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Postdoctoral Opportunities in the Humanities 2017-2018

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Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs) are one of the central elements of humanities research in the collegiate university of Oxford, and have long provided invaluable opportunities for early career academics to undertake a post-doctoral research project. Below is a list of the Colleges offering Fellowships, with links to the details and application procedures for each post.

These posts are primarily research posts. Some carry limited teaching duties, but they provide an exciting opportunity to concentrate on your research while developing your scholarly career beyond your doctoral study. JRFs are prestigious posts, and many holders of such Fellowships have gone on to successful careers at top universities.

You must be at an early stage of your academic career, and be ready to embark on an independent research project. A competitive remuneration package and associated benefits are available for each Fellowship. Candidates are normally expected to have submitted their doctoral thesis before taking up the post, but at the moment of application can be doctoral students.

Application details: Please check the eligibility requirements of each Fellowship before making your application. Details about how to apply are available on the college websites through the links below. Applicants requiring visas will need to meet the relevant UKVI rules. The Colleges of the University of Oxford are equal-opportunities employers. Applications are particularly welcome from minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Postdoctoral opportunities will be updated when details become available, with new posts added when they are advertised by colleges. Please keep checking this page for updates throughout the 2017/18 academic year.

Lady Wallis Budge Junior Research Fellowship in Egyptology, University College Oxford

University College invites applications for a Lady Wallis Budge Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in Egyptology, tenable for three years from 1 October 2018. 

JRFs are intended to provide opportunities for outstanding academics at the beginning of their careers.  Univ has at any time between 8 and 10 JRFs in any of the subjects in which it has Fellows and Lecturers.  JRFs play an important part in the intellectual and social lives of the College.

Further details about University College, including the research of current Fellows, are available from our website at http://www.univ.ox.ac.uk. 

The primary duty of the post is to carry out research, but most JRFs offer a limited amount of teaching for the College or their Faculty, in the interests of their career development.  Any such piecemeal teaching must be agreed by the College and will be remunerated separately.

The primary criterion for appointment to the JRF will be research excellence.  Candidates must: (1) have a strong educational record; (2) be approaching the end of their doctoral research or have recently completed their doctorates; (3) have research expertise demonstrated by publications, or demonstrate promise of such achievement; and (4) have a coherent plan of research for the duration of the fellowship.  The potential to become an effective teacher will be a secondary consideration.

Candidates must be confident that they will have obtained their doctorates by the start of their appointment.  Conversely, this position is not intended for those who have already held another stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship or equivalent or for those who obtained their doctorates more than two years prior to the application date (except in special circumstances).

The current stipend for a Junior Research Fellow not in receipt of other emoluments is £24,983 per annum, which would be reduced by the amount of salary support received from any other source, with a minimum stipend of £2,500 plus housing allowance.  Free meals and free accommodation for the JRF in College, ordinarily a one bedroom flat, will be offered if available, or a housing allowance in lieu (£5,421 pa).  The total salary package is therefore £30,404, plus generous additional benefits, including an academic allowance (£2,222), an entertainment allowance (£186), membership of USS, and private health insurance.

Selected candidates may be asked to submit written work, which may be one or two published or submitted articles, or a chapter from their thesis.  Applicants should indicate on their application form what material they propose to submit, but should not at this stage submit any written work.

Application forms (downloadable from the College website http://www.univ.ox.ac.uk) should be sent to the Academic Services Manager, University College, Oxford OX1 4BH; email: recruitment@univ.ox.ac.uk, by 12 noon (UK time) on Monday 8 January 2018.  Applicants should arrange for three referees to send their references to the Academic Services Manager by the same date.  Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to be held on Thursday 1 February 2018 (to be confirmed).

University College is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

 

Stevenson Junior Research Fellowship in Literature in English, University College Oxford

University College invites applications for a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in any field of literature in English, tenable for three years from 1 October 2018. 

JRFs are intended to provide opportunities for outstanding academics at the beginning of their careers. Univ has at any time between 8 and 10 JRFs in any of the subjects in which it has Fellows and Lecturers. JRFs play an important part in the intellectual and social lives of the College.
Further details about University College, including the research of current Fellows, are available from the website at http://www.univ.ox.ac.uk. 

The primary duty of the post is to carry out research, but most JRFs offer a limited amount of teaching for the College, in the interest of their career development.  Any such piecemeal teaching will be remunerated separately.

The primary criterion for appointment to the JRF will be research excellence. Candidates must: (1) have a strong educational record; (2) be approaching the end of their doctoral research or have recently completed their doctorates; (3) have research expertise demonstrated by publications, or demonstrate promise of such achievement; and (4) have a coherent plan of research for the duration of the fellowship. The potential to become an effective teacher will be a secondary consideration.

Candidates must be confident that they will have obtained their doctorates by the start of their appointment. Conversely, this position is not intended for those who have already held another stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship or equivalent or for those who obtained their doctorates more than two years prior to the application date (except in special circumstances).

The current stipend for a Junior Research Fellow not in receipt of other emoluments is £24,983 per annum, which would be reduced by the amount of salary support received from any other source, with a minimum stipend of £2,500 plus housing allowance. Free meals and free accommodation for the JRF in College, ordinarily a one bedroom flat, will be offered if available, or a housing allowance in lieu (£5,421 pa). The total salary package is therefore £30,404, plus generous additional benefits, including an academic allowance (£2,222), an entertainment allowance (£186), membership of USS, and private health insurance.

Selected candidates may be asked to submit written work, which may be one or two published or submitted articles, or a chapter from their thesis.  Applicants should indicate on their application form what material they propose to submit, but should not at this stage submit any written work.

Application forms (downloadable from the College website http://www.univ.ox.ac.uk) should be sent to the Academic Services Manager, University College, Oxford OX1 4BH; email: recruitment@univ.ox.ac.uk, by 12 noon (UK time) on Monday 15 January 2018. Applicants should arrange for three referees to send their references to the Academic Services Manager by the same date. Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to be held on Friday 23 February 2018 (to be confirmed).

University College is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

 

Asoke Kumar Sarkar Research Fellowship in Classical Indology

Location: Balliol College, Oxford, OX1 3BJ

Contract type: Fixed term for three years

Closing date: Friday 19 January

Salary: Grade 6 of the Oxford salary scale, starting at stage 4, rising to stage 6 (currently £30,688 to £32,548)

Balliol College proposes to elect a three-year fixed-term Research Fellow in Classical Indology. The position is available from 1 October 2018. Research experience and proposed research may be in any area of Classical Indology.

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