Durham University - Assistant Professor in Human Bioarchaeology and Forensic Science

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other. We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world. As part of Durham University, you’ll be working with exceptional minds, all with the desire to ask, and answer, the big questions. Access to leading edge facilities and an active contributor to the global research and university community means you’ll be part of an international and diverse network of partners spanning the world’s best research institutions, organisations and businesses. And all this within the evocative and historic surroundings of the city, county and community that is Durham. We find it easy to be proud of the extraordinary people we have at Durham. We offer the inspiration, they achieve the outstanding. We invite you to join them. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University. We are committed to equality: if for any reason you have taken a career break or periods of leave that may have impacted on your career path, such as maternity, adoption or parental leave, you may wish to disclose this in your application. The selection committee will recognise that this may have reduced the quantity of your research accordingly. Durham University’s Athena Swan institutional award recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting and supporting the development of women. We have also signed up to the Race Equality Charter, a national framework for improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares. Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1st July 2021.

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The Department

The Department of Archaeology at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor. We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad fields of Human Bioarchaeology and Forensic Science.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution. For more information, please visit our Department pages at https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/

Assistant Professors at Durham

The University is committed to enabling all of our colleagues to achieve their full potential. We promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment to ensure that all colleagues can thrive. Academic colleagues are supported to publish world-class research in their area of interest with a focus on quality in high impact journals, rather than quantity. We will fully support your research needs including practical help such as resources to attend conferences and to fund research activity, as well as a generous research leave policy and a designated mentor. Sitting alongside world class research; teaching quality and innovation is critical to ensure a first class learning environment and curricula for all of our students. You will be supported to develop your teaching expertise and to engage in teaching innovation to embed our student experience.

All of our Assistant Professors are encouraged to focus on research and teaching but also to engage in wider citizenship to enhance their own development, to support their department and discipline, and to contribute to the wider student experience.

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.

Assistant Professor in Human Bioarchaeology and Forensic Science

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Human Bioarchaeology and Forensic Science, with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. 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.

Key responsibilities:

  • Pursue research that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour, commensurate with the Department’s continuing emphasis on international excellence;
  • Develop clear plans for the pursuit of suitable national and international funding opportunities to support research and end-user engagement;
  • Play a role in relevant teaching and research supervision, and contribute to ongoing curriculum development;
  • Contribute to enhancing the quality of the research environment in the Department, the wider University and beyond through collaborative research activity;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to take contribute to the administrative work, citizenship and values of the Department;
  • Offer lectures, laboratory-based practicals, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels in the fields of Human Bioarchaeology and related Forensic Science, with the opportunity to teach more widely within the Department, as well as engaging in related activity such as assessment;
  • To fully engage in and enhance the values of the Department;
  • To explore and develop collaborative teaching and research with other Science and Social Science Departments within the University.
  • To contribute to attracting and supervising research students, and to enhance the Department’s commitment to its vibrant and international postgraduate culture.
  • Carry out such other duties as specified by the Head of Department.

Person Specification

Candidates applying for a grade 7 post will have recently completed or be concluding their PhD and, while they may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the essential criteria.

Candidates applying for a grade 8 post must meet all of the essential criteria.

Research

Candidates must have capacity for and be progressing towards the independent development of internationally excellent research that produces high quality outcomes, including some work that is recognised as world class.

Essential Research Criteria – Grade 7

  1. 1)Qualifications – a good first degree and a PhD in Archaeological or Forensic Science or a related subject (which for grade 7 candidates may be completed or under examination).
  2. 2)Outputs – experience, skills and/or achievements which demonstrate experience of, or the potential to produce, high quality outputs in Human Bioarchaeology and Forensic Science, some of which are recognised as world-class. Candidates are asked to submit three research papers with their application (as outlined in the How to Apply section below). Candidates may additionally choose to submit evidence such as external peer review of their outputs.
  3. 3)Personal Research Plan – evidence of a personal research plan which supports and enhances the Department of Archaeology’s research strategy.

Essential Research Criteria – Grade 8

  1. 1)Qualifications – a good first degree and a PhD in Archaeological or Forensic Science or a related subject.
  2. 2)Outputs – evidence of high quality outputs in the field of Human Bioarchaeology and Forensic Science, some of which are recognised as world-class. Candidates are asked to submit three research papers with their application (as outlined in the How to Apply section below). Candidates may additionally choose to submit evidence such as external peer review of their outputs.
  3. 3)Personal Research Plan – evidence of a personal research plan which supports and enhances the Department of Archaeology’s research strategy.

Teaching

Candidates must demonstrate the development and delivery of high quality teaching that contributes to providing a world class learning environment and curricula which enables students to achieve their potential.

