As the consequence of a large European Research Council grant being awarded to Dr Bryan Ward-Perkins and colleagues for a project entitled ‘The Cult of Saints: a christendom-wide study of its origins, spread and development’, we will be employing six postdoctoral researchers in this field. We are currently advertising for two postdoctoral research associates, one with specialisation in Syriac and one in Greek. I include summary details below of the post in Syriac, which will be for four and a half years.
The deadline for applications is mid-day UK time on Monday 3 March 2014 .
Further information on both posts can be found here: http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/faculty/vacancies.html
Please do forward this to anyone who might be interested.
Research Associate, Cult of Saints project: Syriac
Salary: £29,837 – £31,664 p.a.
Fixed-term for four and a half years
Oxford vacancy reference: 111754
We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher from 1 April 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter to work on the project ‘The Cult of Saints: a christendom-wide study of its origins, spread and development’, directed by Dr Bryan Ward-Perkins and funded by a €2.3 million ERC Advanced Grant (2014-18). The project will investigate the origins and development of the cult of Christian saints, gathering all the evidence that is available on the cult, from its origins until around AD 700, across all the languages of early Christianity that have left evidence from this period (Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, Georgian, Greek and Latin). The project will employ six postdoctoral researchers in producing a series of monographs and a freely-available searchable database of the evidence for the cult of saints, with English translations of texts and full reference to relevant scholarly work. During the project, two workshops will be held with expert scholars from across Europe, in particular to test the effectiveness of the nascent database, and a major international conference will take place.
The appointee will have responsibility for collecting and researching all the material in Syriac, and will also produce a sole-authored monograph on some major aspect of the cult of the saints among the Syriac-using churches. S/he will liaise closely with Dr David Taylor of the Oriental Studies Faculty, Oxford. The appointee will be required to represent the project and deliver papers at team workshops, external workshops, conferences, public events, and other meetings. The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in a relevant field, have excellent knowledge of Syriac and the historical context of late-antique Christianity, and an effective working knowledge of the necessary modern scholarly languages. Knowledge of relevant ancient languages beyond Syriac, experience of working with hagiographical material and experience of working with databases would be desirable.
Only applications received before mid-day UK time on Monday 3 March 2014 can be considered. Interviews are expected to be held during early March. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your application.