Lectureship in Modern and/or Contemporary Art History, University of Aberdeen (1 FTE, open-ended)

The University of Aberdeen wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Modern and/or Contemporary Art History (1 FTE, open-ended) from 1 September 2022. Applicants should have a research and teaching focus on any area of modern and/or contemporary art. The successful candidate will contribute to the Art History department’s research profile through publications, projects and grant income generation. They will contribute to teaching across the undergraduate art history programme and develop specialist honours courses focusing on their field of expertise, with strong encouragement to work with University, civic and regional collections. The appointee will supervise PhDs and work with colleagues to develop further postgraduate offerings. The appointment will be made at lecturer level with expectation that applicants will have an academic publishing profile of demonstrable excellence.

The Art History Department at Aberdeen operates with a strong interdisciplinary outlook. Its active researchers are furthering specialist knowledge and understanding across a range of areas including medieval art, architecture and visual culture, early modern prints, 19th-century European art, art theory and historiography, and exhibition history. Our undergraduate programme provides students with an extensive knowledge of the history of art from the Middle Ages to the present day, covering a wide range of media and techniques, and offers applied learning through museum history and curating. Our curriculum aims to situate European art in its global connectedness and its full complexities.

We offer a four-year undergraduate programme leading to an Honours degree in Art History, together with a wide range of joint degree options. At postgraduate level, we offer an MLitt in Christianity and the Visual Arts, taught jointly with the department of Divinity and contribute to the online MLitt in Scottish Heritage, in addition to MLitt or PhD research supervision in Art History. The University’s prestigious art collection, as well as Aberdeen’s internationally-renowned galleries and museums form a significant part of our degree programmes, as part of vocational training. The department was ranked 1st in the UK for Art History in the 2022 National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction.

The main purpose of this role is to fulfil teaching and supervision requirements of the Art History department at Aberdeen and to contribute to the research excellence of both the department and the School of History, Divinity, Philosophy and Art History. An important part of this post will be in the continuing development and delivery of the Art History programmes. The successful candidate will be expected to have a demonstrable ability to teach modern and/or contemporary art, to contribute broadly to the undergraduate teaching programme in Art History and to support and supervise the work of postgraduate students.

Key responsibilities

• Development and delivery of art history courses in their field of specialism at honours level

• Course design, coordination and teaching at all undergraduate levels in Art History

• Lectures and tutorials at sub-honours level

• Assessment of coursework

• Supervision of the work of postgraduate students and teaching of post-graduate options where appropriate

• Contribution to the research excellence of the School and delivery of personal research of a level and quality to enhance the
next Research Exercise Framework submission

• General academic administration

Applicants should have a proven research record of demonstrable excellence in the discipline of Art History, and an ability to teach across that discipline.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field, have experience of teaching in higher education, and possess excellent oral and written communication skills.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on Grade 7, £42,149 – £50,296 per annum, with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Joanne Anderson, Head of Art History, e-mail:

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa. At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Lauren Storey, HR Adviser (e-mail: for further information.

To apply online for this position visit University of Aberdeen jobs

Job Reference Number: DHP112A

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 August 2022

The School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History embraces a diverse working environment and recognises the many benefits this can bring. Applications from individuals from across all of the equality protected characteristics are encouraged.

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