Friday, November 07, 2014

HB and ancient Judaism job at Durham

Job Details
Senior Lecturer in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

Reference Number 4117
Location Durham City
Faculty/Division Arts & Humanities
Department Theology and Religion
Grade 9
Position Type Full Time
Contract Type Permanent
Salary (£) 48743 - 54841
Closing Date 15 December 2014

Job Description
The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University has a long-standing tradition of outstanding research and is widely recognized as one of the leading departments in its field. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise it was ranked first in the UK, while its teaching quality is shown in its consistently obtaining exceptionally high rankings in both National Student Surveys and independent league tables. Its strengths range across Biblical Studies (Old Testament / Hebrew Bible, New Testament, ancient Judaism, and Biblical languages), Christian theology (Greek and Latin patristics, the history and theology of late antiquity and the early middle ages, the Reformation, doctrinal and philosophical theology, and theological ethics), and the study of religion (the anthropology, sociology and psychology of religion). It also has centres in Catholic Studies and Death and Life Studies; and research projects in spirituality, theology and health, and Anglican studies. The Department has a welcoming and collegial atmosphere, and is beautifully sited between the Cathedral and the Castle on the World Heritage Site in the centre of the city of Durham.
The Department seeks to appoint a non-fixed-term Senior Lecturer in Old Testament / Hebrew Bible with effect from 1 September 2015. Those who currently teach in the area include Professors Walter Moberly and Stuart Weeks, while several other staff in the Department have cross-disciplinary research interests that relate to the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible. There is a fortnightly Old Testament Research Seminar, at which papers are presented by leading scholars from the UK and abroad as well as by members of staff and research postgraduates. More information about the Department is available at .
We invite applications from scholars with an established track record of excellent teaching and research in any aspect of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible studies, which may include ancient Judaism more broadly. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to teaching at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels, including the teaching of Hebrew, and may also be asked to contribute to teaching Aramaic or other ancient languages; to supervise postgraduate research students; to undertake outstanding research leading to publications of international significance; and to play a full part in the life of the department.
The university is an equal opportunities employer and acknowledges a range of flexible working practices.
Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

Job Summary and Purpose
The main features of the job will be:
a)        To conduct outstanding research leading to publications of international significance in the field of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible studies, which may include ancient Judaism more broadly.
b)        To teach at all undergraduate levels and at Masters level in the field of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible studies, including language teaching;
c)        To attract and supervise research students (MA and PhD);
d)        To submit applications for externally-funded research grants;
e)        To undertake administrative tasks in the Department of Theology and Religion, as agreed with the Head of Department.
The post-holder will be responsible to the Head of the Department of Theology and Religion.

The key responsibilities of the job will be in teaching (lecturing, seminar leading, course organisation, marking, and dissertation supervision), research (writing and publication) and administration, within the team of staff constituting the Department of Theology and Religion.
‘Research’ may extend to pursuing research which may create ‘impact’ as understood by the UK Research Excellence Framework, but this is not a requirement for the post.

Person Specification

1. Doctoral degree in a relevant area of scholarship
2. Track record, appropriate to career stage, of outstanding research publication 
3. Evidence of a planned programme of research that is compatible with and will enhance the Department's research profile, and including plans to secure external research income
4. Experience of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Old Testament / Hebrew Bible studies, including language teaching, and where possible including experience of postgraduate research supervision and examination

Skills and Competencies 
5. The ability to teach and organize courses, and mark assignments in the field of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
6. Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written
7. Scholarly expertise in appropriate languages, including the ability to teach ancient Hebrew and to contribute to the teaching of Aramaic
8. Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, in research, teaching and administration
9.  Ability and willingness to secure external research income
10. Good IT skills
11. The applicant’s research has the potential to shape the disciplinary agenda and/or create public benefit or impact in terms of individual or societal wellbeing or the economy outside the academic community.
11. The ability to teach one or more further appropriate ancient languages

Additional Information
Guidance for written application 

1. It is essential that in your written application you give evidence of examples of proven experience in relation to the selection criteria.

2. Please include with your application
(a) A statement (of up to 1,000 words) of the research project(s) you aim to pursue in the next five years. Where relevant this should mention any potential impact you envisage your research having outside higher education.
(b) A short statement discussing your approach to beginners’ language teaching.
These materials may be incorporated into your letter of application or included as separate documents.

3. You should include a sample of your recent scholarly writing (c. 5,000-7,000 words) with your application.
At interview, shortlisted candidates will be asked to give a 20-minute presentation on an aspect of their current or recent research to a mixed audience of academic staff and postgraduates from across the Department of Theology and Religion.
Interviews will be held in January 2015 - date to be confirmed.
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