Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in the History and Culture of the Ancient Near East

University of Birmingham - Department of Ancient History and Archaeology

College of Arts and Law, School of History and Cultures

Salary: £39,993 - £74,259 (Lecturer salary from £39,993 - £47,722 a year with potential progression (to £53,690 a year)). (Senior Lecturer/Reader salary from £49,148 - £56,950 a year with potential progression (to £74,259 a year)). The successful candidate will be appointed at the grade appropriate to their experience and qualifications.

The Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology is seeking to appoint a member of staff at the level of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader (depending on the experience), in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and in particular in the history and cultures of societies within this broad geographical area. The candidate will continue the University of Birmingham’s longstanding commitment to the study of the region and its cultures and, in particular, to Assyriology. The successful candidate could work on any period from the third to the first millennium BC and the thematic expertise of the successful candidate is open. Knowledge of, and the ability to teach, relevant scripts and language is essential. Ideally, candidates’ work should complement and enhance the existing strengths within the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology and links might be made to those who work on Egypt and the Aegean, or to those using the same methodological, theoretical or thematic approaches to ancient cultures.

The appointment will work within the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology to bolster its research strength and will be expected to participate in our plans for the REF. An internationally outstanding research record (as defined by REF), appropriate to their career stage, is essential for the successful candidate. The Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology was ranked fifth overall by the REF2014 national research audit.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide or contribute to modules on their broad subject of expertise for undergraduates, to contribute to core modules on ancient history more generally, and to Ancient Near East language modules if appropriate (exact languages to be decided in discussion with the successful candidate). In due course they will also be asked to contribute to modules for masters level students and will, eventually, be expected to recruit MRes and PhD students.

Skills and Experience

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism, with extent of experience differing on grade of post applied for (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader)
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and, particularly for Senior Lecturer and Reader, manage learning/research
  • For Lecturer skills in motivating and mentoring students
  • For Senior Lecturer skills in managing and motivating others successfully at all levels
  • For Reader skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels

Expected start date September 2018                            

For informal enquiries, contact Dr Gareth Sears, Head of Department, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology; or Professor Sabine Lee, Head of School, School of History and Cultures, The University of Birmingham.  Email: g.m.sears@bham.ac.uk; S.LEE.HST@bham.ac.uk.

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