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Archaeologists of Mongolia or other areas of northern East Asia take note!

Part of the School of Geosciences, the Department of Archaeology at Aberdeen is seeking support to deliver a wide-ranging Archaeology programme through the appointment of a Lecturer in Archaeology appointment. The position will replace Dr. Rick Knecht who has been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship and will be on sabbatical for the duration of the appointment from Autumn 2020 for a period three years.

Applications are welcome from individuals with experience in teaching Archaeology, and who are ideally a specialist in the archaeology of northern regions, in fitting with our departmental ‘Archaeology of the North’ profile. Applications from candidates with an Arctic focus are particularly encouraged, aligning with Dr Knecht’s specialisms. Applications that demonstrate a practical fieldwork and/or lab-based element to their profile would also be desirable. The main responsibilities for the new Lecturer will include developing and delivering high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Candidates should be experienced at communicating to a variety of different audiences, be able to work as part of a team, and be willing to work collaboratively with colleagues in Archaeology and other disciplines in the School and University.

The successful candidate will join a department of leading archaeologists who work in Northern Europe, Scandinavia, the North Atlantic and high latitude regions from Mongolia to North America. At the last REF (2014) the department was ranked No.1 in Scotland for research. You will be expected to contribute to the general teaching and research culture of the department. In light of our department’s commitment to community-centred research and public engagement, experience working with diverse communication, dissemination and outreach styles is also desirable.

Applicants should have a PhD in Archaeology or in a closely allied subject with strong archaeological focus (e.g. Anthropology). Excellent communication and presentation skills that can inspire students should also be demonstrated. They should have a body of high-quality research publications that can support research-led teaching. Experience in teaching archaeology at university level is preferred though equivalent professional experience will also be welcomed. The successful candidate will also be expected to effectively undertake some Departmental administrative responsibilities and to supervise the work of others (e.g. MSc students).

Salary will be paid at the rate of £41,526 per annum pro rata, the first point on Grade 7 of the University salary scale. Select Grade.-

As this post is intended to provide teaching replacement for the Leverhulme Trust Major Fellowship of Dr. Knecht, it will be offered for a period of three years. Appointments are made subject to the Leverhulme Trust’s agreement.

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 273244 or email for further information.

Enquiries can be made to Dr. Kate Britton, Head of Archaeology, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen by email (

The closing date for receipt of applications is 4th July 2020

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