Assistant Professor of History in the period c.950-c.1250 (CE) – Durham University

The Department of History at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor of History in the period c.900-c.1250 (CE) whose research focuses on the Islamicate World (including North Africa, Sicily and al-Andalus, the Levant, Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Khorosan and northern India). We particularly encourage candidates whose research complements and expands the department’s current strengths. Applications from candidates whose work draws connections between multiple geographical regions or takes a transcultural approach within the Islamicate World and with neighbouring cultures, and who share the department’s commitment to decolonising the curriculum, are especially encouraged. Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in History in period c. 900-c.1250 CE with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship, and values of the University. 

Essential Research Criteria:

  • Qualifications – a good first degree and a PhD in in History of the period c. 900-c.1250 CE or a related subject (which for grade 7 candidates may be completed or under examination).
  • Outputs – experience, skills (including linguistic) and/or achievements which demonstrate experience of or the potential to produce high-quality outputs in the history of the period c.900-c.1250 CE, some of which is recognised as world-class. Candidates are asked to submit two research outputs (usually articles or book/thesis chapters) with their application (as outlined in the How to Apply section below). Candidates may additionally choose to submit evidence such as external peer review of their outputs.
  • Personal Research Plan – evidence of a personal research plan setting out your plans for historical research over the next five years, which supports and enhances the History Department’s research strategy.

Essential Teaching Criteria:

  • Qualification – candidates must be or have the ability to attain the rank of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, which is the national body that champions teaching excellence.
  • Quality – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to deliver high quality teaching in History.
  • Innovation – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to innovate in the design and delivery of high quality teaching or assessment of learning including lectures, small group learning and/or using technology or other techniques to enhance learning and/or assessment.
  • Strategic – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to engage in the design of excellent teaching programmes which are research informed and led.

The deadline for applications is 26 January 2022, and successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1 September 2022. To apply, please visit the job advertisement.