The Big Academic Job Hunt

By Lisa Marie Griffith

The academic job season is about to begin- broadly speaking March to August this is the period when most academic institutions begin to advertise the much coveted vacancies they hold for the following academic term. This stressful period is bound to send you running to a computer to look up a job that you heard about through a second-hand comment only to realise that you have 24 hours to complete the job application or that you have in fact missed the deadline. Job hunting is a stressful task and it doesn’t need to be said that in the current climate it is doubly so.

Unfortunately it’s often difficult to take the first step for job hunting. You want to make sure you are looking for jobs in the right place and that you have as much information about job vacancies as possible. When I was writing up my thesis a friend provided me with a couple of job email alerts that were very useful.  Over the last couple of years my list of academic/cultural and heritage job sites has grown. I have put together a list of the sites that I have used in thepast most of them include an email update with new jobs and information, which should make the job hunting task a little easier. Most of the sites below are interdisciplinary but will have specific search categories and listings for humanities or history.

1. The Irish Times is probably the most obvious place to go for Irish Academic Job Listings. The job advertisements are in the Thursday Business supplement of the newspaper.

2. This is the British equivalent of above and their advertisements also include Arts and Humanities Research Council research projects.

3. This site lists all academic jobs in the UK and most in Ireland. It is incredibly comprehensive and you can sign up for a weekly update of all jobs that have been posted on the site in your area.

3. This is the American equivalent of It also has an email update. Bear in mind that you might find yourself trawling through a very long email to get to the history jobs (or jobs in places that you recognise) but if you are prepared to move to the States this is well worth signing up to.

4. This is a European wide academic job board. I haven’t used it much myself but it comes recommended by a friend.

5. H-Net is both interdisciplinary and international and advertises both jobs, research fellowships and conference and seminars (in their announcement section). This is worth checking out if you are not familiar with as it is an all-round useful site.

6. This jobs board deals specifically with jobs in English Studies.

7. I discovered this site during the summer and have found it incredibly useful since. They advertise conferences which are held throughout museums in Ireland but also posts and vacancies for museums and libraries. They also have an email update that you can sign up to.

8. This is the UK version of the above. They also carry library, archiving and academic jobs.

If there are any that I have missed please let me know by posting a comment and best of luck!


10 Responses to “The Big Academic Job Hunt”

  1. Katrina Says:

    Good post. Although worth noting that if you are interested in going outside Ireland or the UK, the season is at different times. Most jobs in North America will be advertised between October and January. Jobs in Australia and South Africa tend to appear between May and November.

  2. puesoccurrences Says:

    Thanks Katrina- thats very helpful!

  3. PatrickL Says:

    One other useful site –
    Covers most of the Irish universities.

  4. puesoccurrences Says:

    I haven’t seen that job listings before- thanks Patrick. By the end of the day we should have a comprehensive list of sites and a proper academic job hunt calendar together.


  5. Ultán Says:

    I got some emails from this site, but it seems nowhere near as good as

  6. Kathleen Says:

    Just to second Kristina’s comment about the US season – but that’s mainly true for tenure-track & permanent posts and most big fellowships. Some visiting / contract lecturer positions (not necessarily called that) will be advertised from now into the summer. I’d recommend H-Net first, but there’s also the dreaded wiki if you like the jungle atmosphere:

  7. puesoccurrences Says:

    I am really out of the loop when it comes to non-European jobs so these are great- thanks!

  8. jjk Says:

    really useful post – thanks Lisa – and to the other contributors

  9. Ruth Says:

    Only just found this blog and read this post so my reply is a bit late in the day, but for those interested in museum jobs the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies Jobs Desk is really helpful and clear. It gives a comprehensive listing of international musuem jobs, including those in Ireland.

  10. puesoccurrences Says:

    Never too late! many thanks Ruth!

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