Lecturer in Byzantine Studies (Byzantine History) University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Lecturer in Byzantine Studies (Byzantine History)


Vacancy Ref: : 039868 Closing Date : 08-Jun-2017


Contact Person : Prof. Gavin Kelly, Head of Classics Contact Number : +44 (0)131 650 3581


Contact Email : Gavin.kelly@ed.ac.uk

 


The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is seeking to appoint an outstanding scholar to a Lectureship in Byzantine Studies, with a focus on Byzantine History. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of internationally excellent publications and clear evidence of the potential for future development at the highest level. S/he will also be expected to make a significant contribution to the teaching of Byzantine Studies at undergraduate level, in both Classics and History, as well as at postgraduate level, especially in the framework of the cross-disciplinary Master’s programme in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies. The search will be open in terms of period and thematic interest, but with a preference for candidates who complement existing strengths in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

 

This is a full time, 35 hours, open ended post.


Salary: £39,324- £46,924 per annum.

 

Closing date: 5pm (GMT) 8th June 2017.

 

Job Purpose

 

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is seeking to appoint an outstanding scholar to a Lectureship in Byzantine Studies, with a focus on Byzantine History. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of internationally excellent publications and clear evidence of the potential for future development at the highest level. S/he will also be expected to make a significant contribution to the teaching of Byzantine Studies at undergraduate level, in both Classics and History, as well as at postgraduate level, especially in the framework of the cross-disciplinary Master’s programme in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies. The search will be open in terms of period and thematic interest, but with a preference for candidates who complement existing strengths in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

 

Main Responsibilities

 

• Develop a portfolio of internationally excellent research outputs to meet the research objectives of the School (approx. 35 per cent of time).

• Undertake honours teaching and dissertation supervision to meet the teaching objectives of Classics and History (approx. 20 per cent of time)

• Deliver sub-honours lectures and tutorials to meet the teaching objectives of Classics and History (initially approx. 5 per cent of time)

• Deliver postgraduate teaching to contribute to the goals of the Master’s programme in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies and the Graduate School. (approx. 15 per cent of time)

• Supervise doctoral students (initially approx. 5 per cent of time)

• Conduct teaching-related administration, including programme directorship of MSc in Late Antique, Islamic, and Byzantine Studies, to contribute to smooth running of teaching programmes in HCA (approx. 10 per cent of time)

• Provide advice and guidance to students to meet the pastoral objectives of the school (approx. 10 per cent of time)

 

Planning & Organising

 

Plan and carry out research; publish research outputs
Deliver honours, subhonours, and postgraduate teaching and supervision of undergraduate dissertations as directed by Head of Classics (in consultation with the Head of History)
Supervise doctoral research students
Plan and carry out administrative tasks as required, including the directorship of the Master’s programme in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies
Provide guidance to students through the Personal Tutor system

 

Problem Solving

 

Work with senior colleagues and the Student Support Office to assist students who encounter difficulties in their studies
Work with course organisers to assist students new to University studies
Work with support staff to deal with administrative issues

 

Decision Making

 

Decide on programmes of work for undergraduate and postgraduate students, including doctoral students.
Make decisions about the assessment of the work of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Participate in classification decisions.

 

Key Contacts/Relationships

 

Work with Head of Classics (in consultation with Head of History), Course Organisers, Student Support Officers and officers of the Graduate School to assist in the planning, delivery, assessment and administration of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.
Work with colleagues in the Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Research Group to contribute to research funding bids and to enhance the University’s profile and visibility in these areas

 

Knowledge, Skills & Experience


Qualifications/Training

 

Essential

 

A PhD in Byzantine Studies or an equivalent field.
Evidence of expertise in Byzantine history and culture.

 

Experience

 

Essential

 

Teaching experience at undergraduate level.
Experience of undergraduate assessment.
Portfolio of internationally excellent research.

 

Desirable

 

Experience of online and postgraduate teaching, including doctoral supervision.
Relevant IT skills including online learning.
Relevant administrative experience.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies

 

Essential

 

Knowledge of Byzantine history and culture.
Knowledge of Byzantine Greek and other relevant source languages.
Ability to produce internationally excellent research.
Awareness of best practice in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
Awareness of issues in assessment.

 

Desirable

 

Expertise that complements current strengths, such as in economic or military history, history of Byzantine medicine of philosophy, the empire’s interactions with the Islamic world, and/or in Byzantine sigillography/ numismatics.
Knowledge of online teaching practices.
Awareness of teaching-related administrative practices.
Knowledge of means of delivering pastoral care of students.

 

Personal Attributes

 

Essential
Excellent presentation and communication skills.
Commitment to quality in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
Commitment to producing internationally excellent research.
Versatility in approach to teaching.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to work as part of a team.
Capacity to enthuse and motivate.

 

Desirable
Capacity for innovation in development of teaching.
Capacity for delivering on-line teaching.

