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Senior Researcher in Medieval Studies

Deadline: 03.02.2023

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Department of archaeology, conservation and history (IAKH) is comprised of three disciplines which in different ways study the past. The department has internationally oriented archaeologists, the only conservation program in Norway and the biggest group of historians in Scandinavia. The department has close to 100 employees, including non-permanent research fellows. The study programs span archaeology from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, object and paintings conservation, and history from Antiquity to the present age.

Job description

A temporary position of Senior Researcher (SKO 1109) in Medieval Studies is available at the Department of Conservation, Archaeology, and History, University of Oslo.

The position is funded by the European Research Council and associated with the ERC Advanced Grant project 101018645 MINiTEXTS “Minuscule Texts: Marginalized Voices in Early Medieval Latin Culture (c. 700–c.1000),” led by Professor Ildar Garipzanov (Principal Investigator). The position is available for a period of 3 years starting in March 2023.

MINiTEXTS seeks to systematically study early medieval Latin minuscule texts (also known as “guest texts” or “microtexts”), i.e. short texts which were added in large numbers, before c. 1000, to flyleaves, margins and other blank spaces of pre-900 Latin manuscripts. MINiTEXTS examines such textual additions as a unique corpus of practical knowledge deeply embedded in the social praxis of early medieval society and aspires to understand the “social logic” of such texts as well as the social, religious, and cultural practices that they signify.

The successful candidate will become a member of the project team and will be linked to MINiTEXTS’ Sub-project 3 (The Christian Norm & Liturgical Practices) dedicated to early medieval liturgical textual additions and pen trials in non-liturgical manuscripts. In close collaboration with other members of the project team, s/he will produce and systematize relevant data for the project’s database. S/he will analyze independently a selected number of early medieval liturgical additions and pen trials, placing them in their broader liturgical and manuscript contexts.

Qualification requirements

  • PhD or equivalent academic qualifications within medieval studies with a specialization in medieval liturgy, liturgical texts, or liturgical practices
  • Competence in medieval Latin
  • Training in Latin paleography and academic experience of working with early medieval Latin manuscripts
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out his/her research tasks and contribute to the main project
  • Relevant academic experience working with medieval liturgical texts (preferably before 1000)
  • Academic qualifications and academic production in the field of medieval studies
  • International peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience with digital databases of medieval manuscripts
  • Ability to create and contribute to a positive environment for collaboration
  • Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines on an international level

In the evaluation of the qualified candidates the full range of these criteria will be explicitly addressed and assessed.

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How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter (statement of motivation, summarising academic work, relevant qualifications, and suitability for the announced position), maximum 2 pages
  • Curriculum Vitae (educational background, academic positions, list of publications, administrative experience, and other relevant activities)
  • An academic publication, to be considered as most relevant for the position (no longer than 30 pages in total). In longer publications, applicants should specify the relevant pages
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcripts
  • List of 3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”.

The short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

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