Closing date: 4 March 2022 at Midnight (UK)
As one of the leading Departments of Archaeology in
the UK, we have developed a world-leading reputation for excellence in teaching, research and the employability of our students. We are
regularly ranked one of the top two Archaeology departments in the UK (e.g., Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, The Guardian
University Guide 2021, Complete University Guide 2020) and one of the top six globally (World University QS rankings
Our academics are shaping the future of our discipline with world-leading research that spans all aspects of archaeology, from
the local to the global and the social to scientific. Our distinctive approach to research-led teaching ensures our programmes are cutting
edge and intellectually stimulating for our 400+ students, while our state-of the art laboratories specializing in environmental
archaeology, materials analysis, artefact conservation, isotopes, DNA, microscopy, informatics, human remains, and luminescence dating
support our staff and students in achieving outstanding and original research at all levels.
We are building upon our strengths by
appointing a talented and ambitious Assistant Professor in Zooarchaeology. Expanding our current research and teaching strengths in
archaeological science, the new postholder will develop world-class research and teaching in the fields of zooarchaeology and environmental
archaeology. We welcome applications from those with active laboratory/field-based collaborative projects that address fundamental
archaeological research questions in any part of the world. We are particularly eager to hear from applicants who can build on and extend
our existing geographic and time-period coverage, who can contribute to our existing projects as well as developing their own, who are field
-active, and/or who have an interest in experimental or ethnographic approaches to archaeology and archaeological science.
successful candidate will pursue research that is world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour, commensurate with the
Department of Archaeology’s continuing emphasis on international excellence and demonstrated by outstanding publications. They will bring
experience and ambition in terms of seeking out national and international funding opportunities and develop research impact beyond the
Institution. They will develop and pursue international research collaborations to further enhance the Department’s global reputation in
archaeological science. They will also help develop our vibrant research postgraduate community by attracting students of exceptional
calibre from Britain and abroad to study with us at Durham.
Bringing excellent communication skills and teaching experience, the
successful candidate will take the lead on delivering and developing our BSc Archaeology, increasing its profile and recruitment, and they
will curate, expand, use, and increase access to our internationally renowned zooarchaeological reference collection. They will develop our
zooarchaeological teaching across our undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes, contributing to the MSc in Bioarchaeology and
developing a specific MSc pathway in Zooarchaeology, and will explore the potential for research and teaching collaboration with other
departments and research centres in Durham University, as well as external organisations. The successful candidate will also be expected to
participate in the collegial and administrative activities of the Department and demonstrate leadership within an academic context.