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Assistant/Associate Professor in Digital Humanities

16.04.2020 22:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

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Location: Ningbo - China

Salary: £36,914 to £62,727 per annum depending on skills and experience (salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance)

Closing Date: Sunday, 10 May 2020

Reference: 181025

Contract Status: This post is available from 1 September 2020 or thereafter, and will be initially offered on a fixed-term contract with the University of Nottingham Ningbo China for a period of up to five years. This contract may be extended on an indefinite basis by mutual agreement.

Hours of Work: Full-time

Salary: Salary will be within the range of £36,914 - £62,727 per annum depending on skills and experience (salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance). In addition, an attractive package including accommodation allowance, travel allowance and insurance will be provided for international appointments.

Responsible to: The Head of the School of International Communications

Job Outline:

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the dynamic and growing School of International Communications (IC) at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, the largest and fastest growing school in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. With a high research-output and close partnerships with local industry, IC represents a significant career development opportunity for an ambitious academic seeking to develop their career globally. After recruiting a number of high-level academics over the past 2 years and with the significant growth of both UG and PG programmes, IC seeks to add to this pool and so develop the international reputation of the school.

The successful candidate will conduct research and teaching broadly in the area of Digital Humanities on our BA and MA International Communications programmes. Developing this area as a core part of the IC degree is part of an overarching strategy over the 2019-2022 period. This may also involve developing and conducting research as part of the newly established Digital Heritage Centre or the AHRC Centre for Digital Copyright and IP Research in China. In addition, the candidate will be required to teach on the module ‘Web and Social Media’ which consists of a series of workshops in which students will learn basic coding skills. Candidates should therefore have a specialism in Digital Humanities, knowledge and experience in digital technologies and must be able to conduct technical research as well as teach basic programming. They will be involved in teaching, research, grantsmanship, School administration, and will work in a cooperative and collegial manner with fellow staff at all levels of seniority.

Main duties and responsibilities:


  • To undertake research in Digital Humanities
  • To publish research in peer-reviewed publications
  • To seek internal and external research funding
  • To produce research suitable for dissemination to conferences, workshops and seminars (both national and international)
  • To forge collaborative research links within and outside the University
  • To work collaboratively within research teams and centres
  • To contribute fully to the University’s research activities


  • To prepare and deliver lectures, seminars, tutorials and dissertation supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in modules in the discipline of Digital Humanities.
  • To support and comply with the University’s teaching quality assurance standards and procedures.
  • To participate in the assessments for initial and higher degrees and diplomas of the University and to act as invigilator in such examinations as required.
  • To supervise PhD students.


  • To participate in the administration of the School of International Communications. This may include membership of relevant committees and working groups
  • To liaise, as appropriate, with academic and administrative colleagues in Nottingham, UK
  • To act as a personal tutor for both undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • To take part in and contribute to staff development activities consistent with continuing professional development
  • To ensure compliance with health and safety requirements in all aspects of work
  • Any other duties appropriate to the post and the seniority of the person appointed

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

Essential: A PhD in an area relevant to the post;


  • Membership of relevant professional bodies;
  • Working towards a Postgraduate qualification in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education or equivalent;
  • Facility with quantitative and/or qualitative research methods in media and communication studies;



  • Ability to teach and conduct technical research in Digital Humanities;
  • Research skills;
  • Experience of coding skills necessary in Digital Humanities research and development;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract internal and external funding;
  • The ability to develop and run new academic programmes;


  • Ability to teach one of the following other specific disciplines: game studies; digital media; creative industries; subjects core to web and social media
  • Basic knowledge in data analytics and audience research
  • Evidence of completion of Digital Humanities/Digital Heritage projects
  • Team-working skills;



  • Some experience of teaching/tutorial work in relevant subjects at undergraduate or postgraduate level in an international English speaking institution;
  • Research interests and activities in line with, and complementing, the department’s research activities;
  • Evidence of peer-reviewed research outputs in Digital Humanities;


  • Leadership of academic programmes and research;
  • Evidence of successfully working with internal and/or external partners, and the GLAM sector;
  • Experience of PhD supervision/completion;
  • Knowledge of or practical experience in media production
  • Contacts in Chinese media industries or with academics who specialize in research on Chinese media and communications;
  • Evidence of success in a key leadership role within a university

Personal Attributes


  • Personal enthusiasm to develop links between academic and professional/industry bodies;
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to work to deadlines and to prioritise tasks.


  • Evidence of working collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams;
  • An understanding of the higher education context in the UK and China.

An attractive package, including accommodation allowance, flights and insurance, will be provided to all successfully appointed candidates.

All posts will be based in Ningbo and contracts will be with the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Filippo GILARDI, head of School of International Comunications email: note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.

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