Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Editing the Wycliffite Old Testament Lectionary

University of Oxford - Faculty of English Language and Literature

Funded by the John Fell Fund and Ludwig Humanities Research Fund, New College, Oxford, the individual will work under the direction of Dr Elizabeth Solopova on a project entitled ‘Editing the Wycliffite Old Testament Lectionary’. The aim of the project is to study and produce an edition of the Wycliffite Old Testament Lectionary (OTL). The OTL, so far almost entirely unexplored, is likely to be vitally important in understanding the textual tradition of the Wycliffite Bible and illuminating the organisation, methods and motivation behind this major 14th-century scholarly and literary enterprise.

The Research Assistant employed on the project will produce an edition of two versions of OTL based on manuscripts currently in Oxford and London. The postholder will make observations on the Lectionary’s affiliations, language, manuscript presentation and likely contemporary use. The postholder will collaborate with the scholars working on the AHRC-funded project ‘Towards a New Edition of the Wycliffite Bible’ currently underway in the English Faculty, benefitting from their expertise, resources and advice.

The Research Assistant will be expected to travel to libraries and present the results of research at UK and international conferences. The RA will be a member of the English Faculty and will receive the support of a Faculty mentor.

Applicants should possess a postgraduate qualification (preferably a PhD) in Middle English language or literature or a related field, or be close to completing such a qualification. They should also possess: experience of work with Middle English manuscripts, including accurate transcription; some knowledge of Latin; the ability to work flexibly, and in a team; willingness to participate in the overall running of the project; 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; and excellent computer skills.             

This full-time post is offered from 1 September 2017 (or as soon as possible after this date), for a fixed-term of 12 months.

Applications (which should include a CV and a supporting statement explaining your suitability for the post) should be made online by 12.00 noon on 26 May 2017. In addition, applicants should request two referees to send supporting letters by this date to: english.office@ell.ox.ac.uk. Interviews will be held in Oxford on 13 June 2017. 

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