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Associate Lecturer (Archaeology)

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University of York - King's Manor, York city centre
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32,817 - 40,322 a year
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The Department of Archaeology is based in the King’s Manor, a medieval and post-medieval building in the heart of the historic city, with archaeological science laboratories, our unique York Experimental Archaeological Research Centre (YEAR) and additional staff offices at Heslington West campus. We are recognised as both a vibrant research community and a centre of excellent teaching. We offer a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, and pride ourselves on providing a supportive, enthusiastic, and challenging academic atmosphere which enables our students to achieve their full potential.

The student body, remarkable for its vibrant international component, consists of around 300 undergraduate students and 200 postgraduates, both full and part-time. The student experience is of paramount importance to the Department and we maintain a high level of student satisfaction.


We are seeking applications from candidates for the role of Associate Lecturer in Historical Archaeology, ideally commencing on the 1st September 2021. The appointment will be made on a teaching and scholarship contract, which includes approximately 15% of time directed towards scholarship activities, such as keeping up to date on the subject area and developing teaching practice/innovations for example.

The role is full time, however we are happy to consider applications for flexible working arrangements or job shares.

We particularly encourage applications from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented within the Department.

You will ideally have expertise in the long eighteenth and/or nineteenth centuries, the Atlantic World, colonialism, and/or post-medieval landscapes. Your main duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Leadership in the MA Historical Archaeology programme
  • Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Development of teaching materials on the Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard VLE)
  • Contribution to the management, administration and organisation of the department

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed


  • PhD in Historical Archaeology or equivalent experience
  • Appropriate academic professional and teaching qualification or a willingness to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice


  • Detailed knowledge in the long eighteenth or nineteenth centuries,  the Atlantic World, colonialism, and/or post-medieval landscapes, sufficient  to develop teaching and provide relevant learning support to students across different levels of academic ability

Skills, abilities and competencies

  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to design and deliver teaching material either across a range of modules or within a subject area
  • Ability to supervise the work of students, provide advice on study skills and assist with learning problems
  • Ability to contribute to the design of course material, content and new teaching approaches in the department
  • Ability to manage and deliver own teaching
  • Ability to plan, manage, organise and assess own teaching contributions


  • Experience in teaching and learning in HE at undergraduate and/ or postgraduate level or in an evidenced similar context
  • Experience of using different delivery techniques to enthuse and engage students
  • Evidence of successful planning and designing teaching material

Personal attributes

  • Attention to detail and commitment to high quality
  • Creativity, initiative and judgement in applying appropriate approaches to teaching and learning support
  • Collaborative ethos
  • Positive attitude to colleagues and students
  • Willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas/institutions
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines
  • Commitment to personal development and updating of knowledge and skills

Interview date: w/c Monday 14 June 2021 (date TBC)

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Jonathan Finch (

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