Lecturer in Early Medieval Archaeology

School/Department: School of Natural and Built Environment
Reference: 17/105511
Closing Date: Monday 5 June 2017
Salary: 34,956 to 51,260 per annum (including contribution points)
Anticipated Interview Date: Wednesday 21 June 2017


The successful candidate will be required to contribute to teaching in Early Medieval archaeology at undergraduate and postgraduate level. They will be required to undertake research in the archaeology of Early Medieval Ireland and/ or the Irish Sea Province (c. AD 400-1100). It is desirable they also have scientific expertise in an area such as stable isotopes, dendrochronology, faunal remains, archaeobotanical remains or archaeomaterials. They will devise and contribute to relevant collaborative research programmes within the School of Natural and Built Environment and contribute to School administration/outreach activities.



  • Deliver appropriate teaching and assessment activities including modules, lectures, setting/marking coursework, practicals, and field work to undergraduates and postgraduates.
  • Select appropriate assessment instruments and criteria, assess the work and progress of students by reference to the criteria, and provide constructive feedback to students.
  • Seek ways of improving performance by reflecting on teaching design and delivery and obtaining and analysing feedback and evaluations.
  • Supervise practical work, where it is part of the course, and advise students on techniques.
  • Plan and develop independent teaching contributions and contribute to the design or revision of course units.
  • Help to develop appropriate teaching approaches and contribute to curriculum development.


  • Develop an area of personal research and expertise of international standing.
  • Publish REF-returnable research in appropriate international journals and present work at international conferences.
  • Source and secure external funding in collaboration with others from the relevant national and international funding bodies to ensure continued growth of the School's research profile.
  • Provide guidance to other staff and students on own specialist area.
  • Work/collaborate on original research with colleagues in the School and other institutions.
  • Oversee research students as directed by the Head of Discipline.

Administration/Contribution to the Community:

  • Contribute to the School's outreach strategy by developing external links.
  • Provide pastoral care for students within own area to ensure that all issues are dealt with in a timely, sympathetic and effective manner.
  • Carry out designated School administrative duties, including, for example, committee work, course administration etc.
  • Be responsible for the record-keeping associated with teaching and the preparation of teaching materials.

Planning and Organising:

  • Plan and manage own teaching as agreed with Head of Discipline/Programme Coordinator.
  • Design/update modules and programmes in line with School's teaching strategy.
  • Plan and prepare research papers to meet publication deadlines.
  • Plan for the use of teaching and research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate.
  • Prepare research proposals for submission for external funding.

Resource Management Responsibilities:

  • Use teaching and research resources, laboratories and workshops as required.
  • Obtain and manage external funding related to research projects.

Internal and External Relationships:

  • Member of the School Board and Examination Board and such committees relevant to their administrative duties.
  • Collaborate with other staff within School in teaching, research, and administration.
  • Involved in developing links or joining external networks to share information and ideas.
  • Contribute to the School's outreach programme.


  • PhD in Archaeology completed at time of application.
  • Record of high quality publications commensurate with stage of career.
  • Research interests in Early Medieval Ireland and/ or Irish Sea Province (c. AD 400-1100).
  • A minimum of 3 years research experience in a relevant field.
  • Ability to develop effective research collaborations.
  • Relevant teaching experience at university level.
  • Ability to contribute to broader management and administrative processes within the School.
  • High level of analytical capability
  • A high level of literacy and scientific logic.
  • Ability to present research to the wider academic community and non-academic audiences.
  • An excellent knowledge of written and spoken English is required for report writing, lecturing and presentations.
  • Engagement in continuous professional development.
  • Ability to assess and organise resources.
  • There may be a requirement to travel from time to time as required by the post


  • PGCHET (or equivalent) and/ or membership of an appropriate professional and/ or teaching body eg. HEA
  • Scientific expertise in an area such as stable isotopes, dendrochronology, faunal remains, archaeobotanical remains or archaeomaterials.
  • Research experience at post-doctoral level.
  • Experience in presenting at/ organising academic conferences/ academic sessions.
  • Research outputs in Early Medieval Ireland and/ or the Irish Sea Province (c. AD 400-1100).
  • Research grant application experience.
  • Experience of having managed, taught and examined at least one module in Archaeology or a related subject at university level.
  • Teaching experience at postgraduate level in Archaeology or a related subject.
  • Some experience of education and/ or research administration.


The School of Natural and Built Environment comprises three research clusters: Culture and Society, Environmental Change and Resilience and Sustainable Built Environment. The successful application will become a member of the Culture and Society cluster. The School supports internationally recognised research and education programmes that tackle vital cultural, environmental and social concerns, past and present. Archaeology and Palaeoecology have excellent facilities, including general purpose laboratories for teaching, a climate-controlled area for artefact work and specialist laboratories for the analysis of human remains, animal bone, pollen, insects, tree-rings and tephra. The School maintains an extensive array of equipment for field and laboratory research, including EA-IRMS for stable isotopes (C&N), x-ray cabinet, x-ray diffraction, field x-ray fluorescence, laser scanners, geophysics (gamma-ray, resistivity, magnetometry, ground-penetrating radar), particle size analyser, ion chromatography, a full range of light microscopes, and access to SEM. It hosts the 14CHRONO Centre for Climate, the Environment and Chronology, which has an AMS for dedicated radiocarbon dating, and the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF) which is one of the few excavation units to operate within a UK-based university department.

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