Lecturer in Greek Archaeology

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Edinburgh, UK
Dec 28, 2018
Jan 27, 2019
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Full Time
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The School of History, Classics, and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to invite applications for two lectureships, one in Greek Archaeology and one in Late Antique Archaeology, created as an investment in the flourishing area of Classical Art and Archaeology within the department of Classics. For the former post, we seek to appoint a specialist in Ancient Greek Archaeology, broadly understood in terms of period and approach. The successful candidate will have a track record of internationally excellent publications, proportionate to career stage, and will continue to publish and research at the highest level in this and related disciplines. They will be expected to make a significant contribution to the teaching of Greek art and archaeology and related disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as to doctoral supervision, and will be expected to collaborate with other Classical Archaeologists and Hellenists

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community, regardless of age, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, nationality and citizenship status, religion, sexual orientation or transgender status.

Our School is committed to Athena SWAN principles and we welcome applications from women and BME candidates, who are currently under-represented in this area. All appointments will be made on merit.

This post is a full time (35 hours), open ended role with a start date of 01 September 2019.

Salary: £40,792 - £48,677 per annum.

Closing date: 5pm (GMT) Friday 18th January 2019.

1. Job Details

Job title: Lecturer in Greek Archaeology

School/Support Department: History, Classics and Archaeology

Unit: Classics

Line manager: Head of Classics

2. Job Purpose

We seek to appoint a specialist in Ancient Greek Archaeology, broadly understood in terms of period and approach. The successful candidate will have a track record of internationally excellent publications, proportionate to career stage, and will continue to publish and research at the highest level in this and related disciplines. They will be expected to make a significant contribution to the teaching of Greek art and archaeology and related disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as to doctoral supervision, and will be expected to collaborate with other Classical Archaeologists and Hellenists

3. Main Responsibilities

  • Develop a portfolio of internationally excellent research outputs, and contribution to efforts to attract external research funding, to meet the research objectives of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology (approx. 35 per cent of time).
  • Develop and teach honours courses and undertake dissertation supervision to meet the teaching objectives of the School (approx. 15 per cent of time)
  • Deliver sub-honours lectures and tutorials to meet the teaching objectives of the School, especially in the courses Greek Art and Archaeology, Greek World 1a and Greek World 1b (initially approx. 15 per cent of time)
  • Develop and deliver postgraduate courses (potentially including online courses) and undertake dissertation supervision to contribute to the goals of the MSc in Classical Art and Archaeology and other Classics MScs, and potentially also in Archaeology and in ODL degrees (the MSc Online in History and a planned MSc Online in Ancient Worlds). (approx. 10 per cent of time)
  • Supervise doctoral students (initially approx. 5 per cent of time)
  • Undertake academic administration and provide advice and guidance to students to meet the pastoral objectives of the School (initially approx. 20 per cent of time)

  • 4. Planning and Organising

    Plan and carry out research, including funding applications where appropriate; publish research outputs.
    Deliver honours, subhonours, and postgraduate teaching and supervision of undergraduate and Master's dissertations as directed by Head of Classics
    Contribute to supervision of doctoral research students
    Plan and carry out administrative tasks as required
    Provide guidance to students as a Personal Tutor

    5. Problem Solving

    Work with senior colleagues and the Student Support Office to assist students who encounter difficulties in their studies
    Work with course organisers to assist students new to University studies
    Work with support staff to deal with administrative issues

    6. Decision Making

    Decide on programmes of work for undergraduate and postgraduate students, including doctoral students.
    Make decisions about the assessment of the work of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

    7. Key Contacts/Relationships

    Work with Head of Classics, Course Organisers, Course Administrators, Student Support Officers and officers of the Graduate School to assist in the planning, delivery, assessment and administration of undergraduate and graduate teaching in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.
    Work with other Classical Archaeologists and Hellenists, and potentially with outside organisations like the National Museum of Scotland, to contribute to research funding bids and to enhance the University's profile and visibility in these areas

    8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job



    A completed and examined PhD in Greek Archaeology or a related discipline
    Evidence of expertise in Classical Archaeology and Ancient Greek culture more broadly.




    Teaching experience at undergraduate level.
    Experience of undergraduate assessment.
    Portfolio of internationally excellent research, proportionate to career stage.


    Experience of online and postgraduate teaching.
    Relevant IT skills including online learning.
    Relevant administrative experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Competencies


    A broad knowledge of ancient Greek archaeology, and a research specialism within that field, broadly understood.
    Knowledge of ancient and modern languages necessary for research.
    Ability to produce internationally excellent research.
    Awareness of best practice in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and marking.


    A current or upcoming fieldwork project (or projects), especially one in which Edinburgh students can participate.
    Ability to collaborate in teaching with ancient historians and other colleagues in Classics and Archaeology.
    Knowledge of online teaching practices.
    Awareness of teaching-related administrative practices.
    Knowledge of means of offering pastoral care to students.

    Personal Attributes


    Excellent presentation and communication skills.
    Commitment to high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
    Commitment to producing internationally excellent research.
    Versatility in approach to teaching.
    Excellent interpersonal skills.
    Ability to work as part of a team.
    Capacity to enthuse and motivate.
    Capacity for delivering on-line teaching.


    Capacity for innovation in development of teaching.

    9. Dimensions
    Teach and assess on undergraduate and postgraduate Classics programme in classes ranging from ca.150 students (Greek World 1a and 1b) to graduate courses with 5-10 students
    Supervise 5-10 undergraduate and MSc dissertations per annum on a one to one basis
    Contribute to doctoral supervision.
    Contribute to administration of Classics department (ca. 30 academics) and School of History Classics and Archaeology (ca. 100 academics).
    Assist in enhancing the University's reputation as one of the leading international centres of excellence in Classics.
    Provide pastoral care and academic guidance to ca. 25 students as a personal tutor.

    Application Procedure

    All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page via our Vacancy Website and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

    You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

    The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Friday 18th January 2019.

    Eligibility to Work

    In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

    To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

    For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

    In the circumstances where the vacancy does not meet the Home Office and Visa Services advertising, salary and/or qualification level criteria for sponsorship the successful applicant must have the existing right to work in the UK.

    Conditions of Employment

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