Assistant Professor in the Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century

The Faculty of English wishes to appoint to an Assistant Professorship in the Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century from 1 September 2023.

We seek applicants who have research and teaching interests in the Long Eighteenth Century. We are open to applicants tackling a wide range of Anglophone literature and approaches, including interdisciplinary work within the field. Applicants with research and teaching interests in the following fields are especially welcome: literature of the period outside the British Isles; gender and/or sexuality studies, theoretical and/or historical in approach; digital humanities.

At undergraduate level, the appointee will be expected to contribute to dedicated specialist courses in this area, and also, according to their interests and expertise, to the wider range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision.

The successful applicant will be able to conduct original research in their field, generating new interpretations, arguments, methods and associations which will have international reach and significance. They will be expected to engage closely with other researchers in the Faculty and, where appropriate to the research concerned, to develop proposals to attract significant external funding. We intend to appoint a scholar whose work will make a substantial difference to the way in which the study of this area is pursued and who is able to develop the kinds of public and professional engagement that will maximise the impact of their research.

Candidates should have a completed PhD and an exceptional record of research and publication in a relevant subject area. The successful applicant will support and maintain the University's national and international reputation for excellence in teaching. They will be expected to offer undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision, as well as to be able to attract applications from the strongest PhD candidates worldwide.

Please ensure that you upload the following documents to your online application:

  • a covering letter
  • your Curriculum Vitae, including a full list of publications;
  • a document describing your main teaching and research interests, and an indication of the teaching you would hope to offer if appointed to the post.
  • Three references are required, and applicants should ask their referees to send their reports to by the closing date.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Raphael Lyne, Chair of Faculty ( Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Vicky Aldred (

The closing date is midnight (GMT) on Thursday 15 December 2022, and Interviews are planned for mid March 2023 subject to change.

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Please quote reference GG33611 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Faculty is committed to equality and diversity, and we would particularly welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups such as women and those from Black, Asian or other Ethnic Minority backgrounds. Details of some of the family-friendly policies operated by the University are at:

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