Essential Teaching Criteria – Grade 7

  1. 1)Qualification – candidates must be or have the ability to attain the rank of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/individuals/fellowship/fellow), which is the national body that champions teaching excellence.
  2. 2)Proven teaching experience in Human Bioarchaeology and cognate Forensic Science disciplines.
  3. 3)Quality – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to deliver high quality teaching.
  4. 4)Innovation – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to innovate in the design and delivery of high quality teaching or assessment of learning, including lectures, small-group learning, laboratory practicals, and/or using technology or other techniques to enhance learning and/or assessment.
  5. 5)Strategic – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to engage in the design of excellent teaching programmes that are research-informed and research-led.

Essential Teaching Criteria – Grade 8

  1. 1)Qualification – candidates must be or have the ability to attain the rank of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/individuals/fellowship/fellow), which is the national body that champions teaching excellence.
  2. 2)Proven teaching experience in Human Bioarchaeology and cognate Forensic Science disciplines.
  3. 3)Quality – evidence of the development and delivery of high quality teaching.
  4. 4)Innovation – evidence of innovation in the design and delivery of high quality teaching or assessment of learning including lectures, small-group learning, laboratory practicals, and/or using technology or other techniques to enhance learning and/or assessment.
  5. 5)Strategic – evidence of strategic teaching development; engagement in the design of excellent teaching programmes that are research-informed and research-led.

Services, Citizenship and Values

Candidates must actively engage in the administrative requirements of the Department and positively contribute to fostering a collegial environment; as well as demonstrating their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Essential Services, Citizenship and Values criteria – Grade 7

  1. 1)Collegial contribution – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to participate in the collegial/administrative activities or an academic Department, Faculty or University. (Candidates may choose to evidence departmental or University roles, mentoring activity, engagement with widening participation, involvement in equality and diversity initiatives, and membership or engagement with external bodies.)
  2. 2)Leadership – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to engage in activities that contribute to the administrative functioning of an academic Department, Faculty, University and/or discipline, including leadership or responsibilities in an academic context. (Candidates may choose to detail any leadership roles which they have undertaken, preferably in an academic context.)
  3. 3)Communication – candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.

Essential Services, Citizenship and Values criteria – Grade 8

  1. 1)Collegial contribution – evidence of participation in the collegial/administrative activities of an academic Department, Faculty or University. (Candidates may choose to evidence departmental or University roles, mentoring activity, engagement with widening participation, involvement in equality and diversity initiatives, and membership or engagement with external bodies.)
  2. 2)Leadership – engagement in activities that contribute to the administrative functioning of an academic Department, Faculty, University and/or discipline including leadership or responsibilities in an academic context. (Candidates may choose to detail any leadership roles which they have undertaken, preferably in an academic context.)
  3. 3)Communication - candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.

Desirable Criteria – Grade 7

The desirable criteria for this post (for which candidates should provide evidence of some if not all criteria) are:

  1. 1)Research Leadership – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to contribute to the leadership of research groups and the mentoring of early career researchers. (Candidates may choose to include information about research group leadership, mentoring of research colleagues, invitations to external events, and engagement with international networks or projects.)
  2. 2)PhD Supervision – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to provide excellent supervision for PhD students.
  3. 3)Research Impact – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to evidence research impact beyond their institution.
  4. 4)Case-work experience in forensic contexts.
  5. 5)Income Generation – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to develop successful research project proposals.

Desirable Criteria – Grade 8

The desirable criteria for this post (for which candidates should provide evidence of some if not all criteria) are:

  1. 1)Research Leadership – contribution to the leadership of research groups and the mentoring of early career researchers. (Candidates may choose to include information about research group leadership, mentoring of research colleagues, invitations to external events, and engagement with international networks or projects.)
  2. 2)Research outputs in forensic science and human bioarchaeology.
  3. 3)Case-work experience in forensic contexts.
  4. 4)PhD Supervision – involvement in the provision of excellent supervision for PhD students.
  5. 5)Research Impact – demonstrable evidence of the impact of the Candidate’s research beyond their institution.
  6. 6)Income Generation – evidence of engagement in the development of successful research project proposals.

Contact Information

Department contact for academic-related enquiries

Professor Rebecca Gowland

rebecca.gowland@durham.ac.uk

Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application

If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email. Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk


University contact for general queries about the recruitment process
Leah Harrison, Recruitment Coordinator
Faculty of Social Sciences and Health
leah.t.harrison@durham.ac.uk
+44 (0) 191 334 6529

How to Apply

We prefer to receive applications online.

As a University we foster a collegiate community of extraordinary people aligned to the University’s values. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do. At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive, and in doing so, recruit the world’s best candidates from all backgrounds and identities. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI. We therefore ask that as part of your application you provide a statement (of no more than 1 side of A4) which outlines work which you have been involved in which demonstrates your commitment to EDI and our values.

