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Chair in English (Modern Literature)

English and Related Literature
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Professorial Scale, current minimum 61,539 a year
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Role Description

The University of York is one of the UK's leading higher education institutions and a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. The Department of English and Related Literature is one of the world’s leading departments of literary studies, with the highest ranking for world-leading research in the humanities in the UK in REF 2014. We’re now seeking to make a new professorial appointment in any period of literature in English from 1830 to the present.

The Role
You will contribute to the continuing and enhanced successes of the Modern School, through dynamic and innovative research leadership in all areas of publication, teaching and citizenship. You will build on the considerable successes of the School, opening new research directions in modern and contemporary literature and culture. Applications are invited in any of the following fields, singly or in combination: global, postcolonial or world literatures; the literature of empire from the Victorians to the present; international modernisms and interdisciplinarity; film and literature; literature and philosophy with literary theory. A well-developed interest in the literature of one or more languages other than English would be an additional advantage.

Key requirements

  • PhD in English or Related Literatures
  • International leader in a major research field, leadership of research group/theme
  • Substantial publication record in leading peer-reviewed journals
  • An ability to take a lead in key administration functions within the department
  • Sustained success in undergraduate teaching and curriculum design and postgraduate supervision
  • Strong background of public engagement
  • Evidence of international collaboration and of peer review activities.

To apply
Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor David Attwell (

Closing date: 8 May 2017
Interviews will be held in York on: 20 June 2017

Salary will be commensurate with experience on the professorial scale: current minimum £61,539 a year. The successful candidate will ideally be available to commence in September 2017.

Why York?
We're a dynamic, research intensive university and have experienced significant growth over the past ten years, securing national and international recognition for our academic excellence. Our attractive landscaped campus has seen significant development which will continue as the University continues to grow. We’re recognised consistently for our family-friendly policies and proud of our Athena SWAN Award.

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