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Research Fellow - Post-Doctorate Researcher (Arabic Poetry in the Cairo Genizah: History of Literacy and Education)

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin - Department of Near Middle Eastern Studies

Location: Dublin - Ireland
Salary: €38,632 to €41,025 or £33,192.23 to £35,248.27 (converted salary*) per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th April 2021
Closes: 28th May 2021
Job Ref: 034931

Post status: Specific Purpose Contract (expected duration approximately 36 months), Full-time

Reports to: Principal Investigator

Hours of work: Full time – 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: 12 Noon (GMT), Friday, 28th May 2021

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit an email with:

  • Full Curriculum Vitae,
  • A covering letter outlining their experience relevant to the post,
  • Names and contact details of 2 referees (including email addresses), to: Rima Fitzpatrick, School Manager, Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies Email Address: 

Successful candidate will be expected to start September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. For international candidates, the postholder is expected to join the team at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Working remotely (overseas) is not possible.

Post Summary

The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies and Department of Near Middle Eastern Studies in Trinity College Dublin is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow (PostDoctorate Researcher) with experience in the history of literacy and education.

Successful candidate will work closely with the principal investigator and other team researchers on a European Research Council funded project ‘Arabic Poetry in the Cairo Genizah’ (APCG). One of the main aims of the project is to look at the history of Jews in the Middle East in medieval and pre-modern times from a new perspective. It aims at writing Jewish history through literature, with its focus on cultural and sociohistorical aspects at the time, and examining the role of Arabic poetry in shaping this history in particular. 

The post-doctoral scholar must be experienced in the field of Arabic language/literature and should have some familiarity with Jewish studies in general. Work and research experience in the field of Judaeo-Arabic is desirable.

Working alongside the other project team members, the post-holder will be responsible for describing, translating, researching, publicizing and publishing Arabic poetry manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah collections.

Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post

  • The principal work of the post holder will be to read, translate and analyse Arabic poetry manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah collections of Cambridge University Library and elsewhere, to produce research publications based on the manuscripts, and to take part in the project’s disseminating plan.
  • The post holder will be responsible for producing a monograph (shared authorship) based on the historical study of the Arabic poetry collection in the Cairo Genizah.

Person profile

Education & qualifications

  • PhD in a relevant field (e.g History, Medieval/Premodern Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic Literature).

Specialist knowledge & skills

  • Proven research skills in Arabic/Islamic Literary History, Arabic literature or Medieval/Premodern Islamic History are essential.
  • Research skills in medieval / premodern history and / or literature.
  • Knowledge of Arabic language and literature.
  • Ability to translate Arabic poetry into English.
  • Ability and ambition to produce single-authored publications that reflect both the subject and methodologies of the project.
  • Computer literacy / IT skills.


  • Experience working with texts from the Cairo Genizah would be an advantage.
  • Ability to read and translate manuscripts in Arabic and Judaeo-Arabic.
  • Knowledge of Jewish studies and Hebrew.
  • Experience in the field of Judaeo-Arabic research.
  • Experience in the reading/editing of manuscripts.
  • Knowledge of medieval codicology or palaeography.

Further Information

Informal enquiries about this post should be made to Dr. Mohamed Ahmed on 

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