Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th May 2020
Closes: 10th June 2020
Job Ref: 96027
Location – Birmingham, UK
Fixed term for 1 year from Sept 2020 to Aug 2021
Grade 7, Salary is fixed at £30,942
Closing date – 10/6/20
The AHRC-funded project, ‘Group Identity and the Early Medieval Riddle Tradition’, seeks a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with proficiency in Latin language/translation and a doctoral degree in a related field (such as English, History, Medieval Studies, Classical Studies, etc.).
The post-holder will join Principal Investigator Dr Megan Cavell at the University of Birmingham and Co-Investigator Dr Jennifer Neville from Royal Holloway, University of London. The project is focused on the Old English and Latin riddle tradition of early medieval England, as well as its global links and contexts. It explores group identity by examining: networks of riddlers working in England and further afield, performances of identity within the riddles themselves, the ways in which scholarship has replicated the riddle tradition’s policing of group identity, and contemporary engagements with the riddles, specifically in relation to museum/heritage activities and education. We are committed to making this research and the riddles themselves as accessible as possible, and so the development of a website – with riddle texts, translations, commentaries, bibliographies and interactive content – is a crucial part of the project.
The PDRA’s time will be split equally between project responsibilities and their own independent research. Project responsibilities will include: translating Latin riddles and providing public-facing commentaries of their notable literary, thematic and cultural features, disseminating this and other content on the project website, and co-organising a project symposium. Independent research time will be spent working toward the publication of a relevant, peer-reviewed journal article that draws on the PDRA’s own research interests.
Candidates must possess excellent communication, organisational and computer/digital skills, as well as an interest in public engagement. Familiarity with Old English and/or the history of early medieval England is desirable but not essential.
· Translating Latin riddles and providing public-facing commentaries of their notable literary, thematic and cultural features.
· Disseminating translations, commentaries and other content on the project website.
· Carrying out independent research leading to a peer-reviewed journal article in an area relevant to the project.
· Co-organising a project symposium.
· Presenting research at conferences and symposia.
· Attending regular meetings with the PI and Co-I
The successful candidate will have:
A doctoral degree (or near completion) relevant to medieval Latin language, literature and culture (such as Latin, English, History, Medieval Studies, Classical Studies, etc.).
· A proficiency in Latin language and translation.
· A developing research profile, appropriate to their career stage, in an area relevant to the project.
· Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
· Excellent organisational and time management skills.
· Excellent computer and digital media skills.
· Familiarity with Old English and/or the history of early medieval England.
· Previous experience of academic event organisation.
· Publications in a related area.
· Previous experience of public engagement. Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Megan Cavell at: email@example.com
Online interviews will be held at the end of June 2020
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