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Solway Fellowship in the History of Christianity (c.400–c.1800)

5 Mar 2019 1:45 PM | Brandon Alakas

The Solway Fellowship in the History of Christianity (c.400–c.1800)

Closing date: Monday 15 April 2019

This post is full-time and fixed term for 9 months (1 October 2019 - 30 June 2020)

The Solway Fellowship is located in the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) and University College. IMEMS is one of the largest, most diverse and dynamic centres of medieval and early modern studies in the world, bringing together over eighty members of permanent academic staff, plus many postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, from all three faculties of the University. Archaeology, English, History and Modern Languages are particularly well-represented among its members, but the Institute has a specific brief to encourage and support links across disciplines and inter- and multi-disciplinary research initiatives. A generous benefaction to University makes it possible to offer this fellowship in any aspect of the history of Christianity between c.400 and c.1800.

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor (Research) in any relevant subject area with a particular interest in the history of Christianity c.400–c.1800. The successful applicant will be expected to engage actively in the academic life of both the Institute and the College and to pursue a research project that will lead to high quality research outputs. We particularly welcome applications that bring religion into dialogue with other disciplines, including the sciences, and demonstrate engagement in any of these three areas: (1) projects that focus on our collections and/or our tangible and intangible heritage at the World Heritage Site; (2) projects that complement, or provide stimulating contrasts with, any current research initiatives by IMEMS members; (3) projects which contribute to IMEMS research themes.

The Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of the history of Christianity (c.400–c.1800), with the ability to engage fully in the services, citizenship and values of the University.

The University provides a working, research and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

To be eligible for the post, applicants must have been awarded their PhD by the time that they take up the post. Candidates must have capacity for and be making progress towards the independent development of internationally excellent research that produces high-quality outcomes, including some work that is recognised as world class. The essential research criteria for this post can be found on the Job Description.

The post is also open to candidates at a more senior level, but the appointment will be made at Grade 7.

How to Apply

For informal enquiries please contact Prof. Stephen Taylor ( All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.


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