Assistant Professor in Cognitive Literary Studies (Grade 7 or 8)

Durham University

Proud to offer excellent standards of teaching supported by interdisciplinary research projects, the Department of English is also the founder of an internationally important research project, ‘Hearing the Voice’, and this new role has been created in order to ensure its continuing success.  This project examines how hearing voices can impact on those with severe mental illness including schizophrenia and psychosis, and also in everyday situations.  You will therefore contribute to collaborative research, working with a broad spectrum of stakeholders ranging from voice-hearers to cognitive neuroscience academics.  Working on the development of a new, research-led MA in medical humanities, you will also teach undergraduate and Masters level studies relating to modern and contemporary literature, literary theory, and medical humanities.

You’ll need:

  • A good first degree with a PhD in English or a related subject.
  • Excellence in the field of English Literacy Studies.
  • An interest in research relating to the modern period and the broader field of medical humanities, with a methodological focus on cognitive literary studies.
  • World class research outputs, with the potential to secure funding and a clear research plan that supports the departmental strategy.
  • The ability to recruit and supervise PhD students, lead research groups and mentor those in the early stages of their research careers.
  • Excellent teaching skills, with the creativity to tailor and deliver interesting seminars and lectures with the ability to attain fellowship of the HEA.
  • Solid leadership capabilities with good communication skills.

Candidates who would like to apply for the position as a grade 7 post aren’t expected to fulfil all the above criteria, but you are encouraged to apply for this role if you feel you have the potential to achieve these standards.

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