Assistant Professorship in Visual Culture and Literary Studies

The Faculty of English wishes to appoint to an Assistant Professorship in Visual Culture and Literary Studies from 1 October 2024.

We seek applicants who have research and teaching interests in both Visual Culture and Literary Studies. We are open to applicants tackling a wide range of material and approaches, including interdisciplinary work within the field. At undergraduate level, the appointee will be expected to take a full role in the teaching of Visual Culture to undergraduates, as well as contributing to the wider range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision in literature in English.

Applicants with research and teaching areas in the following periods are especially welcome: the long eighteenth century; the early twentieth century; the twenty-first century.

The successful applicant will be able to conduct original research in their field, generating new interpretations, arguments and methods which will have international reach and significance. 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, with the potential to develop collaborative projects and attract external funding, 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 have a strong record of research and publication, appropriate to their career-stage, 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 teaching at undergraduate and Masters level, and to attract applications from strong PhD candidates.

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.
  • Names of three referees are required, and we will request references at the next stage of the process.

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 Friday 15 December 2023, and Interviews are planned for March 2024, subject to change.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please quote reference GG38676 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University has a vibrant and varied community, and is an equal opportunities employer. We strongly encourage applications from candidates with a Black and Minority Ethnic background, including those of African and Caribbean heritage. Our recruitment and selection procedures follow best practice, and more details are available here:

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