Lecturer in Ancient Greek Literature - School of History and Cultures - 30209 - Grade 8

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Lecturer in Ancient Greek Literature - School of History and Cultures - 30209 - Grade 8 - (190005PY)



Position Details

School of History and Cultures, College of Arts and Law


Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK


Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,553. With potential progression once in post to £55,750


Grade 8


Full time


Closing date: 13th January 2019

Summary of Role


The Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Greek Literature. A research specialism in archaic or classical poetry or drama is essential. The successful candidate will be expected to provide or contribute to modules at all levels of Greek and Latin language (especially advanced and post-A level) and to offer optional modules at UG and PG level on topics in classical or archaic Greek literature. The successful candidate will also undertake administrative duties within the Department, School or College.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding research record (as defined by REF) appropriate to their career stage. The Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology was ranked fifth overall by the REF2014 national research audit. It is home to a supportive research environment, and a community of scholars dedicated to scholarly excellence. Beyond the department, the School of History and Cultures and the College of Arts and Law encourage interdisciplinary collaboration in teaching and research, while retaining departmental identities for staff and students. 

Expected start date September 2020

Main Duties/Responsibilities



To plan and carry out research at an internationally competitive level in the area of Greek literature.  This may include:

  • Pursue personal research, including developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support.

  • Plan, publish and/or execute high quality research (3* and at least some 4* research as measured by the REF) 

  • Project manage research activities, and/or supervise other research staff

  • Present findings in high quality publications and conference proceedings

  • Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued

  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally

  • Provide expert advice to staff and students within the discipline

  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding

  • Develop and make substantial contributions to impact, knowledge transfer, public engagement, and similar activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University.

Learning and Teaching

To contribute to Undergraduate and Postgraduate education in Classical literature and language, predominantly Greek. The area of specialisation for this role is Ancient Greek Literature. The post holder must have teaching competence across the whole range of Greek literature and language modules as required by UG and PG curricula, and will be asked to teach options in the area of Archaic and Classical literature. This may include:

  • Design, teach and examine courses in Classics, including Greek and Latin language, at a range of levels 

  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and act as a mentor to encourage others to do the same

  • Make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the Department or School, as appropriate

  • Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work, contributing to the final award – as a mark or as credit – such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations.

  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods

  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, and  public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and University

  • Devise and supervise projects and student dissertations 


To contribute to Departmental/School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:

  • Contribute to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the Department/School

  • Advise on personal development of colleagues and students

  • Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups)

  • Contribute to public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and University

  • Contribute to the whole range of research, teaching and administration. 

  • Research will involve initiating, conducting and disseminating original research.  The research has measurable outcomes and is reflected in a growing national reputation and often an incipient international reputation. High quality research is envisaged as contributing to the university’s impact agenda. 

  • Teaching will include a substantial contribution to: (a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and  delivery of teaching and  assessment; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability.  The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including: (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, (b) supervising and examining PhD students, and (c) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods. 

  • Management and administration is likely to involve contributions at Departmental and School level, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/leadership activities (e.g. working groups) within the University.  This may include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activities at Department/School level or further within the University.

Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications

  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism

  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/research

  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels


  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation

  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results

  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods

  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity


  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes

  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success and developing appropriate approaches to leaning and teaching, and advising colleagues

  • Experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability

Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes

  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively

  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Elena Theodorakopoulos, Acting Head of Department, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology: E.M.THEODORAKOPOULOS@bham.ac.uk
We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community

Primary Location
: GB-GB-Birmingham
: Academic Non-clinical
: History and Cultures
: Regular
Job Posting
: 01.12.2019, 7:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description): Grade 8
Salary (Pay Basis)
: 41,526.00
Maximum Salary
: 55,750.00

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