Fitzjames Research Fellowship in Medieval English Literature

Merton College, Oxford

Salary £30,326 p.a., plus a housing allowance of £10,000 p.a. or free accommodation

Merton College proposes to elect a Fitzjames Research Fellow in Medieval English Literature for 3.75 years commencing on 1 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  This is a prestigious career development post which will provide a promising academic with opportunities to develop as researcher and university teacher.

The main duties of the post will be: to undertake innovative research in the broad areas of Old or Middle English; to contribute to the wider academic research projects in the University in Medieval English, including establishing productive research collaborations with other academics in Oxford or elsewhere; and to teach undergraduates reading English for an average of six weighted hours per week in full term. The postholder will be eligible for election as a Fellow of the College.

The successful applicant will hold, or be close to completing, a doctorate in a relevant subject area and demonstrate achievement (commensurate with the candidate’s career) in research in Old or Middle English at a standard which will contribute to and enhance the national and international profile of English at Oxford.  The ability to provide effective tutorial teaching to high-achieving undergraduates is essential.  The postholder will also need to demonstrate aptitude for a full range of college academic duties; the willingness to contribute to Merton as a member of its Governing Body; and commitment to a personal career development plan.

In addition to salary, the Fellow will be entitled to free meals, medical insurance, research expenses and other benefits.

The duties and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars on the Merton College website

How to Apply

Those wishing to apply for this post should complete the online application form at and upload:

  • a brief curriculum vitae incorporating a publications list;
  • a research proposal for the 3.75 years covered by the Fitzjames Research Fellowship; and
  • a statement of their teaching range in relation to the needs of the College, specified in 3(b) above.
  • An Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. The information collected on the Equal Opportunties Monitoring form does not form part of the selection process and will not be circulated to the selection panel. It will be used solely to monitor the effectivesness of the College’s Equality Policy which is published at

Applicants should also arrange for three referees (not more than two of whom should be from the same institution) to write directly to the Warden of Merton College by noon on the closing date of 5 September 2018.  References should be sent electronically to  Hard copy signed references will be required for the successful candidate.

The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 5 September 2018.

Interviews will be held in College on Friday 28 September 2018.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidtes, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Merton College is an equal opportunities employer.

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