Lyell Career Development Fellow in Latin Palaeography
Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford and Weston Library,, Broad Street,
Grade 7.1-7.3: £33,309 - £35,326 per annum
About the role
Applications are invited for the Lyell Career Development Fellowship in Latin
Palaeography which is co-funded by the History Faculty, the Humanities
Division, and the Lyell benefaction.
The position is full-time and will be held for 3 years (subject to the
completion of a probationary period). The purpose of post is specifically to
provide a time-limited period of career development for those embarking on an
academic career, looking to develop their skills and experience in working
with medieval manuscripts and documents, primarily in Latin. There is no
expectation that the post will be extended beyond the advertised period of
The Lyell Fellow will be expected to use the period of the Fellowship to
develop an international research and teaching profile in medieval Latin
palaeography. Lincoln College is also expecting to elect the Lyell Fellow to a
non-stipendiary Fellowship for the duration of the post.
The Lyell Fellow will carry out research in the palaeography of European Latin
manuscripts in the medieval period, focusing at least in part on manuscripts
in the collections of the Bodleian Libraries.
Where appropriate the fellow will play a part in the activities of Lincoln
Unlocked, an academic and research centre which has been established to
support and encourage the study of historic collections.
The Lyell Fellow will take primary responsibility for manuscript-related
teaching to graduate students mainly in History and Medieval Studies, but also
on occasion in Classics, Theology and Religion, and Medieval and Modern
They will teach palaeography classes (including reading skills, the history
of script, codicology, and some diplomatic) to graduate students and
undertake marking, assessing, and examining work as required. The teaching of
palaeography takes place in the Weston's seminar rooms and can make use of the
Bodleian's manuscript collections and the Library's digital resources.
In addition to contributing classes and supervisions to the Medieval History
strand of the MSt in History, and the MSt in Medieval Studies, the fellow will
be expected to advise masters and doctoral students as requested on the
palaeographical aspects of their coursework or dissertation studies.
The Lyell Fellow will also have the opportunity to assist where appropriate
with the activities of the Faculty and the Bodleian Libraries in support of
the public engagement with research. They will also participate in the work
and activities of the Joint Standing Committee for Palaeography.
The fellow will be mentored by Chichele Professor of Medieval History, Faculty
of History, Professor Julia Smith.
As a member of the Faculty of History, the fellow will be entitled to
participate in the full range of the Faculty's activities, including applying
for research funding (up to £400 per annum). Other sources of research
funding within the University include the John Fell Research Fund (for small
awards up to £10,000).
As someone who has a high standard of personal organisation and administrative
competence, the successful candidate will hold, or be close to completion of
(i.e. already submitted), a doctorate in a relevant subject, or have
equivalent academic achievement. They will have a high standard of spoken and
written English and reading knowledge of one or more modern European languages
other than English. An excellent command of classical and medieval Latin is
essential as is wide-ranging expertise and interest in the field of medieval
palaeography and related manuscript and textual studies.
The appointee will have the ability to carry out and publish palaeographical
research of the highest quality, with a research and publication plan focused
at least in part on manuscripts in the Bodleian and other Oxford collections.
The fellow will be expected to produce at least one high-quality publication
in a leading peer-reviewed journal (or equivalent) in time for REF2028.
Experience of the effective teaching of palaeography, and an aptitude and
desire to continue to develop personal teaching skills is also essential and
the fellow must show commitment to the highest standard of training for
graduate students to enable them to undertake research using primary
If you would like to discuss this role please contact Professor Julia Smith by
You will be required to complete a supporting statement, setting out how you
meet the selection criteria and provide the names and contact details of two
referees as part of your online application.
Only applications received before noon 23rd February 2022 can be considered.
To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now' button below.
Interviews will be held early March.
Committed to equality and valuing diversity
Contact Person : Professor Julia Smith Vacancy ID : 154565
Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 23-Feb-2022 12:00
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