Assistant Professor in Classics (Greek Literature)

Institution Name 
Durham University, UK
Position Rank 
Assistant Professor
Area of Specialty 
Greek Literature
This position is 
Application Deadline 
October 3, 2018
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The Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University (UK) seeks to appoint two outstanding scholars to the role of Assistant Professor in Classics (Greek Literature) at Grade 7-8. We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Greek literature; for one of the posts, while a focus on Near Eastern Studies in addition to specialisation in Greek Literature would be desirable, it is not essential.

The Department of Classics and Ancient History 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 also regularly attract postdoctoral fellows to the Department. 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 annual NSS Survey, stands at 94%.

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 ancient Greek literature, 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 at all levels is essential: 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 Classics (Greek Literature) or a related subject. Candidates must be clear whether they are applying for the post at Grade 7 or Grade 8, and whether they wish to be considered for the post in Greek literature, or the post for which Near Eastern Studies is an additional desirable criterion.

We are confident that our recruitment process allows us to attract and select the best international talent to Durham. We therefore offer a reduced probation period of 1 year for our Assistant Professors and thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance, you will be confirmed in post.

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