Research Associate, Arabic Books and Astronomy

Oxford, (GB)
University’s Grade 7, with a range from £32,817 - £40,322 p.a
Friday, 17 January 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 16 February 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time



St John’s College, Oxford, invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in “Arabic Books and Astronomy in Seventeenth-Century Oxford”, a research project awarded to Professor Julia Bray (A.S. AlBabtain-Laudian Professor of Arabic) that will run until 31 December 2020.

The appointment is available to start as soon as possible, and will be made at the University’s Grade 7, with a range from £32,817 - £40,322 p.a.

Seventeenth-century Oxford was a centre of both Arabic learning and astronomy, and several Oxford astronomers learned Arabic in order to further their scientific studies. They annotated, in English, Latin and Arabic, Arabic manuscripts and printed books that remain in Oxford libraries, notably St John’s College Library and the Bodleian. The project will locate a selection of the annotated works, and record, transcribe, translate and interpret the annotations. A Latin and an Arabic linguist will provide transcriptions and basic translations. The duties of the Research Associate includes interpreting the annotations, relating them to their immediate and wider contexts, and cataloguing them.  More information about the project can be found in the Further Particulars.

You should have a doctoral degree (or be close to completion) in a relevant area of the history of Islamic mathematics and astronomy, preferably with a command of Arabic script, possess the ability to work accurately and independently in the framework of the research project, including proven ability to meet targets within a timetable, together with the ability to communicate academic research to a broader audience and interest in building bridges between disciplines.

The closing date for receipt of applications is noon on 17 February 2020.

Further particulars for the post, including information about the application procedure, can be found on the College’s website at

St John’s College is an equal opportunities employer.