieldwork, collections- and lab-based research spans the social and scientific. We currently host cutting-edge projects on late antique North Africa, Roman frontiers, trade, exchange and the ceramic industries of east Asia and the Arabian Gulf, pilgrimage in India and south east Asia while burial and belief, commerce and trade, and visual culture art and aesthetics in the Achaemenid, Roman and early Byzantine Empires are just some of the key themes present in our research and teaching.

We have a range of cutting-edge laboratories, extensive commercial infrastructure and a network of heritage-sector collaborators. Our commercial unit, Archaeological Services Durham University, contributes to our research fieldwork, while providing archaeological and heritage services to the development industry. The Department of Archaeology works closely with staff in two Durham University museums, the Oriental Museum and the Museum of Archaeology. These house some outstanding archaeological collections, including Chinese ceramics and Middle and Near Eastern antiquities. We collaborate closely with our colleagues in History and in Classics and contribute significantly to the Durham Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East.

We aim to consolidate our position as a world leader in research in archaeology, cultural heritage, museums and material culture studies. We are looking to expand and complement our research-led and small groups teaching and continue to improve our impressive NSS scores. For further information on our current projects, research and teaching see www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/