Lecturer in Classical Archaeology

Fulltime Permanent University of Birmingham
  • Post Date : June 4, 2021
  • Salary: £55750
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Job Description

Lecturer in Classical Archaeology – School of History and Cultures – Grade 8 – 97460

– (210000UO)

Position Details

School of History and Cultures

Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,553. With potential progression once in post to £55,750 a year

Grade 8

Full Time


Closing date – 17 June 2021

The Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Classical Archaeology, preferably with a research specialism in the Greek Archaic to Classical periods. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to modules on Greek and Roman culture at all levels and to offer optional modules at UG and PG level on topics in classical art, architecture and archaeology. The successful candidate will also be the academic curator of the department’s archaeological teaching collection.

The successful candidate will have an excellent research record appropriate to their career stage. The Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology was ranked fifth overall by the REF2014 national research audit. It is home to a supportive research environment, and a community of scholars dedicated to scholarly excellence.

Expected start date September 2021

Role Purpose

To create and disseminate knowledge through initiating and conducting original research, through outstanding publications and through developing and delivering high quality undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes, as appropriate to the disciplinary area. In addition, to contributing to the department/school through management/leadership, and enterprise activities, as appropriate.

Scope of the Role

Contribute to the whole range of research, teaching and administration.

Research is likely to involve initiating, conducting and disseminating original research. The research has measurable outcomes and is reflected in a growing national reputation and often an incipient international reputation. The high quality research is envisage as contributing to the universities’ impact agenda.

Teaching will include a substantial contribution to: (a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability. The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including: (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, (b) supervising and examining PhD students, and (c) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

Management and administration is likely to involve contributions at Departmental and School level, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/leadership activities (e.g. working groups) within the University. This may include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activities at Department/School level or further within the University.

Main responsbilities


To plan and carry out research, using appropriate methodology and techniques. This may include, where appropriate to the discipline:

Pursue personal research including developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support.
Plan, publish and/or execute high quality research (3* and at least some 4* research as measured by the REF)
Project manage research activities, and/or supervise other research staff
Present findings in high quality publications and conference proceedings
Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued
Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally
Provide expert advice to staff and students within the discipline
Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
Develop and make substantial contributions to impact, knowledge transfer, public engagement, and similar activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University.

Learning and Teaching

To use a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students. Where appropriate to the discipline this may include:

Teach and examine courses at a range of levels
Plan and review own teaching approaches and act as a mentor to encourage others to do the same
Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the Department or School, as appropriate
Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work, contributing to the final award – as a mark or as credit – such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations.
Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field
Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media
Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods
Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and University
Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work


To contribute to Departmental/School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:

Contribute to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the Department/School
Advise on personal development of colleagues and students
Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups)
Contribute to public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and University

Skills and Experience

Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications, or close to completion
Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research
Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels


Excellent publications record demonstrated by a sustained series of existing and forthcoming publications at a high scholarly level (at least some 4* publications/the potential for 4* publications as defined by REF).
Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, impact, enterprise and similar activity


Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise high quality teaching programmes
Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching, and advising colleagues
Experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability

Management Administration

Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes
Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Elena Theodorakopoulos, Head of Department, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.

Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Job Academic Non-clinical
Organization History and Cultures
Schedule Regular
Job Posting 26.05.2021, 6:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description) Grade 8
Advert Close Date 17.06.2021, 5:59:00 PM

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