Career Development Fellow in West African History

Salary: Grade 7 1-3: £ 36,024 - £38,205 per annum (pro-rata for part time appointments)

Start Date: 01/09/2024


About the role   

 We are seeking a talented and enthusiastic Career Development Fellow in African History to join our thriving academic community. This is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience, develop your own research profile, and benefit from the mentoring and training available to our staff. You will have the ability to inspire and enthuse students at all levels, and a willingness to participate in the administrative and research activities of the Faculty of History, University of Oxford, George Street, Oxford.

 The Role

 The position is full-time and will be held for three years, tenable from 1 September 2024. The purpose of post is specifically to provide a time-limited period of career development for those embarking on an academic career, and to promote equality of opportunity by helping create a more diverse pool of potential candidates for future academic posts at Oxford and elsewhere.  The appointee will teach a number of weekly tutorials, and classes as required. They will also deliver lectures in the lecture series for the relevant courses, as required. They will work with current postholders Prof Richard Reid and Dr Michael Odijie to expand the undergraduate and graduate provision in African History, for example by developing an MSt Option Paper and a Further or Special Subject.

 About you

 You will have a completed doctorate in history, or evidence that a doctorate is close to completion, with specialisation in pre-1800 West African History, with a particular focus on West African societies during the era of the Atlantic Slave Trade; candidates with a different disciplinary background (in Politics, Sociology, Political Economy, International Relations, Anthropology) may be considered if they can also demonstrate an interest and commitment to teach and undertake research on the history of pre-1800 West Africa, and an understanding of historical methods. You will have clear evidence of world-class current and future research plans, with a clear plan of research to be conducted during the three years of the post. The ability and experience or potential to teach undergraduate and graduate students of high calibre, to carry out student assessment, and to contribute to the design and delivery of degree programmes with particular attention to African, Global and Imperial History, is essential. 

Application Process

 Queries about the post should be addressed to Richard Reid, Professor of African History: .All practical and procedural queries should be sent to our recruitments team: All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence; they will not form part of the selection decision.

 You will be required to complete a supporting statement, setting out how you meet the selection criteria, curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two referees as part of your online application.

 Only applications submitted online and received before noon Friday 21st June 2024 can be considered.

 Please note that you will receive an automated email from our online recruitment portal to confirm receipt of your application. Please check your spam/junk mail.

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