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University Lecturer

The Department of Archaeology is seeking to appoint a University Lecturer in the Evolution of Health, Diet and Disease, to start at a date to be mutually agreed between January 1st and September 1st 2019. The successful candidate will possess broad-range expertise in the long-term, recent and/or current evolution and biosocial history of human health, diet and disease within the framework of biological anthropology, or bioarchaeology, or related areas of human and/or pathogen research. They will address such issues using potentially, but not exclusively, bioinformatic, biomolecular, clinical, epidemiological, genetic, microbiomic, pathogenic or skeletally-based approaches.

The successful candidate will play a key role in the formulation of a new generation of intellectually driven research and undergraduate and graduate teaching in the recent and deeper time dynamics of health, diet and disease, working within the framework and opportunities of a radically enlarged new Department committed to interdisciplinary approaches. The successful candidate is also expected to contribute actively to the Department's aim of developing wider strategic connections and initiatives across and beyond the University. The appointment made will be permanent, subject to a probationary period of five years.

Candidates will need to show evidence of the following qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • Excellent first degree and a doctorate (or clear evidence that completion of such a doctorate is imminent) in biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, or cognate fields.
  • Evidence of ability to engage in internationally outstanding research.
  • Publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career.
  • Evidence of ability to initiate and engage in international collaborations, including grant acquisition.
  • Evidence of ability to lead-teach an undergraduate core course in the evolution and dynamics of human health, diet and disease, as well as to lead-teach or contribute substantially to other undergraduate and/or graduate courses in related fields.
  • Evidence of ability to contribute substantively to core method and theory courses in biological anthropology, human evolutionary studies, or archaeology, with a strong preference for interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Ability to play an effective role in the life and work of the Department and University as a whole.
  • Ability to work co-operatively with academic colleagues and support staff.
  • Ability to work as a willing and effective contributor on Departmental and Faculty committees and work groups.

The successful applicant will benefit from the outstanding facilities offered by the University and the generous support of research and teaching provided by the Department and McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. The successful applicant will be expected to play an important role in the life and work of the Department as a whole and be a willing and effective contributor on committees and work groups. The post-holder will take a full share of teaching within the range of core and thematic papers and modules taught within the Department at all levels, from first year undergraduate to doctoral research. Duties of the role will also include examination, assessment, administration, and outreach.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applications should include a covering letter indicating the nature of the contribution you would make to teaching and research (current and future), curriculum vitae including an up-to-date list of publications, and the names and contact details of THREE referees. Applicants should ask their referees to submit their letters of reference via the on-line system by one week after the closing date.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit two samples of published work or extracts of published work totaling no more than 20,000 words in length. Those invited for interview will be asked to make a short presentation followed by questions and will have an interview with the Faculty Appointments Committee.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Cyprian Broodbank, Head of Department, Director of the McDonald Institute, and Disney Professor (e-mail:

Please quote reference JD15393 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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