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  1. Lecturer in Classical Archaeology - Durham University - United Kingdom Lecturer in Classical Archaeology Reference Number 3982 Location Durham City Faculty/Division Social Sciences and Health Department Archaeology Grade Grade 7 Position Type Full Time Contract Type Fixed Term Salary (£) 31342 - 37394 Closing Date 25 October 2014 Job DescriptionThe Department of Archaeology seeks to appoint a developing academic who is actively engaged in research into the Archaeology of Greece, Anatolia/Asia Minor and the Aegean in the Classical and Hellenistic periods with a knowledge of prehistory. Their research interests should include one or more of the following: material culture (including ceramics, artistic production and architecture), GIS and landscape archaeology, Cultural Heritage. He/she will complement existing teaching in Classical and Roman Archaeology which is currently focused on Britain, France, Italy, North Africa and Egypt, Syria and Jordan, and in the Roman and Byzantine periods. While the specific teaching requirements of the post will include Classical Archaeology, the candidate will also be expected to develop opportunities for engagement with colleagues working on the Bronze and Iron Age archaeology of Europe and west and south Asia. Durham is one of Britain's leading universities for teaching and research. The Archaeology Department was ranked first in the UK in the Research Assessment exercise 2008 and third for our subject in both the Times Good University Guide 2013 and the Complete University Guide 2013 and fourth in the Guardian University Guide. Archaeology has been taught here since 1931 and the Department now has one of the largest teaching groups in the UK, totalling 31 full-time members of teaching staff, as well as research staff working on a variety of archaeological projects. We host 15 postdoctoral researchers and over 100 research postgraduates. The successful candidate will combine pursuit of their academic research agenda with a strong commitment to teaching and fieldwork, and will also contribute to the development of new activities. Research in the Department is organised through a number of research groups and the new appointee would be expected to contribute to one or more of these groups. The successful applicant will also be involved in the delivery of postgraduate research supervision as well as taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Applicants must state how they will meet international standards of excellence. This should include a two-year personal research plan and impact activities that support and enhance the research strategy of the Department and its standing as a UK and world-leading centre for archaeology. Candidates should also be able to show how their research will impact on debates within and beyond the discipline and strengthen Durham’s profile as an international centre for postgraduate studies. The successful candidate will be expected to start on the 1 January 2015 or as soon as possible after that date. The post is fixed term until 31 December 2016. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University. Requirements The successful candidate will contribute to the Department in the following areas: • Enhancement of departmental research profile; • Attraction of external research funding; • Development of a distinctive Durham profile in teaching and research that is attractive to students and staff. Responsibilities• Contribute to the research environment of the Department. • Contribute to core teaching of undergraduates and taught postgraduates, and offer specialised modules that reflect their research interests. • Develop research projects and attract external research funding. • To engage fully with all aspects of the Department’s activity including recruitment, curriculum design, strategic planning and administration. Person SpecificationEssential • A good first degree in Archaeology and a PhD in a relevant specialist area. • Able to teach Classical/Hellenistic Greece and Asia Minor. • A growing body of high quality research publications in Classical and Hellenistic archaeology. • An ability to undertake high quality teaching and supervision in archaeology at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels, across a range of topics, including classical archaeology. • Must be willing and able to contribute effectively to relevant administration duties within the Department. • The applicant’s research has the potential to shape the disciplinary agenda and/or create public benefit or impact in terms of individual or societal wellbeing or the economy outside the academic community. Desirable • Record of active involvement, at least at the level of co-investigator, in a field research project in the region, that is either ongoing or is about to commence. • Able to teach the Iron Age and Orientalising periods, the Minoans and Myceneans at undergraduate level. • Evidence of success in generating research grants. • Evidence of successful research collaborations. Additional InformationDurham University is committed to the Concordat to support the career development of researchers. For further information please visit the Research Staff web pages on http://www.dur.ac.uk/hr/researchstaff/ https://ig5.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_durham01.asp?newms=jj&id=88964
  2. Art and Archaeology of the Roman World (Assistant Professor) University of British Columbia - Canada The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Art and Archaeology of the Roman World to commence July 1, 2015. The successful candidate will join a flourishing interdisciplinary department with a longstanding graduate program in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, with strengths in cross-cultural approaches. S/he will be competent to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in Roman archaeology and Roman visual culture. Beyond the ability to teach the range of Roman material culture, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching of other courses in classical archaeology, Roman history, and/or ancient languages. An active archaeological project that can provide field-work opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students will be considered an asset. The successful candidate must hold a PhD in Roman Archaeology (or expect to have successfully defended prior to July 1, 2015) and must have demonstrated accomplishments in scholarship along with enthusiasm for teaching in a department with the unique combination of fields present in CNERS. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research, graduate and undergraduate teaching, and to participate fully in graduate supervision, departmental service, events, and initiatives. The programs, faculty research interests, and general activities of CNERS are found at: www.cnrs.ubc.ca. The starting salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Applicants should send electronic copies of their letter of application, together with a copy of their curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a sample of recent scholarship, and the names and e-mail addresses of three referees. Candidates are asked to request that their referees write separately on their behalf to reach the Department not later than the date indicated. Referees’ signed confidential letters of support can be sent as a .pdf attachment (to the e-mail address indicated below). Applicants should submit their materials to the attention of Marisa Scorda at marisa.scorda(at)ubc.ca. Deadline for receipt of applications and supporting materials: October 8, 2014 The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will, however, be given priority.
