Employment:Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Middle English, University of Stavanger

Closing date 9th June 9, 2013

Post-Doctoral Fellowship,
Middle English,
University of Stavanger.

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a three-year post-doctoral research fellowship in Middle English at the Faculty of  Arts and Education  in the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, beginning 1 September 2013.

The position is funded jointly by the Research Council of Norway and the University of  Stavanger, as part of the project ‘The Language and Geography of Middle English documentary texts’.  The project studies linguistic variation in English fifteenth-century local documents (legal and business documents, inventories, letters, etc.).  It will result in a Corpus of Middle English Local Documents (MELD) and two book volumes. The project group consists of 8-9 researchers, including colleagues in Glasgow and Helsinki.
The project forms part of a long-term research undertaking centred at Stavanger, the Middle English Scribal Texts Programme (MEST).

The aim of the position is to strengthen the research within this area and to give researchers with a relevant doctoral degree an opportunity for further qualification.

The appointee will work with a team of established researchers and pursue research that will both make an important contribution to the project and substantially boost her/his own research record. The fellow will take part in the collection of materials and in producing the corpus and database, and will co-author at least one of the main publications. The fellow will take the responsibility for a specific sub-corpus or other defined part of the project, chosen according to her/his research interests and the overall needs of the project.
The appointed fellow is expected to produce a detailed research plan in consultation with Professor Merja Stenroos, who will act as a mentor for her/him during the period of the fellowship. The fellow will be expected to travel to British archives and to work with original materials as well as digital images. It is also assumed that the fellow will attend conferences relevant to the field of the project and publish her/his own work in the form of conference presentations and articles.

Apart from such travels, (s)he will be based at the University of Stavanger. It is assumed that (s)he will work full time on the project and be an active participant in the research community in Stavanger.

The successful applicant must have a produced a doctoral thesis in a topic relevant to the concerns of the project. Applicants who have submitted a thesis will be considered, but cannot be appointed until the thesis has been successfully defended. The applicant should have a strong competence in English linguistics/philology, which must include a solid training in Middle English. (S)he must have some experience of reading and transcribing late medieval handwriting.  Experience of working with medieval legal documents will be considered a very strong advantage.

Other fields of competence that will be considered advantageous are: medieval manuscript studies; historical sociolinguistics; information technology, especially linguistic computing; Old Norse, medieval French and/or medieval Latin.  The candidate must have an excellent command of spoken and written English, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

The letter of application must include the following: an evaluation of the specific competence that the applicant would bring into the project, a statement of the applicant’s main research interests in the area of the project and a description of how the fellowship will help the applicant build up her/his academic competence.

The applications will be assessed by an expert committee in relation to the applicants’ academic competence and its relevance for the project.  The assessment will place particular weight on relevant research experience. In addition, shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview. The final decision will be based on the assessment of the expert committee as well as an assessment of the applicants’ personal suitability for the position.

The position is salaried according to the State Salary Code, l.pl 17.510, code 1352, ltr 58 – 69, of NOK 481.900 – 590.000  per annum. In special cases higher salaries may apply.

The position provides for automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which guarantees favourable retirement benefits. Members may also apply for home investment loans at favourable interest rates.

Further information may be obtained from Professor Merja Stenroos, telephone 51 83 13 65, e-mail merja.stenroos@uis.no.

Information about the appointment process may be obtained from Human Resources consultant Ellen Nordvik, tel. 51 83 35 25, email: ellen.nordvik@uis.no.

The application must contain the following documents and material and be submitted in three copies:

• A letter of application, including an evaluation of the specific competence that the applicant would bring into the project, and a statement of the applicant’s main research interests in the area of the project( 2-4pages in total).
• CV
• the form “Utvidet søkerskjema”
• certificates/diplomas
• list of publications
• up to 5 publications
• PhD thesis or a link to an electronic version
• other documentation that the applicant considers relevant, if any

All materials that the candidate wishes to be taken into consideration must be included with the application, except for documentation of a successful doctoral defence, which may be forwarded at any stage of the process.

The application should be addressed to:
University of Stavanger
Faculty of Arts and Education
N-4036 Stavanger

The application should be marked st.id 30050424.

Closing date for applications is June 9, 2013.

Further details available on the website.


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