Jobs for Medievalists

Postdoctoral Research Assistant – A Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

University of Oxford – Faculty of English Language and Literature

Gibson Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford

Grade 7: £31,604 – £38,833 p.a.

Following the award of a European Research Council Advanced Grant to Professor Andy Orchard (‘A Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry’), the Faculty of English Language and Literature is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on the project. This post will be fixed-term until 31 August 2021, and it is anticipated that the appointee will start on 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project involves the creation of an interactive online edition of the 60,000 or so lines of verse, roughly half in Old English and half in Latin, that comprise the entire combined corpus of Anglo-Saxon poetry. This will be marked up through TEI P5 XML to facilitate the identification of idiosyncratic features of sound, metre, spellings, diction, syntax, formulas, themes, and genres across the corpus. The project will produce a linked series of conferences, workshops, and print publications, including monographs, conference-proceedings, and a themed issue of an academic journal. CLASP will use the full panoply of digital resources, including sound- and image-files where relevant, to make the oldest surviving poetry from Anglo-Saxon England available to a modern audience for unprecedented kinds of exploration, comprehensive analysis, and interrogation. Further details of the project are included at Appendix 1 of the Further Particulars.

The researcher will have training in both Old English and Latin, and will focus on integrating and cross-referencing material both within and across languages. Throughout the project, the RA will be expected to present their research at several conferences a year, to produce articles, and to co-edit conference proceedings and other publications. They will also help to organise the seminars, workshops, and conferences, and will co-edit the conference proceedings and special journal issue.

Applicants should possess a PhD in Anglo-Saxon Literary and Linguistic Studies or a related field (the PhD must have been awarded by the time the individual takes up the post); experience of work with Anglo-Saxon texts and manuscripts, including accuracy in translation; proficiency in both Old English and Latin, especially with regard to language and metre; the ability to work flexibly, and in a team; a willingness to participate in the overall running of the project and public engagement activities; a high level of communication skills, including the ability to address a range of audiences; a high level of organisational skills and an ability to meet deadlines; excellent computer skills; and the capability to work independently, and across disciplinary boundaries.

Further Particulars (which all applicants must consult) are available below.

Applications should include a CV and a supporting statement explaining your suitability for the post. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be asked to submit a sample of written work (8,000 – 10,000 words) in advance of the interview, and will be requested to give a short presentation as part of the assessment process. Two references will be sought for shortlisted candidates.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 4 July 2018. Interviews are expected to be held in Oxford during week beginning 16 July 2018.

Closing Date: 04-JUL-2018 12:00

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