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Oschinsky Research Associate (2024-2025)

University of Cambridge - University Library

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £39,347 per annum (pro-rata)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th December 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: VE39606

The Library Syndicate invites applications for the Oschinsky Research Associateship for the tenure of 1st October 2024 to 31st July 2025 in collaboration with Girton College.

The Oschinsky Research Associate will be free to pursue research of their choosing in any aspect of the University Library's collections relating to its medieval manuscripts or medieval archive collections, including their palaeography, diplomatic or codicology.

The Library's medieval collections include manuscripts in Arabic, Hebrew and other Middle Eastern languages as well as Latin and European vernaculars. The proposed research should be of benefit to scholars using the collections in the future.

The Fellow will also be expected to participate fully in the life and activities of the University Library, e.g. through participation in the Library's Research Institute and public engagement programme (comprising activities such as talks, seminars, displays, participation in social media, and other events). It is expected that a non-stipendiary fellowship at Girton College will be offered to the successful candidate.

The Fellowship is open to graduates in any discipline of any university and nationality. Applicants should hold a doctorate in a relevant field and the following criteria will be considered when evaluating applications:

  • Academic record of the candidate, taking into account the career stage of the applicant
  • Suitability of the research proposal within the fields of medieval manuscript or archival studies, including palaeography, diplomatic and codicology
  • Potential of the research proposal to be of benefit to future scholars using the collections of the University Library
  • Evidence of ability to contribute fully to the life and activities of the University Library and Girton College

The stipend will be £39,347 (pro-rata) for the 10-month fixed term fellowship until 31st July 2025.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr. Suzanne Paul, Keeper of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts (sp510@cam.ac.uk).

Please note you will need to upload a statement outlining your research proposal (a maximum of 2 A4 single-spaced pages) alongside your covering letter and CV, as well as completing the online application form. Please include details of three referees; references will only be taken up for shortlisted candidates.

The closing date for applications is 7th January 2024.

Interviews will be held online on 14th February 2024.

Please quote reference VE39606 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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