Assistant Professor in the Archaeology and History of the Ancient Mediterranean (105124-0122) . Job Reference: 1882308

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

February 28, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category



Classics & Ancient History


£42,149 - £50,296 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Assistant Professor in the Archaeology and History of the Ancient Mediterranean commencing on 1 September 2022. Permanent position, subject to satisfactory completion of probation. 36.5 hours per week.

The Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick is seeking to appoint an individual to a permanent post (subject to satisfactory completion of probation) in the Archaeology and History of the Ancient Mediterranean.

In research, you will be a specialist in aspects of the archaeology and history of the ancient Mediterranean. The successful candidate will be an active researcher with a proven track record in publishing in your field and in applying for external funding. You will have clear plans for significant future research, and the ability and ambition to make applications for substantial research grant funding, including for projects which will involve students in fieldwork. You will also be committed to and experienced in realising the impact of your research on wider audiences outside academia. Your research interests may lie anywhere in the period from c. 700BC to AD 400 and should complement the research strengths of the Department as a whole.

In teaching, you will be expected to teach modules on archaeology and to have practical experience and involvement in archaeological fieldwork as well as the ability to teach Greek history from the archaic to Hellenistic periods. You will have the opportunity to design your own modules and to contribute to our taught masters programme in Ancient Visual and Material Culture. We welcome applications from candidates who can further diversify our syllabus and cover areas of the ancient Mediterranean which we do not currently offer. You will be expected to supervise dissertations at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level. The Department has a dedicated Antiquities room in the new Faculty of Arts building housing our collection of ancient artefacts and coins, and the successful candidate is likely to be involved in further developing this resource for both research and teaching.

You will undertake administrative roles within the Department as required, as well as pastoral duties.

Please submit a covering letter, statement of research plans and an academic CV along with your application, and identify a journal article or chapter which you can submit for review if you are long-listed for this post. Interviews will include a teaching presentation and will be held in the final weeks of March.

Interview Date/s: Between 21-31 March 2022.

Job Description


To undertake research and teaching in the field of the archaeology and history of the ancient Mediterranean; to undertake administration and other activities in order to develop own career and profile, supporting the work of the department of Classics and Ancient History and developing and enhancing its reputation, both internal and external to the University.


Research and Scholarship

• Carry out independent research in the field of the archaeology and history of the Ancient Mediterranean.

• Contribute to the research activities of the department by developing your own research programme, planning and co-ordinating a broad research activity or programme, sustaining an extensive track record of published research findings, maintaining an expert reputation in your own subject area at international level, and providing guidance to staff and students on your specialist area.

• Apply for and manage research funds to the benefit of your or others' research activity and the research standing of the University.

• Publish research outcomes in appropriate refereed journals of international standing, and publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other outlets.

• Engage in external academic activities in accordance with the department's research strategy and which enhance the Department's research profile, including delivery of research papers at conferences, membership of committees of academic bodies, external examining, impact and public engagement, knowledge transfer, journal editorships.

Teaching and Learning Support

• Engage in teaching at all levels using relevant teaching methods, e.g. lectures, seminars, tutorials, etc, working as part of the teaching team. You are likely to be involved in teaching on the following modules, depending on departmental requirements, as well as developing your own modules. - First year module ‘Encounters with Material Culture: Objects and Archaeology' - First year module ‘Introduction to Greek History' - Second year module ‘Hellenistic World' - Honours Joint Second/Third year module ‘The Principles and Methods of Classical Archaeology' - Taught MA core module, ‘Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture' - A new module of Archaeological fieldwork, giving students the opportunity for practical experience in fieldwork related to the post-holder's research interests. - Supervision of final-year UG dissertations and MAT dissertations in material culture.

In addition, the successful candidate will propose other modules for honours level undergraduate students and MAT students on the MA ‘Ancient Visual and Material Culture', depending on your expertise and research interests.

• Develop and apply appropriate teaching techniques and materials, which may be novel or innovative, which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students. This will include contribution to regular reflection on the enhancement of departmental curricula.

• Undertake curriculum design and deliver material across a range of programmes of study at various levels, using appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods, reviewing and improving as required.

• Lead an archaeological fieldwork module including practical experience for undergraduate students.

• Supervise research students (PhD, MA); participate in annual reviews and internal examination of PhD students.

• Take responsibility for academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching.

• Help to develop the opportunities offered by the Antiquities Room and Departmental collection of ancient artefacts.

• Co-ordinate and undertake pastoral support for students within the programme, course or modules for which you are responsible, liaising where necessary with other University agencies such as the Senior Tutor's Office.

Administration and Other Activities

• To undertake a range of departmental, faculty, and university administration, as needed from year to year, as may be reasonably required by the Head of Dept.

• To attend departmental meetings and to participate in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.

• To undertake external commitments which reflect well and enhance the reputation of the University.

• Act as personal tutor for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

PhD in the archaeology or history of the ancient Mediterranean. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Proven ability in research and scholarship with excellence in published work at national and international level in relevant fields with the ability to initiate, develop and deliver high quality research. (a, b, c, d)

Essential Criteria 3

Proven ability in teaching in archaeology and ancient history at undergraduate levels, able to use a range of delivery techniques to engage the interest and enthusiasm of students and inspire them to learn. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 4

Ability to initiate development in the curriculum (UG and PG) and to take responsibility for the effective and efficient delivery of teaching programmes developing the curriculum and appropriate assessment techniques. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 5

Record of successful applications for external funding to support research projects. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 6

Knowledge of ancient Greek and Latin. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

Detailed understanding and experience of archaeological fieldwork and techniques. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 8

Involvement in a current archaeological excavation or fieldwork with the potential to involve undergraduate students from Warwick . (a, c)

Essential Criteria 9

Ability to work collegially and to show leadership in a variety of teaching and administrative roles. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 10

Understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of teaching and research. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Experience of teaching at Masters level. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Experience of supervising undergraduate or masters dissertations. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 3

Experience of academic administrative roles. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 4

Experience in working with collections of ancient artefacts and in public engagement. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 5

Ability to supervise MA language dossiers in a modern European language. (a, c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

The Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick has an established reputation for excellence in both teaching and research with a commitment to research-led teaching. We pride ourselves on providing a supportive environment for both staff and students, with high levels of staff- student interaction. To find out more about the department, please visit our website https: //; https: //

Applications from candidates in groups under-represented in the Classics and Ancient History sector are particularly welcome. Questions about this position can be directed to the Head of Department, Prof Zahra Newby:

Please submit a covering letter, statement of research plans and an academic CV along with your application, and identify a journal article or chapter which you can submit for review if you are long-listed for this post. Interviews will include a teaching presentation and are expected to take place in the last two weeks of March.

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The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

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As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

28 Feb 2022

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