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Junior Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Oxford - Faculty of Oriental Studies

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,817 to £40,322 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 3rd February 2020
Closes: 6th March 2020
Job Ref: 144669

Faculty of Oriental Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 p.a.

This is an exciting opportunity to join Professor Judith Schlanger (Principal Investigator) on the research project ‘The History of the Jewish Book in the Islamicate World’, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council/Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (AHRC/DFG). The project will provide a comprehensive study of the book cultures of Jewish minorities in Egypt and the Levant between the 9th and 13th centuries on the basis of a carefully selected substantial corpus of Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic manuscripts. The project is a collaboration between Oxford and the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (PI Professor Ronny Vollandt).

The Researcher will be responsible for implementing the project’s database “Sources and Materials for the Jewish Book History in the Islamicate World”, collaborating with the PI towards a Palaeographical guide to Oriental Hebrew script in describing manuscripts and analysing their script using the methods of traditional and digital palaeography, and contributing to the project’s publications.

You will implement and manage the database, preparing and recording data, and will participate in the preparation of the Palaeological guide; you will also edit the project’s website as required. You will assist the PI in organising travel to manuscript collections in the UK and overseas, and participate in project meetings in Oxford and Munich, travelling with the PI. You will author a journal article based on your research and participation in the project, presenting papers at conferences and similar, and otherwise representing the research group at external events. There will also be a need to liaise with other researchers and build relationships with other networks and institutions.

For this position you will need to hold (by the start of the position) a doctoral degree in a relevant subject, and show advanced knowledge of Hebrew coupled with good reading ability in Arabic.  Training in Hebrew codicology and palaeography is desirable but not essential. We are looking for someone with a background or strong interest in mediaeval Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic manuscripts, who can demonstrate experience in text-based research, and practical experience with databases and other digital research tools (experience of website design would be an advantage). You will be able to manage and undertake your own innovative academic research, and have experience of independent authoring of scholarly publications to high standards. We also expect the researcher to contribute ideas for further research, and show excellent written and presentational communication skills.

The position is based in central Oxford. This is a full-time role, for a fixed-term of 3 years.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 6 March 2020.

Closing Date: 06-MAR-2020 12:00

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