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Assistant Professor in Medieval Literature

Durham University
United Kingdom
Posted date
Sep 20, 2019

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of English Studies at Durham University seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in Medieval Literature (Grade 7 or 8).  The successful candidate will have research and teaching interests in the field of later medieval literature and culture, as well as the ability to teach Old English language and literature and the history of the language. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates with interests in the history of ideas and in the intersections of medieval literature with other discourses and periods.  This might include the connections of medieval literature with medieval science, philosophy, medicine, psychology and/or visual culture, with cognitive studies, and/or with later literature and culture.  An ability to contribute to transhistorical research themes and to teaching in other periods will also be welcome. The successful candidate will join and contribute to a department with existing strengths in many aspects of medieval literature and culture, including romance, Arthurian literature, early Middle English and Old Norse. 


The successful candidate will be able to provide evidence of outstanding research potential and/or achievement in any area of the literature and culture of the medieval period and will be expected to develop undergraduate and postgraduate modules reflecting their research specialism, as well as to teach broadly on the Department’s curriculum as appropriate. S/he will also be expected to attract and supervise postgraduate research students at PhD level and to engage with the University’s research centres and institutes, including the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.  S/he will contribute to strengthening and enhancing the University’s international profile through teaching and research of global reach and significance.

In the UK University system this is classed as a permanent role with a full open ended contract

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