Associate Professor (Teaching) in the Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects (Durham, UK)

  • Reference number: 012805
  • Department: Archaeology
  • Location: Durham
  • Contract Type: Full time, Permanent
  • Grade: Grade 9
  • Salary Range: £50,618 – £56,950
  • Opening Date: April 17, 2018
  • Closing Date: May 17, 2018 at midday
  • Working Arrangements: This role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares

Durham University Archaeology department is seeking to appoint an Associate Professor (Teaching) to lead the MA Conservation of Archaeological & Museum Objects when Dr. Christopher Caple retires in the summer of 2018.

The interdisciplinary Department of Archaeology is ranked first in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and is listed as one of the top five archaeology departments in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings list. You will therefore bring your expertise of Archaeological Conservation to the department, offering detailed insight into ancient and historical materials and artefacts, and the way in which they are decaying or have been conserved. Taking the lead in MA in Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects (which you will ensure remains a professionally recognized conservation qualification), you will also teach various undergraduate and postgraduate modules and contribute significantly to our Artefacts Research Group.

You’ll need:

  •  To be a qualified conservator with professional accreditation (FIIC, ACR or equivalent) and practitioner experience.
  • An excellent track record in teaching the practice of conservation, including conservation ethics and preventive conservation.
  • Good leadership and communication skills.
  • To have a teaching qualification or be willing to attain fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Ideally you will also have a PhD in archaeological/object conservation or a related field, and are able to supervise PhD students, building on your own research interests.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University. We are committed to equality: please feel free to bring to the attention of the panel periods of leave that may have impacted on your career path, such as maternity, adoption or parental leave.

All applicants are asked to submit:

  • A CV and covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
  • PDFs of two reports of your most significant pieces of conservation work, at least one of which should demonstrate engagement with conservation education and/or outreach;
  • A statement outlining your vision for conservation teaching and professional practice at MA level and beyond.

Applications should be made on line via the Durham University Vacancies Site

To apply for this role please visit:

For academic or department related queries, contact Dr. Mary Brooks ( Director, MA International Cultural Heritage Management, Cultural Heritage, Museums & Conservation, Department of Archaeology, Durham University.