University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Departmental Lecturer in Modern European History

United Kingdom

Closing in 6 days

Departmental Lecturer in Modern European History

Faculty of History, George Street, OX1 2RL, and Balliol College, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BJ.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the thriving Modern History community in Oxford. This Departmental Lectureship in Modern European History is a fixed-term two-year post at the Faculty of History, George Street, OX1 2RL, in association with Balliol College, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BJ. If eligible, the successful applicant may be appointed to an Early Career Fellowship at Balliol College alongside the Departmental Lectureship. The Early Career Fellowship would last for three years.

The primary responsibility of the post is to undertake undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Faculty of History and Balliol College. In addition, the person appointed will also conduct independent research, contribute to undergraduate admissions, and share tutorial responsibility for all History (and joint-school) undergraduates at Balliol.

The Role

The successful candidate will provide lectures, classes, or tutorials, to an annual total of 16 lectures or classes for the Faculty lectures, and 8 weekly hours of college tutorials and classes. They will organise specific areas of the syllabus; be the first point of contact for students as required in matters relating to attendance, conduct, coursework, performance, and welfare (referring the students to appropriate others as needed); and support of the development of courses and teaching, and manage their own academic research activities and conduct independent research and publication.

The post is intended to cover teaching and administrative duties whilst Professor Martin Conway is serving as the Chair of the History Faculty Board and as the Academic Lead for Research Environment in the Humanities Division.

About you

You will possess a completed doctorate in a relevant field, or have evidence that a doctorate is close to completion, e.g., candidates who have submitted their dissertation will be considered, subject to successful examination. You will have an aptitude for teaching, the ability to inspire and enthuse students and experience of teaching the History of twentieth-century Europe, and sufficient depth and breadth of knowledge in Modern European History to develop course materials and research proposals. The ability to take on administrative responsibilities such as coordinating an undergraduate cohort or core undergraduate course, and evidence of professionalism as a colleague and a proven track record of working with others is essential.

Application Process

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Martin Conway, [email protected], and primarily for the CDF part of the role as the Balliol point of contact, Dr Nicky Trott, Senior Tutor, ([email protected]), or the recruitments team at the History Faculty : [email protected]. All such enquiries will be treated in strict confidence; they will not form part of the selection decision.

You will be required to complete a supporting statement, setting out how you meet the selection criteria, curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications submitted online and received before noon Wednesday 5th June 2024 can be considered.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

Contact Person : Martin Conway Vacancy ID : 172768 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 05-Jun-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 36024 - 38205

Job details


Departmental Lecturer in Modern European History


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 09, 2024

Application deadline

June 05, 2024

Job type



Arts and Culture,History,Linguistics,Literature,Philosophy

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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