Job: Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture

Job: Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture
University of Oxford
Deadline: 12 noon (UK time) on Thursday 31 July 2014

The University of Oxford proposes to appoint an Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture. The post is available from 1 January 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointee will be a member of the School of Archaeology, the Faculty of Classics and the Faculty of History, and will hold a Special Supernumerary Fellowship at University College. The deadline for applications is 12 noon (UK time) on Thursday 31 July 2014. Interviews will take place in Oxford on Monday 8 September 2014.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding researcher and teacher in Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, broadly defined, with the ability to teach across a broad chronological range, with supervisory competence from ca. 300 – 1500. S/he will be able to teach a broad range of topics covering settlement and burial archaeology, art, images, monuments, architecture, and visual culture. The appointee will attract and teach graduate students in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and Classical Archaeology and will supervise graduate student theses. S/he will be required to conduct research, give lectures, classes and tutorials, supervise, support and examine students at all levels, and play a part in the administrative work of the University and the College.

The University of Oxford uses the grade of associate professor for most of its senior academic appointments. Associate professors are eligible for consideration through regular recognition of distinction exercises for award of the title of full professor. This promotion in status, which brings an enhanced salary, is dependent on merit and does not normally occur until some years after reappointment to retirement. In exceptional cases, where the candidate has previously established an academic standing at an appropriate level of distinction, the title of full professor may be awarded at the time of appointment.

Further information about the University, the Divisions, the School of Archaeology, the Faculties of Classics and of History, University College, and the terms and conditions of the position, are provided in the ‘essential information for applicants’ below.

Candidates who wish to speak to someone informally about the process of the appointment or any other aspects of the post may contact the Head of the School of Archaeology, Professor Andrew Wilson (email:, or the Senior Tutor of University College, Dr Anne Knowland (email:
Queries about the application process should be addressed to Mr David Hyland, Head of Administration and Finance at the Faculty of History (email:
All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence and form no part of the selection decision.

Duties of the post

The Associate Professor will be a member of both the University and the College community. S/he will be part of a lively and intellectually stimulating research community which performs to the highest international levels in research and publications and will have access to the excellent research facilities which Oxford offers. If a member of the Governing Body of University College, s/he will have a role to play as a trustee in the governance of the College. The College is also keen to ‘buy’ one hour of the appointee’s teaching stint.

The appointee will be required to perform the following University duties to the satisfaction of the Boards of the School of Archaeology, the Faculty of Classics and the Faculty of History:

a) to engage in advanced study and research;
b) to give, under the direction of the Boards, no fewer than thirty-six lectures or classes, in each academic year;
c) to co-operate in the administrative work of the Faculty in both term and vacation under the direction of the Boards;
d) to provide, under the direction of the Boards, up to 6 hours per week of tutorial teaching, or equivalent duties.

The main requirements of the post, within the above parameters, are as follows:


1. to engage in advanced research within the field of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, broadly defined;
2. to disseminate research through publication in books and scholarly journals, participation in international conferences and seminars, and through other media;
3. to develop research projects and seek research funding.

Teaching and supervision

4. to supervise doctoral students, divided between Archaeology, Classics and History;
5. to supervise and teach graduate students on the MSt / MPhil courses in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and the MSt / MPhil course in Classical Archaeology, through lectures, classes or tutorials as organised by the School and the Faculties;
6. to engage in undergraduate teaching, including supervision of undergraduate dissertations, and archaeology and art special subjects in the Final Honour Schools of Archaeology and Anthropology and of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (The Late Roman Empire, AD 284-565; Byzantium, AD 500-1100). The appointee would also be able to offer Late Antique and Byzantine teaching for History and History of Art undergraduates.
7. to act as a College adviser to graduate students and provide occasional undergraduate teaching.


8. to take part in University examining as and when requested to do so;


9. to participate in the administration of the interdepartmental Late Antique and Byzantine Studies subject group both in term-time and in the vacation;
10. to co-operate in the administrative work of the School of Archaeology, the Faculty of Classics and the Faculty of History, including membership of committees or administrative offices, as and when requested by the Head of School / Chairs of the Faculty Boards; and
11. to participate in the governance of the College if elected to the Governing Body.

