Lyell Career Development Fellow in Latin Palaeography

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

February 23, 2022


Lyell Career Development Fellow in Latin Palaeography

Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford and Weston Library,, Broad Street, Oxford 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 three years.

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 Languages.

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.

Other duties

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).

About you

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 manuscript sources.

Application Process

If you would like to discuss this role please contact Professor Julia Smith by email:

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 Contact Email :

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