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Job id: 086906. Salary: £43,205 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 25 March 2024. Closing date: 25 April 2024.

Business unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities. Department: History.

Contact details: Jon Wilson, Head of Department of History. jon.wilson@kcl.ac.uk

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Academic & Teaching.

Job Description

The Department of History seeks to appoint a Lecturer specialising in the history of Twentieth-Century South Asia for 20 months. This is to cover a colleague awarded a research grant. We are looking to recruit a colleague with expertise in any aspect of the history of South Asia, with a preference for candidates who can teach the international history of the region.

You will conduct and publish high quality research in the subject. You will teach a second-year module in the history of South Asia’s international relations, and a third-year, document-based module in post-imperial India, as well as contributing to survey modules and MA teaching. You will assume pastoral and administrative responsibilities, and participate actively in the life and culture of the department. A strong research record, excellent teaching ability, outstanding interpersonal skills and a collaborative ethos are essential for the role.

King’s History department is an internationally-recognised centre for the study of the history of the world. Our undergraduate curriculum introduces students to world history from the early medieval period to the present; it then offers students pathways to study every continent through their second and third years. Our MA provision is similarly broad, developing students’ expertise in medieval, early modern and modern world history. We are an intellectual home for scholars of every region of the world, who use approaches which range from local micro-histories to large-scale quantitative analysis. We particularly value conversation between scholars of different periods and places, with different approaches.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented in the Department of History. Applications from members of groups marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the Equality Act are particularly welcome.

This post will be offered on a full-time 20 month fixed term contract.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct and publish high-quality research in the history of Twentieth-Century South Asia
  • Contribute to the teaching of modern world history and South Asian history at undergraduate level
  • Participate and help lead the collaborative research activities of history at King’s
  • Contribute to core, team-taught teaching in the history department at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • Contribute to the administrative and pastoral provision of the department of History

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  1. PhD in the history of Twentieth-Century South Asia
  2. Excellent research expertise in the history of South Asia
  3. Ability to convene, teach and assess modules relating to the history of South Asia across the undergraduate curriculum
  4. Expertise in one or several languages from the Indian subcontinent
  5. Ability to engage students, support their learning and support their wellbeing through their degree
  6. Demonstrable administrative skills or ability
  7. Evidence of a collaborative ethos, capacity for team-working and enthusiasm for engaging with other colleagues
  8. Strong record in research relative to career stage
  9. Experience of teaching and supporting students at undergraduate level

Desirable criteria

1.    Experience of teaching and supporting students at postgraduate level

Further Information

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in May. The selection process will involve an interview.

To assist in the shortlisting process, please include:

  • a supporting statement, showing how meet each of the selection criteria for the post, using examples of your skills and experience. (This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependents).
  • a copy of an article or chapter (either published or intended for publication)
  • a proposal for a new module at undergraduate level. Design the module expecting it will involve collaboration with other colleagues.
  • a short statement describing past experience that promotes the recognition of diversity and inclusion of under-represented communities, broadly understood.

Application Deadline: 25 April