Employment: Research Associate – Cult of Saints: Armenian and Georgian, Faculty of History, Oxford

Closing date 27th June 2014

Research Associate – Cult of Saints: Armenian and Georgian,
Faculty of History, Oxford.

OU 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 material in Armenian and Georgian. Given the exceptional character of the relationship between the Georgian and Armenian Churches in the period up to 700, where several centuries of communion are followed by a separation, we are seeking a candidate with knowledge of both Armenian and Georgian, and their related scholarly fields. She/He will be expected to produce a monograph on a major aspect of the cult of saints, focused on the Armenian and Georgian evidence. She/He will be required to represent the project and deliver papers at workshops, conferences, public events, and other meetings. She/He will hold a doctorate in a relevant field, have excellent knowledge of Classical Armenian and Old Georgian, and the historical context of late-antique Christianity, and an effective working knowledge of the necessary modern scholarly languages, including Armenian and Georgian. Knowledge of relevant ancient languages beyond Armenian and Georgian, 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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