Deputy Director, Warburg Institute

Deputy Director

Warburg Institute

Application deadline: 29th April 2016

  • Job Reference : 00366
  • Closing Date : 29/04/2016
  • Salary : Professorial salaries in the School of Advanced Study are set by negotiation
  • Employment Type : Open ended
  • Department : School of Advanced Study
  • Division : The Warburg Institute (WI)
  • Hours Per week : 35 hours per week

The Role

The Warburg Institute is seeking to appoint a senior academic to the newly established position of Deputy Director to contribute to, develop and manage its academic programme and to represent the Institute in the wider national and international academic community. The successful candidate will work closely with the Director of the Institute, Professor David Freedberg, in developing the academic standing and profile of the Institute and providing day to day academic leadership. He or she will also engage in interdisciplinary research and teaching in an academic discipline associated with the intellectual interests at the Institute. This is an exciting new opportunity to contribute to the work and development of the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture.


To succeed in this role, you will have significant teaching experience, an established research profile and a high academic reputation. You will also have excellent leadership and negotiating skills and a thorough knowledge of developments in the Humanities, experience of academic management and an understanding of the UK Higher Education Sector.

Further Information

Interested candidates should submit a CV with a covering letter by midnight on Friday 29 April 2016. For an initial, informal discussion regarding the position, please contact Catherine Charlton on 0207 862 8898 or email

The successful candidate will be appointed as a Reader (Grade 9) or as a Professor (Grade 10) dependent on experience. The grade 9 salary range is £50,481 – £61,434. Professorial salaries are set by negotiation.

Information for Recruitment Agencies:

Please note we do not accept calls nor unsolicited CVs or applications from recruitment agencies.

About The Institute

The Warburg Institute is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. Initially concerned with the survival of classical antiquity in Renaissance art, its range swiftly expanded. It is dedicated to the history of ideas, the dissemination and transformations of images in society, and the relationship between images, art and their texts and subtexts, of all epochs and across the globe. As its motto – Mnemosyne – and its Library make clear, it was the forerunner of current concerns both with memory and material culture.

Founded by Aby Warburg in Hamburg at the end of the nineteenth century and exiled from Germany in 1933, the Warburg Library was initially concerned with the survival of classical antiquity in Renaissance art but its range swiftly expanded. It attracted the greatest humanist scholars and philosophers of the time – from Erwin Panofsky and Edgar Wind to Ernst Cassirer and Walter Benjamin – and became one of the leading centres in Germany for the understanding of the interactions between images and society across time and space. It transformed the histories of art, literature, and music, and in emphasizing fields such as astrology and magic anticipated many of the developments in the modern understanding of the history of science.

From the outset the Warburg Institute has been notable for its interdisciplinary research extending across the histories of art, science and religion to anthropology and psychology. Its contributions to the epistemological and methodological underpinnings of the histories and theories of culture have been profound and paradigm-changing.

One of the Warburg’s distinctive features has always been its engagement with what are often considered the superstitious, irrational and emotional elements of cultural phenomena. This has enabled some of its most significant contributions to the understanding of both the dynamics and forms of cultural transmission.

The Warburg Library, famous for its powerful and suggestive system of classification, has unique strengths in all these areas, but particularly in the fields of Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance art,  the history of humanism and the classical tradition, Italian history, Arabic, medieval and Renaissance philosophy, and the histories of religion, science and magic.

A hallmark of the Warburg Institute today is its disciplinary openness, which makes it a critical focal point for innovative research across the borderlines between the humanities, the sciences and the social sciences.


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