Employment: Junior Research Fellowship in English Literature, University of Oxford

Closing date 29 November 2013

Junior Research Fellowship in English Literature,
University of Oxford.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

University College invites applications for a Junior Research Fellowship in any field of post-medieval literature in English, tenable for a period of three years from 1 September 2014.

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

The primary duty of the post is to carry out research. While the college is careful to protect the research time of its Junior Research Fellows, the Fellow will be offered a limited amount of teaching, in the interest of his or her career development.

The primary criterion for appointment to the Junior Research Fellowship 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 as established 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 (such as a Career Development Fellowship), or for those who obtained their doctorates more than two years prior to the application date.

The current stipend for a Junior Research Fellow not in receipt of another salary is £21,383 p.a. (at current levels). This sum will normally be reduced by the amount of salary support received from any other funding body or other source (other than payment for piecemeal teaching), with a minimum stipend payable by the college of £2,500 plus housing allowance. The Fellow will be offered free meals and free single accommodation in college if available, or a housing allowance in lieu (currently £5,054 p.a.). The total salary package is therefore £26,437, plus generous additional benefits. Fellows not living in college will be offered shared study space in college. The Fellow will also receive an academic allowance (currently £1,925), an entertainment allowance (currently £177), membership of USS, and private health insurance.

Selected candidates may be asked to submit a sample of their written work, which may be one or two published or submitted articles, or all or part of their thesis. Applicants should indicate on their application form what material they propose to submit, if invited for interview, but should not at this stage submit any written work.

Candidates should send their application form (to be downloaded from the college website at http://www.univ.ox.ac.uk) to Ms Sally Stubbs, Academic Services Manager, University College, Oxford OX1 4BH (fax: +44 (0)1865 276790; tel: +44 (0)1865 276951; email: recruitment@univ.ox.ac.uk) by 12.00 noon on Friday 29 November 2013. Applicants should arrange for three referees to send their references to the Academic Services Manager by the same date. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on Tuesday 21 January 2014 (subject to confirmation).

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.

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