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  • Holger Zellentin
    Dear Colleagues, Just a reminder that the deadline for our position in Hebrew Bible is approaching fast. Please feel free to distribute the attached
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2011
    Dear Colleagues,

    Just a reminder that the deadline for our position in Hebrew Bible is approaching fast. Please feel free to distribute the attached advertisement to suitable candidates with a PhD in Hebrew Bible (Second Temple Judaism) in hand? This position is tenured, the department has a very strong culture of research, and a growing commitment to Jewish Studies. I would be happy to answer any informal inquiries, or they can be directed to Karen Kilby.

    The details hare here: http://jobs.nottingham.ac.uk/CE03589A

    The job description is attached, and pasted below.

    Best regards,

    Holger Zellentin

    Job Title: Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

    School/Department: School of Humanities, Department of Theology & Religious

    Contract Status: This permanent post is available from 1 September 2011

    Hours of work: Full-time 36¼ hours per week

    Salary: £32,620 – £43,840 per annum (pro rata), depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

    Location: Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University Park

    Responsible to: Head of Department

    Job Description:
    The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a good research record and potential in Hebrew Bible or Old Testament. Applications are especially welcome from those whose interests lie in literary or theological approaches to the texts, or from those whose research is in the area of the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching Hebrew and Biblical Studies modules in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, for supervising postgraduate research and for contributing to departmental administration.

    Main Duties and Responsibilities:
    Prepare, develop and deliver modules in Hebrew and in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
    Mark coursework and exams.
    Supervise undergraduate students for modules involving independent study and postgraduate research students.
    Research and publish in the field of Hebrew Bible or Old Testament
    Contribute to the administrative work of the Department as requested by the Head of Department.
    Any other duties appropriate to the role and level.

    This job description may be subject to revision following discussion with the person appointed and forms part of the contract of employment.

    Person Specification:

    Qualifications/ Education

    PhD in the area of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

    Excellent publication record relative to the stage of the applicant’s career
    Experience in teaching in a Higher Education Institution

    Ability to teach Biblical Hebrew
    Ability to teach the whole of the canon of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
    Office procedures and IT skills including Microsoft Word, email, www
    Good research fit with current strengths in the Department, including ancient Judaism

    Previous experience of higher education in the UK or in a comparable setting in another country.

    Personal Attributes
    Ability to relate well to students both in terms of teaching and pastoral care.


    Ability to work well in a team.
    Good interpersonal skills.

    Please note that as part of its commitment to maintaining the highest academic standards in teaching and learning, the University expects all newly appointed or promoted Lecturers (unless exempt) to complete 30 credits of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) Course.


    To apply on-line please access: http://jobs.nottingham.ac.uk/CE03589A. If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resources Department, tel: 0115 951 3262 or fax: 0115 951 5205. Please quote ref. CE/03589A

    In addition to the application form, applicants should supply a CV, which should include details of their teaching and administrative experience and the areas of their research expertise.

    Applicants may be contacted and asked to supply samples of their publications or writings.

    On the interview day, all interview candidates will be expected to make a short (20 minute) presentation, on a topic of their choice related to their research, intelligible to an audience of third year undergraduates, postgraduates and academics. The purpose of this presentation is in part to allow the Department to make a judgement about the candidates’ teaching ability.

    Due to the requirements of the UK Border and Immigration Agency, applicants who are not UK or EEA nationals and whose immigration status entitles them to work without restriction in the UK will be considered on an equal basis with UK and EEA nationals.  Other non-UK or non-EEA nationals whose employment will require permission to work subject to a resident labour market test may only be considered if there are no suitable UK or EEA national candidates for the post.  Please visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ for more information. 

    Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Karen Kilby, Head of Department, tel: +44 (0)115 951 5851 or email: karen.kilby@.... Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

    Please quote ref. CE/03589A

    The Department of Theology and Religious Studies operates a thriving undergraduate programme, with just over 200 students (roughly two thirds are single honours). It runs a number of residential MA programmes-- an MA in Theology and Religious Studies, an MA in Biblical Interpretation and Theology, and MA in Philosophical Theology, and MA in Theology, Philosophy and Literature—and two Distance Learning MA Programmes (MA in Philosophical Theology, MA in Church History). It expects to initiate a new Distance Learning Programme in a field of Jewish Studies in the near future.

    The Department of Theology and Religious Studies is currently ranked as one of the finest in the country, maintaining a tradition of over 50 years of leading scholarship. The Department focuses on Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Key areas of research strength in the Department in addition to Biblical Studies include historical, systematic and philosophical theology; church history; and theology in relation to literature, philosophy, politics, economics and natural science. Jewish studies is a rapidly developing locus of strength within the Department.

    About the Department of Theology and Religious Studies

    (a) Place within the School of Humanities
    The Departments of Archaeology, Art History, Classics, Music, Philosophy and Theology and Religious Studies constitute the School of Humanities within the Faculty of Arts. The current Head of the School of Humanities is Professor Stephen Mumford. The current Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies is Dr Karen Kilby.