The appointee will be supported by a mentor, who will be available to give advice on all aspects of the position (other than those relating exclusively to the College). A separate assessor will also be assigned to the new postholder; the assessor is asked to prepare an interim report to the Boards mid-way through the initial period of office, and a final report upon completion of the period, when the postholder is considered for reappointment to the normal retiring age. These arrangements are intended to support the new postholder in meeting the objective of reappointment.

Person specification

Applications will be judged only against the criteria which are set out below. Applicants should make sure that their application shows very clearly how they believe that their skills and experience meet these criteria.

Oxford is committed to fairness, consistency and transparency in selection decisions. Chairs of selection committees will be aware of the principles of equality of opportunity and fair selection and there will be a member of each gender wherever possible.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

1. hold a doctorate in a relevant field;
2. primary expertise in an area, period, or aspect of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, broadly defined;
3. a commitment to research of the highest calibre, including the capacity to publish in international journals and with major presses in the field of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture;
4. the ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and graduate levels;
5. experience of supervising research students;
6. excellent command of language skills and significant fieldwork experience, specific to teaching and research in Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture;
7. ability and willingness to undertake administrative responsibilities;
8. good communication, interpersonal and organisational skills;
9. evidence of successful research grant applications or the potential to make successful applications.

Working at the University of Oxford

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How to apply

Applications must be submitted by 12 noon (UK time) on Thursday 31 July 2014. There is no application form. All applications must be made online. If you consider that you meet the selection criteria, click on the Apply Now button on the ‘Job Details’ page and follow the on-screen instructions to register as a user. You will be required to complete a number of screens with your application details. You are also required to upload:

1. A covering letter or statement explaining how you meet the selection criteria set out above. You must include your full contact details including an email address, full postal addresses, and a telephone number.
2. A full CV and publications list.
3. Names and contact details (email and postal addresses and telephone numbers) of three referees.

Your covering letter should explain your relevant experience which may have been gained in employment, education, or you may have taken time away from these activities in order to raise a family, care for a dependant, or travel for example. Your application will be judged solely on the basis of how you demonstrate that that you meet the selection criteria outlined above and we are happy to consider evidence of transferable skills or experience which you may have gained outside the context of paid employment or education.

You should supply each of your referees with a copy of these further particulars and ask them to write directly to without further prompting by the same closing date. References may be sent by email only and need not be signed, provided they are sent from the referee’s official email address (and please ask the referee  to quote the vacancy reference number 113848 in the subject line of their email). The selection committee wishes to take this opportunity to thank in advance those referees who write on behalf of applicants.

You should also send one article-length piece of your recent published or unpublished work as an email attachment to without further prompting by the same closing date, again quoting the vacancy reference number 113848 in the subject line of their email. If you send a book or thesis chapter, please include the contents page so the selection committee can see where the submission fits into the larger work.

Should you experience any difficulties using the online application system, please email To return to the online application at any stage, please click on the following link Please note that you will be notified of the progress of your application by automatic e-mails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk mail regularly to ensure that you receive all emails.

Interviews will be held in Oxford on Monday 8 September 2014. It is expected that all shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on the same day, and the interview process will include a presentation to the selection committee and students. All reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed, and accommodation will be arranged if necessary.

Applications for this post will be considered by a selection committee containing representatives from the School of Archaeology, the Faculties of Classics and History, and University College. The selection committee is responsible for conducting all aspects of the recruitment and selection process; it does not, however, have the authority to make the final decision as to who should be appointed. The final decision will be made by the Humanities Divisional Board, the Social Sciences Divisional Board and the governing body of University College on the basis of a recommendation made by the selection committee. No offer of appointment will be valid, therefore, until and unless the recommendation has been approved by both the divisional boards and the governing body, and a formal contractual offer has been made.


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