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Career Development Fellow in Classics
Vacancy Ref: :     047235     Closing Date :     03-Apr-2019
Contact Person :     Gavin Kelly     Contact Number :    
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The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint a Career Development Fellow in Classics for one year from 1 September 2019. The Department’s coverage includes Greek and Latin language, literature, and philosophy; ancient history; classical art and archaeology; Byzantine studies, post-Classical Latin, and the classical tradition/ history of reception. Applicants in any of these fields are welcome. The appointee will devote most of their time to the completion of a programme of research, but will also gain experience in research-led teaching and large-scale lecturing and will organise a symposium in the area of their interests. Candidates will normally have obtained their PhD since 31 December 2017.

Salary: UE07 £33,199 to £39,609 per annum.

Closing date: 5pm (GMT) 3rd April 2019.

1. Job Details

Job title: Career Development Fellow in Classics

School/Support Department: School of History, Classics and Archaeology/ Classics

Line manager: Head of Classics

2. Job Purpose

This post is designed as a career development post for a recently qualified PhD for a fixed period. It is primarily a research post, but with opportunities for developing skills in course design and organisation and in large-group lecturing. The appointment may be made in any area of Classics.

3. Main Responsibilities

Approx. % of time

    To conduct high quality research of international standard, involving the preparation of a significant piece of research (e.g. preparing the thesis for publication as a book) or body of publications (e.g. a series of related journal articles) 65%
    To organise a symposium at the end of the academic year which involves internal and external experts in the postholder’s area engaging closely with the area of their research 15%
    To develop and teach an honours course in the postholder’s field, deliver a small number of lectures on a large sub-honours course, and supervising a small number of undergraduate and/or master’ dissertations 15%
    To work closely with the nominated mentor to identify training needs and relevant career development opportunities 5%

4. Planning and Organising

The post holder will agree a general plan of research and teaching with the nominated mentor and the Head of Classics. Progress will be monitored at pre-scheduled fortnightly meetings with the mentor. Excellent skills in planning and time management are required in this role to ensure the timely and efficient delivery of research outputs and high quality teaching.

5. Key Contacts/Relationships

    The postholder will work closely with the nominated mentor. The Head of Classics will be the line manager for this post.

6. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

• A PhD or equivalent, either completed, submitted, or demonstrably close to submission, in a Classical topic – typically, where graduated, not earlier than 31st December 2017. The panel will take into account career breaks, parental leaves, and other factors which applicants may bring to its attention.
• At least one internationally world-leading/ excellent publication, either published or accepted and imminently forthcoming.
• Evidence of commitment to, and potential for, excellent undergraduate teaching
• Ability to design and deliver course materials and assess student performance
• Expertise in relevant approaches and models, analytical techniques and methods
• Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• A combination of teaching and research experience which places the post holder at the forefront of the field of applicants for the position

• A track record of high quality publications
• Evidence of ability to secure external research income
• Experience of knowledge exchange and/or engagement with public bodies and stakeholders and wider publics

Applications must consist of:
• A letter of application, including paragraphs suggesting an honours course and a topic for a final symposium [NB: an honours course is a specialised one-semester course (22 hours of classes over 11 weeks), taught to ca. 15-25 students in their third or fourth year of study. Students are typically specialists in the area of the course, which will fall into one or more of the following pathways: Greek, Latin, Ancient History; Classical Art/ Archaeology; Classical Literature in Translation].
• A CV.
• A sample of written work – a PhD chapter, draft article, or published piece of work – of approximately 10,000 words (if submitting a longer piece, please indicate a section of no more than 10,000 words on which readers should concentrate).

The selection procedure will involve an interview and a presentation attended by members of the Department and School. Details of the requirements for the presentation will be included in invitations to interview.

Unless applicants signal that they wish to withhold their permission, members of the School will be given the opportunity to inspect, in confidence, the letters of application, writing samples and CVs of those who apply for this post; and the letters of application, writing samples and CVs of shortlisted applicants will be made available for inspection by all those attending any presentations prior to interview. References will be confidential to the selection panel.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 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 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 webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

    Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you 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). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
    Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE07 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.


The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,199 to £39,609 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.
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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.

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Candidates will normally have obtained their PhD since 31 December 2017.

At least one internationally world-leading/ excellent publication, either published or accepted and imminently forthcoming.