NEWS UPDATE: JOB & POSTDOC INFORMATION SOURCES

Bookmark this if you are a current PhD student nearing completion and the viva, or a recent PhD and/or junior university staff (a.k.a. faculty) on the search for jobs!!!

JO’B is no longer systematically and comprehensively updating FMRSI new site content such as this; while the other co-ordinators may do some such posting of new information from time to time.

JO’B did, however, worry on readers’ behalf, as she has just seen the start of the main wave of advertisements for Cambridge Junior Research Fellowships for 2010-11:

The Cambridge University Reporter for 5 August 2009

So in this interrim period, the following may be useful; this is more or less (word of mouth and personal contacts aside) what JO’B has been using for the last few years in her own job searches, and for obtaining information for posting on the FMRSI.

FIRST, SOME WORDS OF WARNING

  • Be prepared to read and filter A LOT. This will include
    • subscribing to listserves, reading each emailed update from them carefully and attentively, right to its very end
      and
    • “stalking” university websites in Ireland and the UK, and often also elsewhere in Europe (this is not necessary in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.S.).
  • Unfortunately, there’s still a tendency for many Irish universities to advertise in the Irish Times, although increasingly also on their own institutional websites. Not often in the usual professional (worldwide) venues.
  • The same may often go for JRFs at Oxford and Cambridge.
    Information may first be posted on college websites only – and sometimes only posted there until very close to application deadlines.
    It will usually also appear in the Cambridge Reporter and (often slightly later) on Jobs.ac.uk.
  • Not worth doing: signing up for job updates from The Irish Times, The Guardian, etc.: nth-rate compared to actual academic sites, save yourself the trouble.

ONE: JO’B’s principal sources (see TWO below for full list):

Keep an eye on these, particularly for deadlines, being the main funding bodies for Irish students and early-career academics desirous of staying on these shores or within the Archipelago:

TWO: JO’B’s usual sources (see also the EMPLOYMENT PAGE)

  • The American Historical Association (AHA): its annual meeting is the largest annual gathering of historians in North America, and includes the main international job market (including major European universities). The Association provides a clearinghouse for information on history careers, compiles directories of historians and historical programs, publishes pamphlets on professional issues, sponsors four small grant-in-aid programs, and cosponsors two fellowship competitions.
  • AHRC: Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK)
  • The American Philological Association (APA, the principal learned society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures, and civilizations): resources on their site include information for job-seekers – their Annual Meeting is also the main international job market (including major European universities) in Classical litt. hum., extending up to the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
  • The Cambridge Reporter: Weekly; often the first place of publication for news, very often the first place for job and JRF advertisements; usually beats Jobs.ac.uk by between a few days and a couple of weeks. Some job info will be in NOTICES and VACANCIES, APPOINTMENTS, ETC.; much will be further down in End of the Official Part of the ‘Reporter’ – COLLEGE NOTICES and OXFORD NOTICES.
    Subscribe for the online edition (free, link sent to you by email) here.
  • The Chronicle for Higher Education (US-based; international academic job market and general academic matters): one may search for jobs, post up one’s C.V. and cover letter(s), and create a custom search agent to receive email updates of new job postings; articles and a discussion forum are also available (though needs much filtering by the reader).
  • The College Art Association supports all practitioners and interpreters of visual art and culture, including artists and scholars, who join together to cultivate the ongoing understanding of art as a fundamental form of human expression. Representing its members’ professional needs, CAA is committed to the highest professional and ethical standards of scholarship, creativity, connoisseurship, criticism, and teaching. Excellent website for job listings, support and advocacy,  and the splendid CAA News.
  • Digital Medievalist (international web-based Community of Practice for medievalists working with digital media): some jobs are listed in the “News” section. <dm-l> is the Digital Medievalist electronic mailing list (requires filtering by the reader).
  • Fabula, la recherche en littérature (the main site for French and Francophone linguistic and literary academic matters worldwide): maintains a webpage of job listings and postgraduate and postdoctoral funding opportunities.
    One may also sign up for their email newsletter (for all news, NB, so it will require filtering …).
  • Francofil is the main UK listserve for French and Francophone matters, including job announcements (not just UK).
    One may search the archives and subscribe to the list to receive updates.
  • H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online (link to Academic Announcements); it is well worth subscribing to as many threads as possible – at least announcements; H-TLH (Teaching and Learning History) and H-Memory might also be of interest.
    The subscribable listserve is free.
  • IRCHSS: Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Jobs.ac.uk (academic jobs in the UK and abroad – one of the main sites for the advertisement of all academic jobs worldwide): one may also search for jobs on this site.
    Or subscribe to Jobs by Email for vacancies in universities, FE colleges, research institutions, commercial & public sector bodies, schools & charities.
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • MHRA: Modern Humanities Research Association (UK)
  • The Modern Language Association (MLA; US-based; the main international organization for the literary humanities – English, all foreign languages, and comparative literature): the Job Information List comes out every Friday, and may be subscribed to and then searched; the MLA Annual Convention is – besides being the biggest conference of its kind worldwide – the principal international job market (including major European universities).
    The big issues of the Job Information List appear from about 15 October – 15 November (for posts that will have interviews at the December MLA Convention); there is a second big wave around 1 March – 15 April.
    Institutional subscription – if not available at your home institution, can usually be consulted via another larger university library’s online resources.


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