 

Dimensions

 

Teach and assess on undergraduate and postgraduate Classics and History programmes, including doctoral supervision, in classes ranging from ca. 250 students (Medieval Worlds) to graduate courses with 5-10 students
Supervise 5-10 undergraduate and MSc dissertations per annum on a one to one basis
Contribute to administration of Subject Area and School.
Assist in enhancing the University’s reputation as an international centre of excellence in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies.
Provide pastoral care and academic guidance to ca. 25 students as a personal tutor

 

Job Context & Other Relevant Information

 

The appointee will formally be based in Classics, but the vast majority of their teaching will be equally available to students in the Classics and History subject areas and the HCA Graduate School.
The appointee will contribute actively to the School’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Research Group and the University’s Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, collaborating with colleagues in all three subject areas of HCA as well as in other Schools across the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

 

Application Procedure

 

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.
You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.
The closing date is 5pm (GMT) 8th June 2017.

 

Eligibility to Work

 

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

 

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

 

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

 

If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, the University has the authority to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa) in accordance with current UK Visas and Immigration rules.

 

For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website

 

However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.


If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts and come from outside the EEA, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.

 

The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route offers a greater flexibility in your employment compared to other UK immigration routes, meaning you can, for example, move organisation, location and/or job role. By contrast with, a Tier 2 visa where you are ‘tied to a UK sponsor’. Tier 1 provides greater flexibility in undertaking additional engagements, such as collaborations and is intended as a route to settlement. Allowed absences from the UK are up to 180 days per year without losing the eligibility to qualify for settlement, with no restriction on the reason for absence (unlike Tier 2, where any absences from the UK must be for a purpose consistent with the person’s employment or economic activity, including paid annual leave, or for serious or compelling personal reasons).

 

You would initially need to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK).

 

Tier1 (Exceptional and Exceptional Promise) Endorsement Criteria

 

Once successfully endorsed, you are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. More information on this entry route is available at UKVI Website.

 

Conditions of Employment

 

Pension Scheme

 

This role is grade 8 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

 

For further information please visit our Pensions website.

 

Salary

 

The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £39,324 to £46,924 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

 

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

 

Classics


Classics at Edinburgh offers teaching across all the main areas of classical studies – Greek and Latin Literature and Thought, Ancient History, and Classical Art and Archaeology – and is currently expanding into both Byzantine and Medieval Latin Studies. All academic staff teach at all levels of the curriculum, and teaching is taken very seriously.


Undergraduate applications to the uniquely flexible single and joint honours degrees in Classics are buoyant and applications and enrolments are high. There is a very strong and growing presence of over 60 postgraduate students, both in our four taught programmes (Classics; Ancient History; Classical Art and Archaeology; Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies) and in our research degrees, with increasing numbers of students coming from abroad.

 

Research interests in the subject area cover virtually all areas of classical studies. Our archaeologists conduct fieldwork from Italy to (Sasanian) Iran; our historians are doing groundbreaking work on the Ancient Greek city, the history of the Hellenistic empires, Roman slavery, and late Roman culture and politics. Our language and literature staff cover Greek and Latin literature from Archaic and Classical Greece via Augustan and Imperial Rome to the late antique and medieval transmission and reception of the Greek and Latin Classics. In REF2014, the most recent research assessment exercise, Classics was ranked fifth in the UK for its combined quality and size. Full information about the subject area can be found on our website at:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology/classics



The School of History, Classics and Archaeology


From its foundation in 1583, the University of Edinburgh has maintained a distinguished tradition of higher learning and academic excellence. Today the University is one of Britain's leading research institutions with an international reputation for scholarship and achievement; and access to research libraries of world importance. The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is located within the College of the Humanities and Social Science, founded in August 2002. It is co-located in a completely refurbished 'A' listed building designed by the distinguished Scottish architect, Sir Robert Rowand Anderson in the nineteenth century, with state of the art facilities for staff and students.

 

The School combines the expertise of the subject areas of History, Classics and Archaeology along with the Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies and the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Though each subject area has its own areas of special concern, there are many activities and interests in common and important synergies between areas. There is a full programme of seminars and conferences, and close links are also maintained with subject areas in other Schools.

 

We are one of the largest, most distinguished and most highly ranked centres for the study of the human past in Europe, with over 120 teaching, research and administrative staff. Teaching is provided to around 1500 undergraduate and over 250 postgraduate students drawn from some 40 countries. Around 600 of our students are from outside the UK, reflecting the School's high international reputation.

 

The range of choice in our programmes is remarkably diverse while at the same time the structure allows for study in depth of particular areas, themes and periods. The subject areas have an outstanding international reputation for research and enjoy a very lively research culture.



College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci)
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 12,600 undergraduates, 4,500 taught postgraduates, 2,000 research students and more than 3,100 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.

 

Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)

 

The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission's overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we're particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.



The University of Edinburgh


For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.


The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

 

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

 

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