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Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow)

English and Related Literature
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,604-32,548 per year
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Role Description

Jointly based at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU in Odense) and the University of York, the Centre for Medieval Literature (CML) is a centre of excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The Centre seeks to make three postdoctoral appointments: two at York and one at SDU (to apply for the SDU post:

The Centre takes an integrated European approach to the study of medieval literature and welcomes applications from those working on the literary cultures of medieval Europe, and the wider world of which it was a part, from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean to the Middle East. Research projects will fall within the three main research areas of CML: ‘Canon and Library’, ‘Imperial Languages’, and ‘Transformations and Translocations’ and will normally result in the publication of a monograph or a series of articles in edited collections and international peer-reviewed journals.

As a postdoctoral fellow, you will develop, publish and disseminate your independent research. You will contribute to collaborative research projects and network building under the supervision of senior colleagues. You will be involved in the organisation and administration of the CML, in areas including conferences, the journal, the website and funding applications. You may have opportunity to assist in undergraduate teaching in your own area of expertise.

You will hold a PhD in a relevant area of Medieval Studies and have knowledge of medieval textual culture in at least two of the languages of medieval Europe. Your area of research expertise will complement and enhance the CML’s research strategy and range. Specialism in medieval European literature outside of England is desirable. We are seeking to make one of the three appointments (at SDU and York) in the area of Slavonic and/or Central European Literatures. As English is the main language of the CML, you will have excellent spoken and written English. You will be committed to collaboration which unites scholarship across disciplines and languages and to creating a shared research environment by being based in York and spending time in SDU.

Your application should take the form of a research proposal which:

  • includes the research topic which you would pursue as a postdoctoral fellow in the CML
  • addresses how the research topic fits into one or more of the three research strands of CML (‘Canon and Library’, ‘Imperial Languages’ and ‘Transformations and Translocations’)
  • includes a statement about your potential contributions to the teamwork that is essential to CML.

The proposal should be no more than 1000 words. You will also be asked to provide between 1 and 3 pieces of written work.

Informal inquiries can be made to Professor Elizabeth Tyler:

These posts are full-time, fixed-term for 2 years 11 months. Salary is in the range of £31,604-£32,548 per year.

Closing date: 03 April 2018

Interview date: 6 & 7 June 2018

Vacancy reference: 6423

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