Lecturer in Medieval Latin, University of Edinburgh

Lecturer in Medieval Latin

University of Edinburgh

Application deadline: 6th May 2016

Applications are invited from scholars of the highest calibre with research interests and teaching experience in Medieval Latin (ca.AD 500-1500). The successful candidate is expected to contribute to teaching and supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including potentially the MSc programmes in Classics, Medieval History, and Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies, and to take a lead in the teaching of Medieval Latin to postgraduates in various fields across the University of Edinburgh’s College of Humanities and Social Science. The ability to teach Latin Palaeography will be advantageous. The post-holder will actively engage in research of high quality that will make a substantive contribution to the School’s profile, and will be open to interdisciplinary collaboration.

This is a full-time, open-ended, post with a salary of £38,896 – £46,414

Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on Friday 6th May 2016

Job Details

  • Job title: Lecturer in Medieval Latin
  • School/Support Department: School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Unit: Classics
  • Line manager: Head of Classics


Undergraduate applications to courses and degrees in Classics are buoyant and applications and enrolments are high. There is a very strong and growing postgraduate presence, both in taught courses and in research degrees. All staff are active researchers with interests covering a great many areas of classical studies. Full information about the subject area is detailed below, and can be found on our website at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology/classics


Medieval Studies at Edinburgh is taught across many of the Schools that make up the College of Humanities and Social Science, and the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance studies brings together around seventy staff, including about a dozen Medieval and Renaissance historians within the History Subject Area of the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology. Further information can be found on our website at:

Main Responsibilities


The post-holder will be required to deliver and assess courses at all levels of the School’s teaching provision, and to carry out administrative tasks associated with the delivery and assessment of teaching. S/he will be expected to lecture and conduct tutorials in appropriate sub-honours undergraduate courses and to teach honours courses in medieval and classical Latin and, ideally, Latin Palaeography. S/he will act as dissertation supervisor to a small number of students in the fourth year of the curriculum, and will be required to provide pastoral advice and guidance, especially to undergraduate students. S/he will also contribute to the teaching and supervision of postgraduate students in his/her area of expertise.


The post-holder will be expected to engage in personal research of high quality and to play an active role in obtaining external funding and starting individual or joint research projects/networks. S/he is expected to contribute to the research culture of the School of History, Classics & Archaeology, including active participation in its Research Seminar series, and invited to develop interdisciplinary research initiatives across the School and the University of Edinburgh. S/he is expected to furnish evidence of outstanding achievement as a researcher, in the form of publications, commensurate with his/her career stage.


All members of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology are required to contribute to the administration of their Subject Area, at the direction of the Head of Subject Area, and may also expect to become involved in the administration of the School, under the direction of the Head of School. The successful candidate will be asked from the start of the appointment to contribute fully to the administration and assessment that arise from teaching, and increasingly to the administration of both Subject Area and School. He or she will be directly responsible to the Head of School and the Head of Classics (who has been delegated line management responsibility by the Head of School).

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job



  • A PhD on a topic involving Medieval Latin, or a PhD in a related field combined with substantial research in Medieval Latin.
  • Good first degree (first/2.1) in Classics, Medieval Studies, or a cognate subject.



  • Teaching experience at undergraduate level in Latin and/or Medieval Studies.
  • Evidence of ability to produce original research publications of recognised international excellence in the field of Medieval Latin, commensurate with career stage.


  • Experience of large-group lecturing and small-group tutorial teaching at pre-honours level.
  • Experience of teaching classes at honours level.
  • Teaching experience at postgraduate level.
  • Teaching experience in other relevant subjects (e.g. classical Latin, medieval history, Latin palaeography).
  • Experience in course design and evaluation.
  • Experience of research supervision.
  • Strong record of research publication.
  • Strong record in applications for research funding.
  • Experience of communicating research findings to the wider public.
  • Relevant IT skills and experience including skills for online teaching.
  • Relevant administrative experience.

Personal Attributes


  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • Commitment to quality and innovation in teaching.
  • Versatility in approach to teaching.
  • Commitment to scholarship and research.
  • Capacity for originality and innovation in scholarship.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Capacity to enthuse and motivate.


  • Capacity for leadership in teaching and research.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV, including a list of publications, and completing the 2000 character supporting statement in the application. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Friday 6th May 2016.


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