Vacancy: Programme Leader/Lecturer: Church History

Edinburgh Theological Seminary is seeking to appoint a high-quality academic professional to research in Church History, supervise to MTh and PhD level and teach Church History.

Job title: Programme Leader/Lecturer: Church History 

Location: Edinburgh
Reporting to: The Seminary Principal

Located at the heart of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh Theological Seminary is a provider of theological education to undergraduate and postgraduate degree level. Edinburgh Theological Seminary is seeking to appoint a high-quality academic professional to research in Church History, supervise to MTh and PhD level and teach Church History. We would welcome applications from candidates with the skills appropriate to the delivery of courses in Church History, with a particular Scottish and Presbyterian focus.

The successful applicant will be a competent researcher and teacher with a strong publication trajectory who will contribute to the objectives of the Seminary by engaging in research, supervision and teaching to the highest quality, and publishing in leading international journals. 

Responsibilities are set in consultation and can be expected to range across the following categories: 

  • Provide supervision to post graduate students, particularly in the field of Scottish Church History and Theology. 
  • Sustain research-related contributions through conference papers and presentations, dissemination activities and/or consultancy projects and advice.
  • Teach on and, where appropriate, develop and lead programmes under the direction of the Principal.
  • Undertake reasonable administrative/managerial duties within the Seminary under the direction of the Principal and play a full part in the academic life of ETS.

The Post Holder must:

  • Organise and carry out their work in research, supervision and teaching.
  • Effectively assess resource requirements (teaching specific).
  • Motivate, inspire and support people (students, colleagues).
  • Work well in a team.
  • Devise and/or manage multiple teaching, learning and assessment activities.
  • Contribute to the pastoral care of students and assist in the overall management of the Seminary as a member of the leadership team.  
  • Carry out administrative responsibilities.

The post holder must be in full sympathy with the doctrinal position of the Free Church of Scotland and subscribe to its Confession. 

Person Specification

It is expected that the candidate will have the following skills and experience:


  • PhD in a relevant historical discipline.
  • A developed area of research and achievement of quality publications in Church History.
  • Competence to teach on programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (and have some successful experience of teaching).
  • The ability to engage confidently and competently with the world of practice.
  • Communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team.


  • Experience of Masters and PhD supervision and/or leadership of one or more research projects.
  • Experience of academic administration.


Annual salary of c.£43,000.

The Free Church of Scotland operates a defined contribution Group Flexible Retirement Plan with generous employer contributions.

Anyone enquiring about this position should contact Heather Watson at [email protected]

or write to Edinburgh Theological Seminary, 15 The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 2LS, UK. 

Please include a full CV. 

There is an Occupational Requirement under the Equality Act 2010 for the post holder to demonstrate a firm Christian commitment.

Closing date for applications: 18th December 2020

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