Two Lectureships (Teaching & Research) in Modern Languages (Spanish)

University of Birmingham

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United Kingdom

Position type:

Full time

14 Dec 2018
25 Jan 2019

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-80641

Job Purpose

The Department of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham is seeking to make two appointments at Lecturer level. The appointments will both reinforce and expand existing research and education strengths, following the recent appointment of a number of chairs and lectureships. The Lecturers will contribute to the Department’s renewed vision for the future of Modern Languages as it is studied and researched in the University.

Specifically, the purpose of the roles is to create and disseminate knowledge through initiating and conducting original research, through publication or recognised equivalent forms of dissemination, and through developing and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In addition, to contribute to the Department of Modern Languages andSchool of Languages, Cultures, Art History & Music, through collaborative activities, administrative roles and external activities, as appropriate.

Person Specification

The successful candidates will be excellent researchers, holding or close to completing a PhD or equivalent qualifications and with ambitious future agendas for research, impact, and external funding bids that complement and expand current activity in the Department. The appointees will beexcellent teacher, and will contribute at all degree programme levels, including core and specialist modules and Spanish language teaching. From an early stage, the successful candidates will be expected to take on administrative roles.

The Department welcomes applications from specialists in any relevant time period or geographical area. The Department will give consideration both to applicants who specialize solely in Spanish, and to those who research and teach Spanish alongside one or more other language areas, providing that Spanish is a major part of their work.

Preference may be given to candidates who work in one or more of the following areas, but consideration will be given to all outstanding candidates:

  • Translation and/or Interpreting
  • Linguistics
  • Interdisciplinary or comparative cultural study


Preference may likewise be given to candidates whose approach to research relates to one of the following, but consideration will be given to all outstanding candidates:

  • Linkages and/or comparisons between diverse times and/or places and/or media
  • Sexuality studies with particular regard to intersectional identities
  • Relationships (historical or contemporary) between technology and knowledge


Skills and experience

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels



  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
  • Experience and achievementin knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity
  • Expertise that aligns with the future direction of the Department
  • Demonstrable capacity to produce excellent publications


  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching and advising colleagues
  • Experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability
  • Willingness and ability to collaborate in the planning and delivery of teaching
  • Willingness and ability to undertake language teaching
  • Teaching specialisms that align with the future direction of the Department
  • An ability to make the subject relevant to the present day and in terms of societal challenges.


Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes



£40,792 - £75,744 (Lecturer salary from £40,792 - £48,677 a year with potential progression (to £54,765 a year)). (Senior Lecturer/Reader salary from £50,132 - £58,089 a year with potential progression (to £75,744 a year)). The successful candidate will be appointed at the grade appropriate to their experience and qualifications.

Closing Date

25 Jan 2019

Additional Information

For further information about these posts please contact Professor Andrew Ginger, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT. Email:

Please do not apply for this position via this email address.

Candidates are asked to submit a piece of work as part of their application (maximum 10,000 words; please upload together with your CV in the application form); the panel may make reference to the work in its selection of candidates.

Shortlisted candidates will be expected to attend an interview and do a presentation in March 2019.

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