Lecturer in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (Fixed Term)

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Durham, ENGLAND

Lecturer in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (Fixed Term) (
Job Number:
 22001104)
Department of Theology and Religion
Grade 7: - £34,304 - £40,927 per annum
Fixed Term - Full Time
Contract Duration: 12 months
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date
: 31-Jul-2022, 6:59:00 PM 

This post is full-time and fixed term for 12 months.   Successful candidate will ideally be in post by 1st September 2022.

Durham University

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other.

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

As part of Durham University, you’ll be working with exceptional minds, all with the desire to ask, and answer, the big questions. Access to leading edge facilities and an active contributor to the global research and university community means you’ll be part of an international and diverse network of partners spanning the world’s best research institutions, organisations and businesses. And all this within the evocative and historic surroundings of the city, county and community that is Durham.

We find it easy to be proud of the extraordinary people we have at Durham. We offer the inspiration, they achieve the outstanding. We invite you to join them.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.  We are committed to equality: if for any reason you have taken a career break or periods of leave that may have impacted on your career path, such as maternity, adoption or parental leave, you may wish to disclose this in your application.  The selection committee will recognise that this may have reduced the quantity of your research accordingly.

Durham University’s Athena Swan institutional award recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting and supporting the development of women. We have also signed up to the Race Equality Charter, a national framework for improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

The Department

The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the fixed term role of Lecturer.  We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of excellent research and teaching within an exciting and progressive institution. For more information, please visit our Department pages at www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/theology-religion/  

Lecturers (Fixed term) at Durham

The University is committed to enabling all of our colleagues to achieve their full potential. We promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment to ensure that all colleagues can thrive.

The role of a fixed-term Lecturer at Durham provides the opportunity to deliver outstanding education and research within an inclusive and supportive environment that is staffed by world-class colleagues.  Lecturers will be supported to develop their academic careers by training and financial support in research and education, guided by a designated mentor.

The primary focus of this role is on research and teaching but there will also be the opportunity to engage in wider citizenship within the University and beyond.

This role of Lecturer is for a fixed term of 12 months in order to provide short term cover for teaching following the retirement of a long standing member of staff.  It is not anticipated that this period would be extended beyond the initial fixed term.

Lecturer in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University.  The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Pursue research that is, or has the potential to be, world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour;
  • Undertake teaching and research supervision, and contribute to ongoing curriculum development;
  • Convene, teach and assess across three undergraduate modules: our level 1 module Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, our level 2 Hebrew Prose Texts and to co-teach on our level 1 module in Reading Biblical Texts (the latter will allow the candidate to teach on any biblical text they know well for a period of a term). (Details of all modules may be found via the Durham University website, within the Undergraduate Faculty Handbook).
  • Contribute to the citizenship and values of the Department;
  • Deliver lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels, with the opportunity to teach more widely within the Department, as well as engaging in related activity such as assessment;
  • To fully engage in and enhance the values of the Department and University;
  • To carry out such other duties as specified by the Head of Department.

Person Specification

Candidates will normally have recently completed or be concluding their PhD and, while they may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the essential criteria. 

Research

Candidates must have capacity for and be progressing towards the independent development of internationally excellent research that produces high quality outcomes, including some work that is recognised as world class or that has world-class potential. 

Essential Research Criteria – Grade 7

  • Qualifications - a good first degree and a PhD in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, or a related subject (which may be completed or under examination).
  • Outputs - experience, skills and/or achievements which demonstrate experience of or the potential to produce high quality outputs that are recognised as world class or that have world-class potential. Candidates are asked to submit two research papers with their application (as outlined in the How to Apply section below).  Candidates may additionally choose to submit evidence such as external peer review of their outputs.
  • Personal Research Plan - evidence of a personal research plan which supports and enhances the Department of Theology and Religion’s research strategy.
  • Teaching

    Candidates must demonstrate the development and delivery of high quality teaching that contributes to providing a world-class learning environment and curricula which enables students to achieve their potential. 

    Essential Teaching Criteria – Grade 7

  • Qualification - candidates must be or have the ability to attain the rank of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/individuals/fellowship/fellow ), which is the national body that champions teaching excellence (or Equivalent).
  • Quality - Experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrates experience of or the potential to deliver high quality effective and engaging teaching. (Candidates may choose to provide student evaluation scores and/or peer reviews of teaching).
  • Innovation – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to contribute to new programme development and innovate in the design and delivery of high quality teaching or assessment of learning including lectures, small group learning and/or using technology or other techniques to enhance learning and/or assessment. 
  • Strategic - experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to engage in the design of excellent teaching programmes which are research informed and led.
  • Services, Citizenship and Values

    Candidates must actively engage in the administrative and collegial requirements of the Department and positively contribute to the University Values and to fostering a respectful environment; as well as demonstrating their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

    Essential Services, Citizenship and Values criteria – Grade 7

  • Collegial contribution – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to participate in the collegial/administrative activities or an academic Department, Faculty or University.  (Candidates may choose to evidence departmental or University roles, mentoring activity, engagement with widening participation, involvement in equality and diversity initiatives and membership or engagement with external bodies).
  • Communication - candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.
  • Contact Information

    Department contact for academic-related enquiries

    Professor Mathew Guest, Head of the Department of Theology and Religion (m.j.guest@durham.ac.uk)

    Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application

    If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email.  Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk

    Alternatively, you may call 0191 334 6801 from the UK, or +44 191 334 6801 from outside the UK. This number operates during the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday, UK time.  We will normally respond within one working day (Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays).

