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Deadline: 5 December 2019


Applications are invited for an Associate Lectureship (Education Focused) in Iranian and Middle Eastern History focused on the period 1700-1950, available from 6 January 2020 for a period of two years. The ideal candidate will be a specialist on the 18th and/or ‘long’ 19th c. This post is intended as a temporary teaching replacement for Professor Ali Ansari who will be on leave during this time.

The successful candidate will be required to teach at least one of the following Honours (third/fourth year) courses: Persia in the 18th Century – 1722-1834 (The Age of the Warlords) and/or Modern Iran from 1834-1941: Enlightenment, Nationalism & Revolution. They will also be expected to contribute substantially to lectures and tutorials of the group-taught sub-honours (second year) module MH2002 Introduction to Middle Eastern and Islamic History. The successful candidate may also be required to contribute to the teaching of other sub-honours modules (e.g. MO1008 Themes in Late Modern History, c.1776 – 1989; MO2008 Scotland, Britain and Empire, c. 1500 – 2000), and the MLitts in Middle Eastern and Iranian Studies.

The successful candidate will join a distinguished cluster of scholars working on aspects of Middle Eastern history. You must have excellent command of Persian and ideally also another Middle Eastern language (e.g. Arabic, Turkish) and be able to contribute to the activities of the Institute of Iranian Studies (

You should have completed a PhD in a relevant field and show substantial promise of research excellence. Experience of teaching at university level is also desirable, combined with an ability to bring imagination to tutorials, seminars and lectures. Although undergraduate teaching is based on sources in English translation, the successful candidate will have an excellent command of Persian, and may be required to offer some MLitt level teaching of primary sources in this language, depending on student demand.


Further information and the online application form may be accessed through the following link:


To discuss this post informally, candidates may wish to contact the Chair of the Department of Middle East Studies, Dr Dimitri Kastritsis (


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