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Lecturer in the Heritage of the Middle East

University of Leicester - School of Archaeology and Ancient History

Location: Leicester
Salary: £39,609 to £48,677 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 1st July 2019
Closes: 29th July 2019
Job Ref: 1225

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29 Jul 2019

About the role

The School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester is a recognised centre of both research excellence (REF2014 top five) and pedagogical innovation (Queens Anniversary Prize 2013), bringing two distinct disciplines together within a single academic community.

We are now seeking to appoint a new Lecturer in the Heritage of the Middle East. We define this broadly, both geographically to include the wider Middle East and North Africa region; and also in terms of specialism to include professional heritage studies and museums, as well as reception studies.

With this new appointment, the School will enhance its existing research strengths in the archaeology and ancient history of the broader Middle East (Carvajal Lopez, Mac Sweeney, Young) and North Africa (Edwards, Mattingly, Merrills) region. It will also further consolidate its position as an international leader in archaeological heritage: with its particular focus on the preservation of heritage under threat (Mattingly), the politicised past (Young), outreach and public engagement (Scott), and diverse heritages (Mac Sweeney), as well as links within the University to relevant cognate disciplines (Museum Studies, History).

Both teaching and research in the School are informed by our deep commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (Athena Swan Bronze Award 2019). We are a world leader in flexible and distance learning provision, and are proud to have a diverse student body including many mature, WP, BAME and LBGTQ+ students.

We are also currently recruiting a Lecturer in Biomolecular Archaeology. For more details, please follow this link.

About you

You will have a PhD in Ancient History, Archaeology, Heritage or a cognate discipline. You will have expertise in the antiquity of the wider Middle East and North Africa region, in a sub-field such as (but not limited to) Egyptology, Assyriology, or Achaemenid history. You will also have expertise in heritage, either in its more technical aspects (e.g. policy, law) or in its social and cultural aspects (e.g. reception studies, museums, public engagement).

You will have an excellent record of high quality and agenda-setting research, including published and/or in press outputs likely to meet the 4* quality criteria and submission requirements of REF2021. In addition to this, you will have a strategic vision for growth in research and teaching potential in your specialist area, and will be able to offer a compelling vision of your contribution to the future development of this ambitious and forward-looking department.

The School particularly values team players and the successful candidate must be willing to play a full and effective part in the smooth running of the School, and to contribute to the development of future academic and research strategy. We are therefore looking for candidates with a commitment to teaching excellence, diversity, and our departmental community.

Additional information

For informal enquiries, please contact Huw Barton on 0116-2522793 (email: or Naoise Mac Sweeney 0n 0116-2522616 (email:

We anticipate that interviews will take place in week beginning 19th August 2019.

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