    University contact for general queries about the recruitment process

    Michele Groark, HR Administrator (Recruitment), michele.groark@durham.ac.uk

    How to Apply

    We prefer to receive applications online.   

    Please note that in submitting your application, we will be processing your data.  We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/  which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data. 

    Information if you have a disability

    The University welcomes applications from disabled people. We are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, adjustments will be made to support people within their role.

    If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us on e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk .

    What to Submit

    All applicants are asked to submit:

  • A CV
  • A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
  • A personal research plan of no more than 1 side of A4, outlining a plan for your research which reflects a coherent trajectory, rooted in existing work, developed into a plan that spans the next 3 years. This should include the key ideas/questions that drive the research, their significance within your field, the methods expected to be used in pursuing them, and the expected outputs (eg publications) expected to be generated by the end of the research process.
  • An EDI & values statement - As a University we foster a collegiate community of extraordinary people aligned to the University’s values .  Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive, and in doing so, recruit the world’s best candidates from all backgrounds and identities. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI.  We therefore ask that as part of your application you provide a statement (of no more than 1 side of A4) which outlines work which you have been involved in which demonstrates your commitment to EDI and our values.
  • Two of your most significant pieces of written work.  Where possible your written work should have been published or submitted since January 2020, however work prior to this may be submitted where candidates have had career breaks.  (These should reflect your research strengths, and in cases of candidates who have only recently completed their PhD, it is recognised that this may include a chapter from their PhD thesis).
  • Where possible we request that you provide web links to these which the hiring Department will access to read your work.  The application form contains fields in which to enter each of the web links.

    In the event you are unable to provide accessible links to online hosting of your work, your work should be uploaded as PDFs as part of your application in our recruitment system. Please ensure that your PDFs are not larger than 5mb. Please note that your work may be read by colleagues from across the Department and evaluated against the current REF criteria;

    Please save all application documents with your name and document type as PDF files.

    We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system.  Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

    Referees

    You should provide details of 3 academic referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference (if they are not listed as an academic referee).  Please note:

    • We shall seek the academic references during the application process.  Academic referees should not (if possible) include your PhD supervisor(s) and a majority should be from a University other than your own (save for early career applicants applying for their first post).  We would ask that you alert your academic referees to this application as soon as possible, and provide them with a copy of the CV you submit with your application, so that we can quickly obtain references should you be progressed to the interview stage. As part of your application you will be asked whether you give your consent to your academic references being sought should you be invited to attend interview.
    • Academic references sought for short-listed candidates may be made available to the panel during the interview process.
    • We will seek a reference from your current line-manager if we make you an offer of employment (albeit you may have also nominated your line manager as an academic referee).  Please clearly indicate which referee is your current line-manager and please let us know if we should only approach them once an offer has been made.

    Next Steps

    All applications will be considered; our usual practice is for colleagues across the Department to read the submitted work of long-listed candidates. 

    Short-listed candidates will be invited to the University, either virtually or in-person and will have the opportunity to meet key members of the Department.  The assessment for the post will include a presentation to staff in the Department followed by an interview and we anticipate that the assessments and interviews will take place as soon as possible following the closing date.

    In the event that you are unable to attend in person on the date offered, it may not be possible to offer you an interview on an alternative date.

    About the Department

    The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University has a long standing tradition of outstanding research and education and is widely recognised as one of the leading departments in its field.  In the latest QS World University Rankings, the Department was ranked 7th in the world for the Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies subject area. It was also ranked in the top 10 within the 2020 Research Excellence Framework, which assesses UK university departments across subject areas.

    The Department has a welcoming and collegial ethos and is located between the Cathedral and the Castle on the World Heritage Site in the centre of the historic city of Durham. It has an academic staff of 34, stretching across the 3 areas of Biblical Studies, Christian Theology and Ethics, and the Study of Religion. The post will sit within the Biblical Studies area of the Department, which enjoys a long history as well as a thriving research culture of staff and postgraduate students. Existing academic staff in this area include Professor John Barclay, Dr Jan Dochhorn, Dr Jane Heath, Professor David Janzen, Professor Francis Watson and Professor Stuart Weeks. A full account of their research interests can be found on the Department’s website. The Department maintains a strong commitment to inter-disciplinary engagement, conceiving its sub-areas not as self-contained nor in tension, but as thriving through a constructive dialogical relationship with one another.  

    The Department is committed to excellence in its teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students and approaches education as research-led and research-focused.

    About Durham University

    As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career while enjoying a high quality work/life balance. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

    The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral.  A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

    All new staff are given membership in a Senior Common Room in one of our 17 colleges for their first year and thereafter they may choose to remain and/or to join additional SCRs.  SCR membership offers the opportunity to participate in social and scholarly events - dinners, lectures, debates, research talks (colleges are all interdisciplinary), music and drama.  Membership includes past and present University staff, alumni, and members of the wider Durham community and gives the opportunity to engage with the College’s students. 

    Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare provision and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

    If you’d like to find out more about the University or relocating you and your family to Durham, please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/


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