  3. At the Charity life went on in a sort of organised chaos. You turned up, sat through a prayer meeting, then got told what your duties were for the day. I suppose I was lucky as I often got scheduled to work as a drivers mate on the company van, collecting and delivering secondhand furniture. A relaxing sort of job. Mostly. Okay, the driver was a bit highly stressed, often losing his temper, and of course the drawback to collecting and delivering furniture is that bulky objects are often heavy and don't always coveniently fit through the gaps provided. I had an advantage of course. Unlike many of the unemployed layabouts drafted to work at the Charity, I've long experience of getting musical equipment in and out of gigs, of long days and nights spent in a van, and even some casual multi-drop delivery work. I also had long experience of helping my father move furniture around the house. Not sure why it was ever necessary, but it gave him something to organise and so I got on with it. So it turned out to be something of a busman's holiday. The weather was glorious, we all had a good laugh in the van (except when the driver got annoyed at somebody), and trundled around the local area visiting houses we never knew existed, meeting all sorts of strange new life and new civilisations, going where vans have never been before. Sometimes you stopped by a huge expensive house to pick up donated odds and ends. All smiles and hearty farewells. Sometimes you delivered to the less salubrious hovels in town, places that haven't been cleaned since 1972, that stink of curry powder, urine, or other strange substances. Sometimes you had to take the door off to get the goods inside. Sometimes you had to disassemble the goods to get them through the door. Failure was never an option. It meant going back to base to face a manager who'd received an angry phone cal about wasted money. It's a funny thing. Life. I trained as an engineer, learned to be a musician, studied various categores of academic knowledge, became a private pilot in two countries, and yet despite all of that I still end up moving furniture around. Struggle Of The Week My fight for sanity in the jobsearching business goes on. Firstly there's Mrs Claims Advisor, who has been programmed by some secret organisation to repeat the same conversation over and over. "I don't why you're not getting anywhere. You're jobsearching is a high enough standard..." Think we might have covered this last week. And the week before that. "Why do you think you're not getting anywhere?" And this week too. So I patiently trot out the same reasons why finding gainful employment has so far eluded me. I'm not being dishonest or looking for excuses, but the reason she wants me to admit to is... Ummmh.... Errrr..... Actually I do know what she wants me to say but she's wrong. Completely. All she wants is for me to be exactly the same as every other claimant who comes before her. Variety, or indeed any form of individuality, is a difficult concept for a claims advisor. The other aspect of my fight for truth, justice, and the employable way us the Job Agency. I might have mentioned them earlier. Never in any sphere of human endeavour has a bureaucracy accumulated siuch a mammoth collection of self serving small minded pedantic pen pushers. Take this example. I look for work on an internet website. Usually you just select the vacancy that interests you, click on a few choices, add a little bit of supportive text, or perhaps answer a stuid question or two, then click on 'Apply'. You sit back and wait for the rejection in anything between two minutes and two months. Easy. However some agencies think applicants should be given more opoortunity to waste time and effort in applying for work, so they disable this easy option and get you to make a phone call instead, in which they tell you that they have a vacncy exactly the same as they advertised and could you please come and see them in their office? So why not just suggest that on the website and save me the bother of paying for a phone call? It gets worse. I asked for the name of the person the advert specified as the contact, which in this case turned out not be a person, but the agency itself. Eventually this confusion was ironed out. Who says I don't have communication skills? Then the lady said "All we have is this furniture warehouse vacancy. It will involve some heavy lifting...Is that what you want to do?" You know what? It was my childhood dream to lift heavy objects. I studied heavy weights at school, and got myself an O Level in Applied Lifting followed by a Degree in Industrial Physics. Ten years appprenticeship as a Manual Load Handler, followed by a fifteen year career of shoving and pushing. I also lift weights for a hobby. No. I'm joking. My CV doesn't say that, and neither did I. In fact I could barely resist laughing as I told her that lifting heavy objects wasn't exactly a career of choice but if it pays the bills.... You could hear her disappointment over the phone. Is she serious?