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Be inspired

At Durham University, we’ve created an extraordinary workplace that’s designed to inspire everyone who works here.

Here, you'll work with exceptional minds, all with the desire to ask, and answer, the biggest questions. You’ll have access to cutting-edge facilities that will enable you to become an active contributor to the global research and university community. And you’ll be part of an international and diverse network of partners spanning the planet’s best research institutions, organisations and businesses.

When we say you’ll have the opportunity to do outstanding things in the world, we mean it.

Discover a welcoming environment

As an academic at Durham, you’ll help create the stimulating environment that supports our students in becoming the best they can be, and you’ll inspire the great minds and leaders of tomorrow.

We’re also working hard to create a friendly and inclusive working environment where you’ll feel welcome, whoever you are and whatever your background. What’s more, being part of Durham is about more than just the success of the University. As we continue to grow, it’s also about contributing to the success of the city, county and community that is Durham itself.

Our academic roles

Depending on your skills and experience, you can join us in one of the following academic roles:

  1. Teaching Fellows
  2. Lecturers
  3. Postdoctoral Research Associates
  4. Assistant Professors
  5. Associate Professors
  6. Professors

Whichever role you’re interested in, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’re able to meet - or work towards - the requirements we set out against our key benchmarks.

Find out more about what’s required for each of our Academic Roles. 

Our academic tracks

Some of our academic roles (Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors) fall into one of our three Academic Tracks:

  1. Education (Grade 8 and above) - on this track, you’ll help us deliver outstanding teaching and develop pedagogical innovations alongside a team of truly world class colleagues.
  2. Research (Grade 7 and above) - on this track, you could be leading your own independent research or developing research ideas and research protocols, or you could be contributing to existing world-leading research projects.
  3. Research and Education (Grade 8 and above) - on this track, you’ll help deliver ground-breaking research through grant applications, publications and impact work, as well as innovative teaching, working alongside inspiring colleagues who are leaders in their field.

Whichever Academic Track you join, you’ll discover lots of career-defining opportunities. You’ll be part of a team of educators and researchers who are committed to making a difference to people's lives on a regional and global scale. And you’ll play your part in changing the shape of the world for the next generation.

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