Professors/Readers in the Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Durham (Royaume-Uni)

The study of the Medieval and Renaissance world has long been a strength at Durham, supported by some of the most important historic collections and archives world-wide. With the founding of the Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (IMRS), located within our medieval UNESCO World Heritage site, and recent professorial appointments in 17th Century Studies and Medieval History, this is an internationally distinctive area of Durham’s research. One of the key aims of the IMRS is to expand its chronological and geographical purview, and these posts will help achieve this strategic goal. Applications are invited from candidates with research interests in any field of Medieval, Renaissance or Early Modern Studies who are able to demonstrate a track record of interdisciplinary work that complements, or expands, existing areas of research strength at Durham. We seek to appoint three Professors/Readers within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
Grade : Grade 9/10
Position Type : Full Time
Contract Type : Permanent
Closing Date : 8 June 2012
Enquiries about the posts can be addressed to Professor Andrea Noble ( and/or Professor Jonathan Long (
Person Specification
Durham University is one of the UK?s leading Universities with a strong commitment to the highest international levels of excellence in research and education.
The University wishes to appoint a number of world leading Professors to support its strategic growth.
The ideal candidate will be a leading authority in their field, with a strong track record of teaching and research excellence.
Successful candidates will be expected to provide leadership, promote interdisciplinarity, research and education.
As a leading academic your primary role is within your department, although you will have very considerable freedom to undertake research at the international forefront. There is an expectation that you will take personal responsibility for developing your role, and to show excellence in leadership in working with students, your academic colleagues and the professional support staff. You are expected to engage with students and academic colleagues outside your immediate discipline through membership of a College Senior Common Room.
As a senior member of staff, you will be expected to demonstrate leadership both within our University community and also externally in promoting the interests of the University.
Qualifications : PhD in relevant subject area (E)
Experience :
  • A strong, sustained record of published academic output at international/world-leading levels of recognition (E)
  • Demonstrable success in winning external research funding competitively (E)
  • Demonstrable ability to engage in research leadership (E)
  • Record of high achievement in teaching, demonstrated, for example, by student feedback and teaching awards etc.(E)
  • Evidenced commitment to the mentoring and guiding of early-career academic staff. (E)
Skills / Competencies
  • The vision and ability to provide academic leadership in shaping the future of your discipline, within the international community and at Durham. (E)
  • Excellent leadership skills, coupled with the drive and ability to make a significant contribution to your School/Department and broadly within the University. (E)
  • Commitment to international research excellence, including potential to plan, lead and deliver collaborative projects. (E)
  • Proven track record of successful post-graduate supervision. (E)
  • An external profile in terms of editorial boards or other equivalent bodies, offering expert legal advice, membership of policy-making bodies or review panels, advisory boards or funding councils.(E)
(E) – Essential (D) – Desirable