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The Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University in the UK seeks to appoint an outstanding scholar to the role of Assistant Professor in Classics (Greek History) at Grade 7/8. We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Greek History; while a focus on the Ancient Near East in addition to specialisation in Greek History would be desirable, it is not essential.

The Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University is one of the very best in the UK and indeed worldwide, with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We were ranked joint second in REF 2014 in terms of the quality of our research (by grade point average), and joint first for both research environment and the Impact of our research. We attract large numbers of exceptionally talented undergraduate, MA and doctoral students, and we focus on high quality research-led teaching, often in small groups. We are consistently ranked amongst the top Classics Departments in the UK in student-facing guides, and student satisfaction with our degree programmes, as measured by the most recent (2020) annual NSS Survey, stands at 96.1%.

Candidates are expected to make a strong case for complementing existing areas and/ or developing new areas of research excellence in the Department. We have a long tradition of excellence in Greek and Latin literature, ancient history and ancient philosophy. Three interdisciplinary research centres are based in the Department: the Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East, the Durham Centre for Classical Reception, and the Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. In addition to these established areas of strength, we are interested in developing collaborations with other cross-Departmental research initiatives: for example, visual arts and culture, medical humanities, and digital humanities. For more information, please visit our Department pages at

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in Greek History, with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard, and to engage fully in the services, citizenship, and values of the University. A commitment to MA teaching, doctoral supervision, and postdoctoral mentoring is essential. The ability and willingness to teach Greek language at all levels is essential, and the ability to teach Latin language at all levels is desirable: the Department takes pride in the linguistic training it offers, including very successful programmes of learning the classical languages ab initio.

The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process. Applicants must have a good first degree and a PhD (completed or under examination) in Greek History or a related subject.

All applicants are asked to submit:

1. A CV;

2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out in the criteria specified in the full job description;

3. A personal research plan for the next five years of no more than two sides of A4;

4. An EDI & values statement;

5. Two of your most significant pieces of written work, all of which were published or submitted since 2014.

For full details and information about how to apply for the post, please download the full job description here:

Assistant Professor in Classics (Greek History)

All applications must be submitted by January 14 2021 (23:59 GMT)