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Academic Talent

Assistant Professor in German

The role

Based in one of the UK’s largest and most successful Schools of Modern Languages, you will relish our collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.  German Studies in Durham is consistently ranked in the top five of all major national league tables.  All academic staff in German are actively engaged in innovative research and publication.  Their expertise spans the broad field of Germanophone culture and literature, from the early Enlightenment to the present day. You will make a vital contribution to our culture of outstanding teaching and personal development, across both the graduate and undergraduate communities.  As a member of one or more of our many vibrant research groups, you will benefit from extensive support as you pursue world-class research.  This will include opportunities to attend national and international conferences.  All of these advantages will deepen your ability to provide excellent teaching which is based, orientated or led by research.


Vacancy Reference: MLAC18-11

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Youll need

  • A good first-degree, complemented by a PhD in German Studies or a related subject (either completed, or currently in progress).
  • The ability to produce world-class research, including a research plan which supports the activities of the department.
  • Proof that you have contributed to research groups, mentoring early career researchers.
  • The confidence to supervise PhD students.
  • To be willing to develop successful research project proposals, with the scope to secure funding or generate income.
  • Experience of delivering high-quality teaching in fluent English and German across lectures and in smaller study groups, with the ability attain fellowship of the HEA.
  • Confident leadership and communication skills, with the willingness to work collaboratively as part of a team.

If you haven’t specifically met the above criteria but have recently completed or are concluding your PhD and feel you have the skills needed to do so, then you are invited to apply for the role at grade 7. 

How to apply

We value and promote an inclusive and diverse working environment at Durham and we welcome applications from all individuals.

We prefer to receive applications online. For this role we are working with our partner organisation TMP (UK) Limited and your application will initially be submitted to TMP (UK) Limited via our website.

Please carefully read the job description for this post which outlines the documents which you will be required to submit, information about referees, contact details should you require further information and next steps including an indication of when interviews will take place.