Please note that in submitting your application, we will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

Information if you have a disability

The University welcomes applications from disabled people. We are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, adjustments will be made to support people within their role.

If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us on e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk.

What to Submit

  • A CV
  • A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
  • A personal research plan.
  • An EDI & values statement
  • Three of your most significant pieces of written work, all of which published or submitted since 2014.

Where possible we request that you provide web links to these which the hiring Department will access to read your work. The application form contains fields in which to enter each of the web links.

In the event you are unable to provide accessible links to online hosting of your work, your work should be uploaded as PDFs as part of your application in our recruitment system. Please ensure that your PDFs are not larger than 1mb. Please note that your work may be read by colleagues from across the Department and evaluated against the current REF criteria.

Please save all application documents with your name and document type as PDF files.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

Referees

You should provide details of 3 academic referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference (if they are not listed as an academic referee). Please note:

  • We shall seek the academic references during the application process. Academic referees should not (if possible) include your PhD supervisor(s) and a majority should be from a University other than your own (save for early career applicants applying for their first post). We would ask that you alert your academic referees to this application as soon as possible, and provide them with a copy of the CV you submit with your application, so that we can quickly obtain references should you be progressed to the interview stage. As part of your application you will be asked whether you give your consent to your academic references being sought should you be invited to attend interview.
  • Academic references sought for short-listed candidates may be made available to the panel during the interview process.
  • We will seek a reference from your current line-manager if we make you an offer of employment (albeit you may have also nominated your line manager as an academic referee). Please clearly indicate which referee is your current line-manager and please let us know if we should only approach them once an offer has been made.

Next Steps

All applications will be considered; our usual practice is for colleagues across the Department to read the submitted work of long-listed candidates.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to the University and will have the opportunity to meet key members of the Department. The assessment for the post will normally include a presentation to staff and students in the Department and a short teaching exercise with students, followed by an interview and we anticipate that the assessments and interviews will take place over two days in or around April 2021

In the event that you are unable to attend in person on the date offered, it may not be possible to offer you an interview on an alternative date.

About the Department

Durham University’s Department of Archaeology is one of the UK’s best Departments of Archaeology with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and 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 2019, Complete University Guide 2019) and one of the top six globally (World University QS rankings 2019).

Our vision is to build upon our strengths as a world-class research department and we are firmly committed to the principles of equality and diversity for all our staff and students. We offer broad thematic, chronological and geographical coverage, with world-class fieldwork projects, scientific expertise and a laboratory and commercial infrastructure to match. We are an outward-looking community – collaborating strategically with a worldwide network of scholars, institutions and heritage agencies, and our archaeological and interdisciplinary research creates demonstrable societal and economic impacts, both in the UK and around the world.

We expect the new Assistant Professor in Human Bioarchaeology and Forensic Science to compliment and expand our existing research: geographically, chronologically, thematically and methodologically. Our expertise covers the Palaeolithic period to the present-day, and from South Asia to the Mediterranean, Europe and the British Isles, and we run fieldwork projects across the world. Our archaeological and interdisciplinary research is helping tackle some of the ‘Global Challenges’ facing the world, such as environmental change and natural disasters, ethnic tensions, migration of people and animals, challenges to health and well-being, social inequalities, misunderstandings of world religions, and damage to the integrity of the world’s heritage in conflict zones.

Archaeological Science represents an existing key strength and Durham’s Bioarchaeology Research Group is world-renowned in terms of both research and teaching. The post-holder will capitalise on our outstanding and world-leading facilities and expertise in human bioarchaeology and related specialisms (e.g. biomolecular analyses: isotopes and aDNA) and build new strengths in Forensic Science. Working Rebecca Gowland, the post-holder will deliver high quality and excellent publications, establish a portfolio of grant-funded projects, nurture new PhD students, and collaborate on strengthening the Department of Archaeology’s impact in the fields of human bioarchaeology and forensic science.

The post-holder will join the teaching team and take the lead on the MSc programme in Human Bioarchaeology and Palaeopathology. They will also contribute more broadly to teaching on the MSc in Bioarchaeology, and our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, combining training in archaeology, bioarchaeology and forensic related areas. In addition to expertise in human bioarchaeology, the candidate will have demonstrable experience in cognate forensic disciplines and experience of forensic case work is desirable. They will develop innovative, practical-based training for students. They will lead on the development of a new MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology programme and explore the potential for collaboration with other departments, as well as the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, the Centre for Modern Conflicts and Cultures, the Human Rights Centre, the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) and the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience. They will build links with external organisations involved in the process of human identification in forensic contexts.

We are looking to expand and complement our research-led and small groups teaching and continue to improve our impressive NSS scores. For further information on our current projects, research and teaching see www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/

About Durham University

As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career while enjoying a high quality work/life balance. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare provision and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

If you’d like to find out more about the University or relocating you and your family to Durham, please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/
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