Postdoc Position in the Field of Irish Studies

Brno, Czech Republic
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 29 February 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Deadline: 29 Feb 2020
Start date: September 2020

Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic invites excellent scientists to apply for a POSTDOC POSITION in the field of Irish Studies


The Department of English and American Studies of the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno is seeking qualified candidates for a two-year postdoctoral position in Irish Studies. The research focus of the department is on the traditional fields of the English language and the literature and culture of the English-speaking countries, especially Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia. Research in Irish Studies has so far been represented rather marginally. In recent years, Ireland has drawn a lot of attention owing to the popularity of some Irish female authors and in connection with the controversy concerning the relations and the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit. The postdoc is expected to carry out research strengthening the position of Irish Studies at the Department. The postdoc will work under the supervision of an experienced mentor, an expert on literatures and cultures of English-speaking countries.

The successful candidate should:

  • be a researcher who has received a PhD or its equivalent within the last 7 years (on the date
    of employment commencing)
  • be a researcher who has worked at least two whole years in the last three years outside the territory
    of the Czech Republic in the field of research with a working time of at least 0.5 full-time equivalent, or who has been a PhD student (or equivalent) abroad
  • have a publishing record – in the last three years at least two publication outputs registered in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science, Scopus or ERIH PLUS databases and at the same time publications such as “articles”, “books”, “book chapters”, “letters” and “reviews”
  • have experience in the field of Irish Studies, especially Irish literature and culture of the 20th and 21st centuries (advantage: publications about Samuel Becket and other Irish authors of these periods)
  • have experience in the field of Digital Humanities
  • have experience with research projects (an advantage)
  • have excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate with multiple teams
  • have a potential for further academic growth and development
  • be ready to learn the basics of the Czech language – an elementary (or more advanced) knowledge
    of Czech is an advantage

The application should include:

  • CV including a summary of education and research experience, publication activity, participation in research projects, and further information proving the above mentioned
  • a scanned copy of the PhD diploma or an official letter certifying submission of a doctoral thesis for thesis defence and the planned defence date
  • Cover Letter
  • contact information for at least two referees

MU offers the opportunity to get:

  • an interesting job in a dynamically-expanding university
  • diverse and challenging work in an excellent research environment
  • guaranteed position for the period of two years with a possibility of extension
  • a professional team and pleasant working conditions
  • interaction with leading scientists in an inspiring, internationalised environment
  • a welcoming service for the successful candidate and his/her family

Anticipated start date: September 2020 (exact date negotiable)

Application deadline: 29 February 2020 

Review of applications will commence immediately after the deadline. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview within one month of the deadline.

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Please submit your application electronically via e-Application. Informal enquiries can be sent by e-mail to:

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