Teaching Fellow in Greek
University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology
United Kingdom

Teaching Fellow in Greek

Vacancy Ref: : 039755 Closing Date : 31-May-2017

Contact Person : Gavin Kelly Contact Number : +44 (0)131 650 3581

Contact Email : gavin.kelly@ed.ac.uk

The School of History, Classics, and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint a Teaching Fellow in Greek for 12 months from 1 September 2017, while Dr Simon Trépanier holds a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. The post-holder will play a leading role in the teaching of ancient Greek language and literature at Subhonours level as well as teaching Greek literature in translation; will design and teach research-led honours courses in these fields; and will supervise undergraduate and master’s dissertations. He or she will also undertake a limited amount of teaching-related administration, including organisation of sub-honours courses. Specialists in any field of Ancient Greek are welcome to apply; the ability to teach philosophical texts may be advantageous.


This is a full time, 35 hours, fixed term post tenable from 1st September 2017.
Salary: £32,004- £38,183 per annum.


Closing date: 5pm (GMT) 31st May 2017.


Job Purpose

This post is designed to replace the teaching and some teaching-related administration of Dr Simon Trépanier between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, while he holds a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. The post-holder will play a leading role in the teaching of Greek language and literature at Subhonours level as well as teaching Greek literature in translation; will design and teach research-led honours courses in these fields; and will supervise undergraduate and master’s dissertations. He or she will also undertake a limited amount of teaching-related administration, including organisation of sub-honours courses.


Main Responsibilities

• Designing, teaching, and assessing research-focused courses for honours students, in Greek and Classical Literature in Translation, to meet the teaching objectives of Classics (Approx 25% of time)

• Lecturing, tutoring, and in two cases organising courses at sub-honours level (including intermediate/ advanced Greek (in Greek 2a, Greek 2b and associated courses), Classical Literature in translation (in Greek World 1b and Classical Literature in Translation 2), to meet the teaching objectives of Classics (Approx 40% of time)

• Supervising undergraduate and MSc dissertations, to meet the teaching objectives of Classics (Approx 8% of time)

• Administration and student-facing activities, including advising students in office hours, to meet the didactic and pastoral objectives of the School (Approx 7% of time)

• Engaging in/ keeping abreast of scholarship, and other forms of personal development activities, inter alia to help the holder in delivering excellent research-led teaching (Approx 20% of time)


Planning & Organising

Design and deliver research-driven honours courses, as directed by the Head of Classics
Supervise dissertations of final-year undergraduates and MSc students as directed by the Head of Classics.
Plan and deliver sub-honours teaching in collaboration with colleagues, including acting as course organiser in some instances, as directed by the Head of Classics.


Problem Solving

Identify the best ways to convey new concepts and approaches to students who may have no previous experience in the period or ideas studied.
Work with academic colleagues and the Student Support Office to assist students who encounter difficulties in their studies.

Work with colleagues to ensure a coherent series of lectures and tutorials in team-taught sub-honours courses.


Decision Making

Decide on programmes of work for undergraduate and postgraduate students within courses organised.
Participate in assessment, including moderation, and the examining process.


Key Contacts/Relationships

Work with the Head of Classics, colleagues on co-taught courses, Student Support Officers, and administrators in the Undergraduate Teaching Office and Graduate School of History, Classics, and Archaeology on the planning, delivery, and assessment of successful undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervisions.


Knowledge, Skills & Experience





• A PhD in Greek language and literature, either awarded or recently submitted.
• Good first degree (first/2.1) in Classics, Ancient History, or a cognate subject.
• Teaching experience (including tutoring and lecturing) at undergraduate level in Greek.
• Evidence of engagement with scholarship and research, including the form of recent or forthcoming publications in the field, commensurate with career stage.



• Experience of large-group lecturing and small-group tutorial teaching at sub-honours level.
• Experience of teaching classes at honours level.
• Teaching experience at graduate level.
• Teaching experience and ability in classical subjects other than Greek.
• Experience in course design and evaluation.
• Experience of communicating research findings to the wider public.
• Relevant administrative experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Competencies



• Expertise in ancient Greek language and literature.
• Linguistic knowledge in other relevant languages adequate for outstanding teaching in Greek.



• Expertise in Greek Philosophy, or other aspects of classical studies.


Personal Attributes



• Excellent presentation and communication skills.
• Commitment to quality and innovation in teaching.
• Versatility in approach to teaching.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work as part of a team.
• Capacity to enthuse and motivate.



Capacity for innovation in development of teaching.



Teaching and marking of undergraduate courses in Classics: will include lecturing students in large groups (up to ca. 150 students in Greek World 1b lectures, 70 in Classical Literature 2 lectures) and smaller groups (e.g. 30-35 in Greek 1c/2a, 15-25 students in honours courses). Supervision of undergraduate and master’s dissertations students.


Job Context & Other Relevant Information

The duties of the post are in teaching and administration, but the successful candidate will be expected and will be given time to keep up with and/or engage in scholarship in the field of Greek language and literature at a level sufficient to offer research-led teaching, and to participate in the intellectual life of Classics and of the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology.


Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.
The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on 31 May 2017.


Eligibility to Work


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For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website


However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.


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Conditions of Employment


Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.


For further information please visit our Pensions website.




The role is grade 7 and attracts an annual salary of £32,004 to £38,183 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.



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