Research Fellow, The School of Arts, English and Languages

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 per annum
27 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
24 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date: 24/08/2020
Salary: £33,797 per annum
Job category/type: Research

Job description

Queen's University Belfast and the University of Kent are embarking upon a three-year project funded by the Leverhulme Trust to investigate the theory that London citizens created new programmes of religious education for both the City's clergy and for literate lay communities that have hitherto gone largely unnoticed by scholarship. The project aims to radically complicate understanding of fifteenth-century literary culture in London and beyond, and the team now seeks to appoint two Research Fellows to join them, one based at each University.

As Research Fellow you will complete codicological assessments of the project's manuscript corpus, preparing textual transcriptions for the research anthology, utilising a range of digital humanities tools and data, preparing your analysis for publication and disseminating findings in conference presentations. You will therefore need to demonstrate experience in codicological analysis and palaeographical skills in a range of C14-C15 book hands, as well as a keen desire to contribute to the research and intellectual culture of the university.

The Research Fellow based at Queen's will be responsible for producing diplomatic transcriptions of the project's textual corpus and undertake preparatory work on the anthology.

The Research Fellow based at Kent will work on the codicological assessment of the project's corpus with a view to identifying codices the project team believe were either produced or copied from exemplars originally held at the London Guildhall Library.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Have or be about to obtain a PhD in a relevant area of late medieval literary studies (e.g. late medieval English Studies, late medieval English religious History, medieval Book History).
  • 3 years relevant research experience to include: -
    • Experience of undertaking codicological analysis.
    • Knowledge of fourteenth and fifteenth century English religious literature and culture.
    • Experience in writing and publishing high quality academic publications.

This is a fixed term contract position and is available for three years.

For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information please contact Resourcing Team, Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email resourcing@qub.ac.uk.

If you are interested in working with our colleagues at Kent, please apply here.

The School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s boasts excellent, award-winning teaching and research. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment published in December 2014, English has maintained its place in the top 25 percent of research intensive Universities with 80 percent of our research deemed to be world leading or internationally excellent. Our cutting-edge facilities include the Brian Friel Theatre, the Film Studio; Queen’s Film Theatre, a television and radio broadcast studio; The Film Studio, recording studios, concert venues including the world-leading Sonic Lab and stereo and surround sound production studios.

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation and talent based on excellence. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines and with outside agencies and institutions on projects of world significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

We are a leader in gender equality and diversity, and are one of the UK’s most successful universities in the Athena SWAN initiative which promotes gender equality and career progression. We are ranked 1st in the UK for knowledge transfer partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability. 

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding. 

Informal enquiries may be directed to Stephen Kelly via email to s.p.kelly@qub.ac.uk.

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