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Extraordinary opportunities for exceptional minds

If you’re looking for an academic role that gives you the opportunity to do outstanding things in the world, you’ll find it here at Durham University.

Teaching Fellows

As a Teaching Fellow you will join us for a fixed term, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable experience in your academic career. You’ll be responsible for teaching modules in appropriate learning environments at undergraduate/postgraduate levels. You’ll manage your own teaching, while also designing, planning and writing teaching materials. You’ll help develop and deliver an engaging and inclusive curriculum and make an active contribution to a community in which diversity is embraced and celebrated. As well as having the opportunity to develop pedagogically, you’ll also play an active role in Department administration and citizenship.

You must have recently completed, or be concluding, your PhD, and have experience of teaching and examining at University level. You’ll also need to be able to demonstrate relevant experience, skills and achievements in your field, which could include membership of a related professional body.

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As a Lecturer you will join us for a fixed term where you will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience for your academic career. In addition to teaching, you’ll benefit from having time allocated in which you can develop your research profile with the support of a mentor. You’ll deliver lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels, with opportunities to teach more widely within your department, as well as engaging in related activity such as assessment. And you’ll also play an active role in administration and wider citizenship within your Department.

You must have recently completed, or be concluding, your PhD, and you should already have experience of teaching and examining at University level. We’ll also expect you to be able to help develop high quality learning and research environments, and you’ll have the ability to engage with students in lots of different ways.

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Postdoctoral Research Associates

As a Postdoctoral Research Associate, you’ll join us for a fixed term. It’s an opportunity to either lead your own research project or develop your own research ideas and research protocols, or help advance a significant research project led by another colleague.

You’ll need a good first degree, and you’ll also either have, or be close to submitting, a PhD in a related subject. Experience in conducting high quality academic research, and an ability to present research papers at conferences, and write for leading journals are also important.

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Assistant Professors

As an Assistant Professor, you’ll focus on internationally excellent research or teaching, or a combination of both. It’s an opportunity to engage in wider citizenship as you build your career, advance your department and your discipline, and contribute to the wider student experience.

We’ll support you to publish high quality research in your area of interest, including monographs and journal articles. And we’ll also support your research needs, from providing practical help such as resources to attend conferences and to fund research activities, to offering generous research leave and a designated mentor.

We look for people who can teach to an exceptionally high standard. Who can contribute to the design and development of innovative new programmes. And who can take a strategic approach to delivering world-class learning.

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Associate Professors

As an Associate Professor, you’ll help us continue to build on our commitment to delivering excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate education and/or research. Providing leadership across your department and engaging in wider citizenship, you’ll discover unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in a progressive learning environment.

You’ll lead the development of successful grant applications in pursuit of suitable national and international funding opportunities to support research and teaching. And you’ll focus on enhancing the quality of our overall learning environment, engaging with national and international research groups and networks.

Put simply, it’s about combining quality and innovation with a strategic approach that builds on our unique reputation.

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As a Professor here at Durham, you’ll focus on quality and innovation throughout your teaching or research activity. But we’ll also look to you to provide genuine leadership and citizenship - not just in your field, but across the University environment, and in the way your department functions administratively.

You’ll have the freedom to deliver teaching and pursue research that is world leading and world changing, in terms of originality, significance and rigour. And we’ll support your ambitions to publish internationally significant research in your area of interest, provide resources to enable you to attend conferences and to fund research activity, and give you access to experienced mentors.

You’ll also need to be able to demonstrate excellence and leadership in your field, with high quality teaching and assessment and your research outputs being evaluated as world class. And you’ll bring a commitment to teaching to the highest standards, while helping increase research income to drive forward our impact across the world. 

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Progression in Academic Roles

If you join us in an academic role, you’ll have the opportunity to progress with us as part of an annual process designed to help you reach the next stage of your career. Please note that while this process runs each year, you’ll only be able to apply every other year.

Decisions on progression are made by committee and are based on your research activity, educational activity, and citizenship activity. We encourage you to work with a mentor or other senior academic colleagues in your department to make sure your application inspires valuable feedback that can help you progress.

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