Employment: Research Associate – Cult of Saints: Coptic, Faculty of History, Oxford

Closing date 27th June 2014

Research Associate – Cult of Saints: Coptic,
Faculty of History, Oxford.

We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher from 1 October 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter for the project ‘The Cult of Saints: a Christendom-wide study of its origins, spread and development’, directed by Dr Bryan Ward-Perkins and funded by a €2.3m ERC Advanced Grant (2014-18). The project will investigate the origins and development of the cult of Christian saints, gathering all the evidence that is available on the cult, from its origins until around AD 700, across all the languages of early Christianity that have left evidence from this period (Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, Georgian, Greek and Latin).

The appointee will have responsibility for collecting and researching relevant source material in Coptic, including the evidence from the papyri. S/he will be expected to produce a monograph on a subject pertaining to the cult of the saints in Egypt. S/he will be required to represent the project and deliver papers at workshops, conferences, public events, and other meetings. S/he will hold a doctorate in a relevant field, have excellent knowledge of Coptic and the historical context of late-antique Christianity, and an effective working knowledge of the necessary modern scholarly languages. Knowledge of relevant ancient languages beyond Coptic (in particular the capacity to work with Greek papyri), experience of working with hagiographical material and experience of working with databases would be desirable.

Only applications received before 12.00 noon on Friday 27 June 2014 can be considered. Interviews are expected to be held on 15 July 2014. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your application.

Application details available here.

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