Teaching Fellow in Biological/Evolutionary Anthropology

Durham University - Department of Anthropology

Contract Type:  Full Time, Fixed Term (Planned end date 31 March 2019)

Closing Date: 23 August 2017 (Midday)

The Department of Anthropology seeks to appoint an outstanding Teaching Fellow to deliver teaching in evolutionary anthropology, social behaviour and cognition, as well as more general anthropology as required. As a result of significant investment through RCUK and HEFCE funding, the Department now has vibrant research programmes in behaviour, ecology, evolution, cognition and culture. We welcome applications from exceptional scholars with research and teaching interests that strengthen, complement and synergise with existing interests of members of the Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group.

The successful individual will contribute to the Department of Anthropology’s world class teaching in broad-based anthropology. This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a specific contribution to the delivery of the Anthropology Department's teaching and the successful candidate will complement our existing strength in evolutionary anthropology. They will join the internationally recognised Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group (EARG) within the Department. EARG has been flagged in the last two UK research assessment/research excellence exercises as a source of world-leading research, and this research currently includes non-human primate evolution, ecology and behaviour, cognitive and brain evolution, cultural evolution, palaeoanthropology and evolutionary approaches to human health.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of the Anthropology Department's teaching and the successful candidate will complement our existing strength in evolutionary anthropology. Durham Anthropology prides itself on being able to integrate diverse subfields of Anthropology in teaching and research, and preference may be given to candidates who have demonstrated an ability to collaborate across academic boundaries. Applicants will thus also be welcome to join the Social Anthropology Research Group and the Anthropology of Health Research Group.

The Department’s strong commitment to interdisciplinarity extends outside Anthropology to long-standing collaborations with other Departments. Particularly strong links relevant to primatology exist with Biosciences and Psychology. The Department of Anthropology is co-located in the Dawson Building with the Department of Archaeology, which has extensive practical and laboratory facilities, including modern and ancient DNA laboratories and an isotope laboratory. Academic staff members in the Department of Anthropology also have extensive networks of international collaborations, including with the Centre Internationale de Recherches Médicales, Franceville, Gabon, and our Anthropology Field Station based at the Lajuma Research Centre in South Africa.

The post of Teaching Fellow will involve a significant teaching load, including during the summer period, and there may be related scholarship plus administrative duties which relate to education and pedagogy. This post is to cover the teaching responsibilities of a colleague who will be focusing on alternative work for a period of time. This post is therefore for a fixed term of 19 months and it is not anticipated that the post will be extended beyond this fixed term.

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