The European Research Council funded project

The Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture

Based at CRASSH and in collaboration with the Faculty of Classics

CRASSH (The Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), in collaboration with the Classics Faculty of the University, and with funding provided by the European Research Council, is sponsoring a project entitled The Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture. The team will consist of six postdoctoral fellows, appointed in open competition, to work independently and in collaboration with each other and the directors of the project. The directors of the project are:

Professor Simon Goldhill, Professor of Greek, Director of CRASSH (PI)
Professor James Secord, Professor of History of Science, Director Darwin Project
Professor Janet Soskice, Faculty of Divinity
Mr Scott Mandelbrote, Faculty of History
Dr Michael Ledger-Lomas, Faculty of History
Dr Jeremy Morris, King’s College, Cambridge.

Applications are encouraged with regard to any relevant field including history, art history, classics, literary studies, Jewish studies, history of archaeology, history of education, cultural history, history of scholarship, theology, history of biblical interpretation, philosophy, history of science, Egyptology, Assyriology.

Applicants are asked to submit a proposal on any relevant aspect of the five major themes of the project: the bible in and as history; the bible in and as fiction; the bible and its institutions; the material bible; archaeology and the bible.  The proposal should be no more than 1,200 words and must indicate the work the candidate intends to complete during the fellowship and how this work is integrally related to one or more of the themes of the project. Candidates whose proposal does not do this will not be considered. Proposals may be from within any single disciplinary field or may combine fields or may be interdisciplinary, but the candidate should also indicate how such a proposal relates to the wider themes of the project.

<>As well as completing the proposed research project, fellows will be expected to help develop, organize and contribute to further collaborative and interdisciplinary research on the themes of the project; help develop, organize and participate in the group’s weekly reading group, termly seminars and colloquia, and yearly conferences; and help select, invite and organize the visits of termly visiting professors.

All fellows will be based in the Alison Richard Building, where CRASSH is housed. Fellows may apply for research expenses of up to £750 per annum.  Each fellow will have a mentor chosen from the directors and will be encouraged to apply for a college fellowship.

Person Specification
Successful applicants will have a strong academic record and be willing and capable of working in a collaborative team and in an interdisciplinary manner.  Applicants must demonstrate that they possess:

  • A good first degree and a PhD in a relevant field of research (either in terms of period or subject). The PhD must have already been awarded by the application deadline (2 April 2012).  There is, however, no age limit or limit to years of research completed;
  • Evidence of ability to engage in high-level research in an interdisciplinary context, with publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career;
  • Evidence of ability and or aptitude for organising and participating in collaborative research initiatives/projects;

Terms and conditions of employment
Appointment will be made for four years and 9 months from 1 September 2012 and is non-renewable. The pensionable scale of stipends for a Research Associate is currently £27,578–£35,938.  A  research expenses allowance of up to £750 per fellow per annum will be available.

Application Procedure
Applications should be made via the online system by 2 April 2012, and should include:

  • curriculum vitae Uploaded as PDF file
  • a research proposal of no more than 1,200 words typed directly into the fields Project Title and Description (see detailed requirements above)
  • Sample of Writing, uploaded as PDF in the field indicated, of no more than 20,000 words and should be the work that best indicates the candidate’s suitability for this project
  • completed form CHRIS 6, Parts 1 & 3 only, uploaded as pdf file in the Additional Material field
  • the names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with applicant’s work, and who must submit confidential academic references via the online system by the closing date. It is the candidates responsibility to ensure that letters of reference are received by the deadline.

Interviews will be held on 23rd and/or 24th May 2012 (one of either day).  Shortlisted candidates invited for interview will be informed by 11 May 2012.  Enquiries about the project and posts can be sent to Professor Simon Goldhill, [email protected]; for enquiries about the application procedure, email the Administrator, [email protected].

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