Lectureship in US History

University of Birmingham - School of History and Cultures

(US equivalent: Assistant Professor in US History)

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £39,993 to £47,722. With potential progression once in post to £53,690 a year.

We are looking for a historian to extend our expertise in the history of the United States in the 20th century, in particular for the post-1945 era.  Within these temporal parameters the thematic and chronological expertise are open, though candidates’ research should be well situated within the context of global history, and should complement our strengths in some of the areas for the School: mobilities, temporalities, materialities, global networks, and state, society, and conflict.  In the context of US history, we would be interested in historians working on the history of the US and the world; migration; humanitarianism; civil rights.

The appointee is expected to consolidate and expand our UG teaching provision, expand PGT and PGR recruitment and work with one or more of our research centres to bolster History’s research strength.  The successful candidate will contribute to courses at undergraduate levels C, I and H in History and to our postgraduate programmes. As part of their undergraduate remit, the successful candidate is expected to provide an Option and Special Subject on their broad subject of expertise, as well as contribute to core modules on modern history more generally.  The successful candidate will also be asked in due course to undertake administrative duties within the Department, School or College. They will be expected to participate in our plans for the REF and TEF and help to increase our postgraduate recruitment, ideally contributing to the further development of the MA in Contemporary History and/or MA in Global History.

There are opportunities in the School of History and Cultures with respect to:


  • developing and consolidating existing research interests within the School of History and Cultures, both individually and with others, with a view to publication of high-quality research
  • initiating and participating in broader, cross-School initiatives, both multi-/inter-disciplinary and with historians working in other Schools of the College of Arts and Law, and/or with colleagues in the College of Social Sciences)


  • contributing to existing undergraduate courses (special subjects and more generally) and development of both new courses and programmes,
  • taking a full part in the consolidation and development of postgraduate work, building on initiatives developed by our Centres (e.g., the MA in Contemporary History; MA in Global History; MA in West Midlands History; MA Modern British Studies).

Administration and Career development:

  • learning about and participating in the organisation and management of a varied and dynamic section in one of Britain’s largest redbricks.
  • opportunities to develop administrative and organisational skills in professional terms

Skills and Experience

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels Research
  • Excellent publications record demonstrated by a sustained series of existing and forthcoming publications at a high scholarly level.

Expected start date September 2018

For enquiries, contact Professor Elaine Fulton or Professor Sabine Lee at the Department of History   e.k.fulton@bham.ac.uk; s.lee@bham.ac.uk

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