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Just saw on the CLASSICISTS mailing list a job listing. Of course, as a mere PhD student this sort of thing is of only ‘academic’ interest to me. Nonetheless, it really boggled me to think that a University would trawl about for a scholar ‘producing publications of international significance’ who could ‘be expected to enhance REDACTED’s international reputation as a centre for the study of the ancient world’, and yet the quid pro quo of this research excellence is a contract of merely one year’s length? Surely the job market is not this bad? Have they got a RQF review next year and need to bump up their numbers? Anyway it seems pretty bleak, as you can see below:

The Department of Classics and Ancient History at REDACTED University is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified candidate to a fixed-term Lectureship in Classics (01 January 2014 – 31 December 2014). The successful applicant will be expected to enhance REDACTED’s international reputation as a centre for the study of the ancient world.

The successful applicant will be someone producing publications of international significance in a field of classical studies which will complement the Department’s current strengths in Ancient History, Greek and Roman literature (especially ancient epic), Ancient Philosophy, the study of Classical Receptions, and encounters between the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East.

The successful candidate will contribute to research-led teaching at all levels, and will be expected to make a contribution to the teaching of Latin and ancient Greek. They will, likewise, be expected to enhance the research environment at large, through contributions to seminars and collaborative work with other colleagues as appropriate.

Finally, they will be required to act as examiner at all levels, play an active role in the day-to-day running of the Department, and undertake such administrative duties in the Department as will be assigned to them from time to time.