Current vacancies within the UCL History department.
Lecturer in United States History (19th Century)
Grade 8 - Full-time and open ended
Closing Date: 27 April 2019
We are now seeking to appoint an outstanding early career historian working on any major area of the History of 19th century United States, including international, political, cultural, social or economic history. Our preference is for someone who will bring new research interests to complement our current expertise. While we welcome strong applications in all relevant fields, we are particularly keen to strengthen the department’s coverage of antebellum slavery, histories of race and ethnicity, and related themes in the period 1787-1865. S/he will be expected to research and publish material of the highest quality; to offer inspiring teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and to play a full part in the life of UCL History and in promoting the study of the United States both at UCL and nationally.
Applicants must have a doctorate in US History; a competitive record of research publication; an original, imaginative and well conceived post-doctoral research project showing intellectual ambition; experience of teaching in a university History department; the range and depth of knowledge necessary to teach broad survey courses on US History; and a demonstrable commitment to academic citizenship.
Research and publication:
The History Department has a very well-developed research culture and the successful candidate will be expected to pursue and publish research of the highest quality within their field. Permanent members of staff can usually expect two terms of study leave every fourth year. There are certain UCL funds available to help meet the costs of research and attending conferences, but all staff are expected to apply for additional external grants as appropriate. Applications to the UK and European Research Councils for major research projects are particularly encouraged.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) carried out by the UK government, 82% of our submission was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching:
We are committed to excellence not just in research but also in teaching, and we believe strongly that high-quality teaching is both research-led and research-based. As such, members of staff are encouraged to design courses relating to their specialist research interests, and to introduce students to research across the entire syllabus, and we continue to insist on small class sizes (no more than 15 students on most UG modules; no more than 10 on final year UG ‘special subjects’; and no more than 12 on taught MA modules) and on offering students one-to-one feedback on their coursework essays. In the National Student Survey (NSS) we consistently score 90% or higher for teaching satisfaction.
Our degrees are designed to give students a lot of choice about the courses they take (10/12 units of our BA History degree are options; MA students usually take a core course, two options and a dissertation). The Department has several collaborative core courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, to which all colleagues contribute as required.
The UCL academic year is currently divided into three terms, the first two of which are teaching terms (12 weeks from late September to mid-December; 11 weeks from mid-January to late March), with the third term (7 weeks from late April to mid-June) devoted to examining. There is a reading week half-way through each of the two teaching terms, when no classes are held. Full-year modules are therefore taught for 20 weeks; half-year modules for 10 weeks.
The Department expects each member of staff to develop a portfolio of 6 undergraduate and graduate modules, from which they will be expected to offer a range in any one teaching year (i.e. 3 years out of every 4) as required by the Department. We aim to ensure that no-one has more than 8 contact hours per week, averaged out over the 20 teaching weeks. The portfolio normally consists of: a survey course (1 full module); another full-year ‘thematic’ module for undergraduates; a special subject for final-year students, involving the use of primary sources and the supervising of 10,000-word dissertations (1 examined module, 1 dissertation module); a half-module ‘advanced seminar’ for undergraduates, and a second-year ‘research seminar’, in which students are offered structured advice and support as they develop their first independent research project (5,000 words). In addition, staff are expected to develop an MA course (half and/or full module), and we expect all post-probationary colleagues to be supervising research students (minimum 2, maximum 6).
During the probationary period, which lasts up to three years depending on previous experience, new lecturers build up gradually their teaching load and portfolio.
Administration, Academic Citizenship and Knowledge Exchange:
The successful candidate will be expected to play a full part in the life of the Department, UCL and the wider research community, including administrative duties, pastoral care of students and contributions to research seminars and conferences. Most members of the History Department convene or regularly participate in seminars at one of the Institutes of the nearby School of Advanced Study, especially the Institute for Historical Research. A demonstrable commitment to knowledge exchange is part of the role.
Duties and responsibilities:
- To conduct original and ambitious research of the highest quality
- To establish and sustain an outstanding publication record
- To develop and sustain an international reputation for expertise in the field
- To do imaginative and inspiring teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level
- In due course, to attract and supervise doctoral students to successful completion
- To contribute to the promotion of US Studies in UCL, the UK and internationally, particularly through research facilitation activities such as organising seminars and conferences
- To contribute to pastoral care of students and to academic administration
- To do knowledge transfer work
- To collaborate with colleagues to develop and enhance the Department’s work and reputation in all respects.
