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Teaching Fellow in Old Testament & Hebrew Bible

Applications are invited for a three-year fixed term, part time (28 hours per week) Teaching Fellow in Old Testament & Hebrew Bible post.

The successful candidate will teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Applicants should meet following essential criteria to be considered for appointment:

    1. PhD in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible or the anticipated completion of such a PhD prior to the commencement of the appointment
    1. A thorough knowledge of current trends within the discipline.
    2. Evidence of excellent teaching.
This post is offered on a part-time (28 hours per week), fixed term basis for 36 months.
Salary range: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum, pro rata.
We anticipate interviews will be held in the week commencing 28 May 2018.
Closing Date: Thursday 17th May, 5pm GMT

1. Job Details
Job title: Teaching Fellow in Old Testament and Hebrew Bible
School/Support Department: School of Divinity

2. Job Purpose
Applications are invited for a part time (28 hours per week) Teaching Fellow in Old Testament & Hebrew Bible. The post will be fixed term for 3 years.

The successful candidate will teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including the supervision of dissertations and practical work. The appointee will be expected to take a share of the administrative and management responsibilities of the subject area and to play a full part in the collegiate life of the School of Divinity.

The following are essential for all applicants:
    1. PhD in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible or the anticipated completion of such a PhD prior to the commencement of the appointment
    2. A thorough knowledge of current trends within the discipline.
    3. Evidence of excellent teaching.
Applicants who do not meet these criteria will not be considered for appointment.

3. Main Responsibilities

(Approximate % of time)
  • Teaching predominantly at undergraduate level but with some postgraduate teaching, including the supervision of dissertations and practical work at levels including Honours and/or Masters. (60%)
  • The design and provision of teaching and assessment materials, including exam and tutorial questions. (10%)
  • Assessment at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, including the provision of detailed feedback to students, setting and marking of exams and attendance at exam boards. (10%)
  • Sharing in the responsibilities of the School and Subject Area, including acting as course manager, organisation of the Biblical Studies Research Seminars and act as local organiser for OTSEM. (10%)
  • Act as Personal Tutor to undergraduates in the School (10%)
  • Any other duties that may reasonably be required of a Teaching Fellow as requested by the Head of School.
4. Planning and Organising
  • Responsibility for their own time management.
  • Preparing, organising, delivering, and assessing relevant undergraduate and postgraduate courses and meeting relevant deadlines.
  • Supervise dissertations of final-year undergraduates and Masters students
  • Plan and carry out administrative tasks as required.
  • Provide guidance to students through the Personal Tutor system
5. Problem Solving
The post-holder will be expected to resolve most problems using accumulated experience, though they will remain in regular contact with the line manager, who will ensure that unusual or particularly challenging problems can be appropriately resolved.

6. Decision Making
There are a variety of day-to-day independent decisions that need to be made in relation to research and teaching. Decisions will also be made jointly with colleagues in teaching and academic administration.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships
The job-holder will be expected to form good working relationships with all School staff and key contacts will include:
  • Convener of Biblical Studies Subject Area
  • Academic colleagues in the Subject Area and the School of Divinity
  • Head of School
  • School Management Officers, especially Director Undergraduate Studies, Director Postgraduate Studies, Senior Tutor, Convener of Board of Examiners
  • School Director of Professional Services
  • School professional services staff, especially Course Secretaries, Undergraduate Administrator, Postgraduate Administrator, Student Support Officer/s
8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
  • A PhD in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible or the anticipated completion of such a PhD prior to the commencement of the appointment.
  • A thorough knowledge of current trends within the discipline.
  • Demonstrable evidence of excellence in teaching.
  • A strong demonstrable knowledge of Biblical Hebrew and experience or ability to teach Biblical Hebrew.
  • Demonstrable ability to teach lecture-based non-language introductory courses based upon the text and themes of the Hebrew Bible.
  • Ability to design and deliver course materials and assess student performance
  • Ability to develop good working relationships with a wide variety of groups – students, colleagues in the School and wider University, and academics from other institutions.
  • A proven record of ability to manage time and to work to strict deadlines
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly, orally and in writing.
  • A practical knowledge of virtual learning environments such as LEARN.
  • Experience of postgraduate teaching and supervision of Masters level dissertations.
  • Experience of supervision of honours level dissertations.
  • Course and curriculum design.
  • A commitment to research and attendance at academic conferences.
  • Providing academic advice and support to students.
9. Dimensions
This new post will cover teaching in Hebrew Bible and Old Testament to include but not limited to:
  • Prophets and their Oracles
  • Selected Topics in Biblical Studies (contribute to three weeks of teaching)
  • Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
  • Old Testament Texts (in English)
The successful applicant will also be required to act as personal tutor to a number of undergraduate students, providing academic advice on course selection and progression issues. The School of Divinity comprises of 38 academic staff, 11 administrative staff, around 300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students.

10. Job Context and any other relevant information
We anticipate interviews will be held in the week commencing 28 May 2018.

The University has a strong and long-standing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and to promoting a positive culture which celebrates difference, challenges prejudice and ensures fairness. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

The School of Divinity was awarded a Bronze Athena Swan award in 2014 and is currently working towards Silver status. The Athena Swan Charter is committed to recognise the work undertaken to address gender equality and to achieve an equitable working environment. The Athena Swan Award underlines our commitment to be an employer of choice offering a stimulating work environment coupled with a healthy work-life balance. For more information on flexible working and family responsibilities please see https://www.ed.ac.uk/human-resources/policies-guidance/leave-absence/family-leave.

Application Procedure
All applicants should apply online via our Vacancy Website. Please submit an up to date CV with a supporting statement/cover letter with no more than 500 words (limit it to one A4 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.

We anticipate interviews will be held in the week commencing 28 May 2018.You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on Thursday 17 May 2018.

Eligibility to Work
In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website.

In the circumstances where the vacancy does not meet the Home Office and Visa Services advertising, salary and/or qualification level criteria for sponsorship the successful applicant must have the existing right to work in the UK.

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 Pensions website.


The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £32,548 to £38,833 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.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

Closing date: 17.05.2018
Closing date: 17 May 2018 Erschienen auf academics.de am 30.04.2018
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