Lecturer in Assyriology

University of Cambridge Department of Archaeology

The Department of Archaeology seeks to appoint a permanent University Lecturer in Assyriology, to start on 1st January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful applicant will have a strong programme of independent research and will take the lead in coordinating and teaching on the Assyriology track within the Archaeology Tripos (undergraduate degree) and on the Assyriology MPhil (masters) degree. The post holder will provide lectures, teaching and research supervision in Assyriology at undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants must be able to teach elementary and advanced Akkadian and elementary Sumerian, to take a leading role in the teaching of Mesopotamian literature and culture, and to provide teaching in team-taught thematic courses and seminars within the Department, as appropriate. Applicants should have an active research project, or plans for one, which will attract graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. A complementary interest in broader Mesopotamian social/cultural history and/or material culture may be an advantage, although excellence at language teaching and research remains essential. There are potential opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

Normal duties include undergraduate and Masters examination and coursework assessment, supervision of MPhil and PhD students' research, departmental and university administration, and outreach. The successful applicant will benefit from the outstanding facilities offered by the University and the generous support for research and teaching provided by the Department and McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. 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:

  • Doctorate (or clear evidence that completion of a doctorate is imminent) in a relevant aspect of Assyriology.
  • Evidence of ability to teach Akkadian from elementary to advanced levels, to teach elementary Sumerian, as well as to develop and teach specialist courses at undergraduate and graduate levels in aspects of Mesopotamian culture.
  • Evidence of ability to engage in internationally outstanding research.
  • Publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career.
  • Evidence of the ability to initiate and engage in international collaborations, potentially including grant acquisition, commensurate with career stage.
  • Evidence of ability to contribute to team-taught inter-disciplinary or thematic modules within the Department.
  • 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, Faculty and University committees and work groups.

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Applications should include a covering letter describing your research (current and future) and indicating the nature of the contribution you would make to teaching, a curriculum vitae, including an up-to-date list of publications, and the names and contact details of THREE referees who can be contacted to provide a reference. Referees will be contacted by the University as soon as possible after submission of an application.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit three samples of published work or extracts of published work totalling no more than 20,000 words in length. Those invited for interview will be asked to make a short presentation, meet staff and students individually and in groups, and will have an interview with the Appointments Committee.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Cyprian Broodbank, Head of Department, cb122@cam.ac.uk or to Dr. Augusta McMahon (amm36@cam.ac.uk). For any queries about the application process or online system please contact hspshr@hermes.cam.ac.uk

Closing date: Friday 24th July 2020.

Please quote reference JD23095 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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