- Proven commitment to equality and diversity within HE.
- To carry out any other duties commensurate with the post, as requested by the Head of Department or the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences.
- To follow all UCL policies, including Equal Opportunities policies, and to maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations.
We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are currently under-represented within UCL at this level. This is in line with section 48 of the Sex Discrimination Act and section 38 of the Race Relations Act.
The post is available from 1st September 2019. Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date, regretfully it will normally not be possible to offer an alternative date. Salary will be within the Grade 8 range, £43,884 to £51,769 (including London Allowance).
For enquiries relating to the application process and requirements please contact the Department Manager by email (email@example.com). For academic enquiries about the post, please contact the Head of UCL History Department, Prof. Eleanor Robson, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For full details and how to apply, please the official UCL jobs website here.
Research Fellow for The Commission of Inquiry into the History of Eugenics at UCL
Grade 7 - Full-time for 4 months, starting April 2019
Closing Date: 8 April 2019
This post is offered as a secondment to UCL employees only.
The Commission of Inquiry into the History of Eugenics at UCL was set up to examine the historical role of UCL in the study and teaching of eugenics to include examination of financial benefits and make recommendations to include teaching and studying of eugenics in UCL’s current position.
The Commission now seeks to appoint a researcher with a knowledge of archiving and with a degree in the historical and social sciences to assist it with its work. The post holder will be required to catalogue all UCL owned materials, documents, artefacts, building names and funds associated with a number of eugenicists, who were associated with UCL, and to provide a historical account on these items. The account should be themed in order to enable the Commission to further examine specific items easily. The post holder will also be required to produce an evidence based report on the possible modern-day societal impact that UCL’s historical association with eugenics may have on the current modern institution.
This is an excellent opportunity for a researcher who is looking to gain experience of working or evidence of potential to work with a high level committee on an important topic which will have profound historical significance.
View the full job description and see how to apply here.
Research Assistant and Workshop Facilitator
Grade 6 - Part-time and flexible, until 31st July 2019
Closing Date: 11 April 2019
UCL History is looking for a part-time Research Assistant to facilitate a workshop to support a new initiative related to UCL East (developing an MA in Public History).
The main areas of activity will be:
- To undertake some scoping work on potential project partners for a workshop with a view to these being suitable partners for UCL’s planned public history programme.
- Organise a one-day workshop (with UCL and external participants) in summer 2019.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Research Assistant will undertake guided research to identify potential project partners for a conference as part of the planned UCL East Public History MA local partnership initiatives (e.g. museums, archives, lottery funded projects and other relevant organisations).
The Research Assistant will be required to organise a one-day workshop discussion with a Public History related focus. The workshop will involve both UCL colleagues and representation from outside academia. The workshop will be organised in conjunction with UCL’s Interdepartmental Public History Steering Group (Chair: Professor Heather Jones).
Reports to Professor Heather Jones, UCL Department of History
The Research Assistant will be appointed to an ‘As and When’ contract. Payment will be through the monthly payroll, on completion of time sheets. It will be flexible in terms of where and when the work is undertaken. The work will not exceed 70 hours in total over the contract period.
- Degree or equivalent, preferably in History or similar discipline.
- Knowledge of and interest in public history provision.
- Experience of online research such as academic content, online journals/magazines/galleries.
- Proven ability to synthesize and present wide-ranging research into condensed and relevant format for the project leads.
- A self-starter able to define a coherent approach to researching potential non-HE partners.
- Experience of organizing events (room bookings, travel, catering).
- Experience of budget management.
- MA or equivalent preferably History or similar discipline.
- Ongoing research interest (e.g. a PhD project)
To apply: Send a CV and cover letter – formed as one PDF file – by email to Claire Morley, Departmental Manager, History, (email@example.com) by 11 April 2019. In your covering letter you need to explain how you meet the person specification for the job. Interviews are likely to be held on 23 April 2019.