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Lecturer in American History, Birkbeck College, University of London

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Lecturer in American History, Birkbeck College, University of London

June 23, 2016

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (HCA) invites applications for a Lectureship in American History. We seek to appoint an outstanding scholar working on any aspect of the long twentieth century (c.1870-present). Interest in American engagement in issues stretching beyond the US and/or in teaching American history in a global context is an asset, but we are eager to consider all fields of expertise. Applicants should ideally have completed a doctorate in History, and they should have a research record that shows clear evidence of outstanding potential to contribute to the national and international profile of the Department.

HCA has a longstanding commitment to research-led teaching. Experience of teaching at undergraduate level is expected, but experience in lecturing and conducting seminars at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels is desirable.

The person appointed will engage in scholarly research and publication; take responsibility for organization, supervision and teaching of the broad field of American history at undergraduate and postgraduate level; supervise postgraduate students; and participate in Departmental, School and College administration as required.

In addition to the application form, applicants are requested to submit only two documents a curriculum vitae and covering letter in which they address the requirements of the post. Discussion of research and teaching interests should include consideration of how the applicant would strengthen HCA, in relation to bolstering our current profile and/or in adding new dimensions to HCA’s taught programmes and research.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit outlines for one two-term BA option and one one-term MA option. Full details of our courses can be found at www.bbk.ac.uk/history/prospective-students, and for more on HCA’s areas of research, see the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 Environment template, downloadable from results.ref.ac.uk/Submissions/Environment/284.

About the Department:

HCA has a long and distinguished record as a centre of research and teaching excellence. In the REF 2014, HCA was ranked seventh among all History departments in Britain (Times Higher Education research intensity table), with 85% of its research portfolio deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. As part of its plans for strategic development, and in accordance with its commitment to excellence in research and teaching across broad temporal and geographic ranges, an exceptional candidate will be appointed to this full-time, open-ended post in American History, to begin in January 2017.

For further information about the Department, please visit www.bbk.ac.uk/history/.

Further Information:

Salary: Grade 7 of the College’s London Pay Scale which is £36,150 rising to £41,318 per annum.

This post is full time, 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE) and open-ended. The salary quoted above is on the College’s London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 3 years. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

Interviews will likely be held within week commencing 4 July 2016.

For further information on this opportunity please contact Dr Frederick Anscombe, Assistant Dean (Email:f.anscombe@bbk.ac.uk).

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