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The Department of Archaeology at Durham University in the UK seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor. We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Historical Archaeology, defined here the archaeology of any historical society worldwide from c. AD/CE 1500 to 1900.

We particularly welcome applications from those specialising in North America and/or the West Indies and/or Africa, or the Baltic World, with a research and teaching track record in themes such as colonialism and slavery; transatlantic connections, trade and commercialisation; or industrialisation.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution. For more information, please visit our Department pages at

Our vision is to build upon our strengths as a world-class research department. All of our Assistant Professors are encouraged to focus on research and teaching but also to engage in wider citizenship to enhance their own development, to support their department and wider discipline, and to contribute to the wider student experience. The University is committed to developing all of our colleagues to achieve their full potential. We promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment to ensure that all colleagues can thrive. We are committed to the principles of equality and diversity for all our staff and students. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates.

Candidates should have recently completed their PhD in Anthropology or Archaeology.

Candidates should submit a covering letter detailing their experience, strengths and potential in relation to the requirements set out for the post.

Applicants should also submit a CV and a personal research plan of c. 2 pages in length (max) and three pieces of written work (such as a published article, article manuscript or dissertation chapter), published or in press since 2014. For further information and how to apply

Interviews are likely to be in March 2020

Application Materials Required:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Plan (2 pages maximum)
  • Three pieces of written work
  • Three References (no actual letters, just names and email addresses)

Further Info:

Inquiries should be addressed to

Professor Sarah Semple, Head of Department at:

Department of Archaeology

Durham University

South Road