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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ancient Greek Literature

Durham University - Department of Classics and Ancient History

Location: Durham
Salary: £35,333 to £42,155
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th November 2022
Closes: 4th January 2023
Job Ref: 22001919

The Durham Department of Classics & Ancient History is a large and successful department. We consistently rank as one of the top Classics and Ancient History Departments in the UK for research and teaching.

The Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University invites applications for a five-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant position in Ancient Greek Literature, with a particular focus on the writings of Aristotle. The post is funded by UKRI as part of the PI’s project Aristoteles Pezographos: Investigating the Style and Language of Aristotle.

The post-holder will specialize in and report to the Principal Investigator, Professor Edith Hall, in bi-weekly meetings.

Essential requirements for the post include a PhD in a classical subject relevant to this project. The ideal candidate would have experience in close analysis of classical Greek texts of the fifth to fourth centuries BCE.

Although dedicated training in appropriate methodologies will be given, high motivation and organisational skills are essential.

The post-holder will collaborate with the PI and the other team researchers, Professor Phil Horky and Dr Alessandro Vatri, on a close reading of the extant treatises and fragments of Aristotle which will emphasise his writing styles, sentence structures, vocabulary, imagery, rhetorical tropes and contribution to the evolution of philosophical Greek.

The post-holder will write a monograph on an agreed topic within the remit of the research project, which aims to identify and analyse the key constituents of Aristotle’s style and language in relation to his philosophical argumentation. In addition, the post-holder will write a paper for delivery at the project’s closing conference and inclusion in the published proceedings

The post-holder will also help organize and host virtual workshops and the conference. They will contribute to the design and maintenance of the project’s website; competence in IT would be an advantage.

The post-holder will be a member of the Department of Classics and Ancient History, the Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy.

This post is fixed term for 60 months. The funding from is available from 1 September 2023 for this fixed period only; the project is time limited and will end on 31 August 2028.

The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project which will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by 1st September 2023.

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