    (b) Location
    The Department of Theology is located in Highfield House, a beautiful 19th century building on University Park campus, some two and a half miles from the city centre.

    (c) Academic Staff
    The Department has sixteen academic members of staff, whose research interests are as follows:

    Professor Richard Bell studied Chemistry and Physics at University College London, followed by research in Theoretical Atomic Physics. He studied Theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and completed his doctorate in Theology at Tübingen. His dissertation was concerned with Romans 9-11. He has been teaching at Nottingham since 1990. His main areas of research are the Theology of Paul and the relationship between the Natural Sciences and Theology. He is currently working on a Theology of Mind and on a study of free will and determinism from theological and scientific perspectives.

    Professor Agata Bielik-Robson specializes in Jewish philosophy. Her field of research is the modern messianic tradition in relation to modern philosophical thought (Spinoza, Cohen, Rosenzweig, Benjamin, Adorno, Levinas).

    Dr Conor Cunningham is a Lecturer. His research interests include metaphysics, philosophical theology, philosophy of religion, and phenomenology. He is also assistant-director of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy.

    Dr Mary Cunningham teaches principally in early and Medieval Church history, focusing both on the development of doctrine and on spirituality. Her research focuses mainly on Greek patristic topics, including the fields of homiletics and hagiography. She has published books on Orthodox theology, the history of the Byzantine church, and early Christian and Byzantine sermons. Recent work has focused especially on the development of the cult of the Virgin Mary in the Byzantine empire.

    Professor Roland Deines is an expert on the Jewish context of the New Testament with a special focus on Jesus and the Gospels. His specific research interests are the Gospel of Matthew and the Letter of James in its Jewish-Hellenistic context. He is also interested in the interaction between archaeology and the New Testament. He studied Theology and Jewish Studies in Basel, Tübingen, and Jerusalem and taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the universities in Tübingen, Jena, Beer-Sheva, Israel, and at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, USA. He is involved in a research project in Jena, Corpus Judaeo-Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti, and a teaching program at the Ben Gurion-University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva. He joined the Department in September 2006.

    Professor Alan Ford is an early-modern historian specialising in 16th and 17th century Britain and Ireland with particular interests in apocalyptic, religious hatred, Calvinism and the history of universities. His most recent book, James Ussher: theology, history and politics in early-modern Ireland and England, looks at a seminal figure in Irish intellectual history and examines how he helped to construct the distinctive Irish protestant identity.

    Professor Philip Goodchild has taught in Nottingham since 2000. He is particularly interested in the legacy of recent European philosophy for religious thought and the return of religious thinking in other disciplines, especially politics and economics. He has published extensively on Gilles Deleuze, and more recent books include: Capitalism and Religion: The Price of Piety (2002) and Theology of Money (2007).

    Dr Jon Hoover teaches Islamic Studies with particular interest in medieval Islamic theology. His research focuses on the theologies and legacies of the fourteenth-century Muslim theologians Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya. He has published several articles on these two figures, as well as the book Ibn Taymiyya’s Theodicy of Perpetual Optimism (2007). He has also published a number of essays in Christian-Muslim relations.

    Dr Karen Kilby has written on 20th century Roman Catholic theology and on a variety of themes in systematic theology, especially those touching on the place of mystery and the limits of our knowing.

    Dr Frances Knight specialises in the history of Christianity in the West in the nineteenth century, particularly in regard to Britain. She is currently working on a book on Christianity and the fin-de-siecle. Frances joined the department in 2009.

    Dr Alison Milbank works in the area of Religion and Literature. Her research focuses on the relation of religion to culture in the Medieval and the post-Enlightenment periods, with particular interests in Gothic, fantastic and horror fiction. She is working on a theological history of the Gothic from the Reformation to the 20th century, and a short book on Dante as a lay theologian. Her most recent book is Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians: The Fantasy of the Real (2007). She joined the department in 2004.

    Professor John Milbank is Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics, and he also joined the Department in September 2004. He teaches political theology and contemporary political philosophy. He has studied at Oxford, Cambridge and Birmingham, and has taught at Lancaster, Cambridge, and Virginia, where he was Frances Myers Ball Professor. His interests combine systematic theology, political philosophy and historical theology, and his extensive publications have made him one of the world’s most prominent theologians.

    Professor Tom O’Loughlin is Professor of Church History, working especially in the late antique and early medieval periods. He also has worked on Celtic Christianity.

    Dr Simon Oliver works in the area of Systematic Theology. He is particularly interested in the Christian understanding of creation, and has written on the concept of motion and on teleology.

    Professor Anthony Thiselton is known internationally for his work on Hermeneutics and Theory of Interpretation, but his research interests also include modern theology, philosophy of religion, and the application of philosophy of language to biblical studies.

    Dr Holger Zellentin works in Jewish Studies. His research and teaching interests include Rabbinic and Hellenistic Judaism, literary theory, and the critical study of religion. His most recent publication, Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish and Christian Literature (2011), situates rabbinic thought in dialogue with the cultures of Byzantium and Sasanian Persia. He currently works on non-rabbinic Jewish movements in Late Antiquity.

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