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Researcher in Historical Linguistics – ERC Advanced Grant (885040) “Crossreads”

Faculty of Classics, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford 

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

 

Grade 7: £32,817-£40,322 per annum

 

The Faculty of Classics invites applications for a Researcher in Historical Linguistics on the ERC Advanced Grant (885040) “Crossreads” reporting to the P.I. Professor Jonathan Prag. This full-time post based at the University of Oxford is fixed-term, starting in the second year of a 5-year project for a duration of 36 months. 

 

‘Crossreads: Text, materiality, and multiculturalism at the crossroads of the ancient Mediterranean’ (https://crossreads.web.ox.ac.uk/) will develop and analyse a comprehensive corpus of all the written (epigraphic) documents from the island. The project will offer the first coherent account of the interactions and interplay of linguistic and textual material culture in ancient Sicily over a period of 1,500 years. Crossreads builds upon the I.Sicily project (http://sicily.classics.ox.ac.uk and https://isicily.org/) exploiting digital humanities tools and methods for both data publishing and data analysis. The project breaks down into four distinct ‘work-packages’, focused upon corpus-building, historical linguistics, palaeography and petrography: this post is integral to the historical linguistics work-package.

 

A researcher with a background in historical linguistics will spend three years investigating the development and interaction of languages in use on the island in antiquity. The successful candidate will have, or be close to completion of, a doctorate in a related field; specialist knowledge of ancient Greek and/or Latin, such as the inscriptional dialects in ancient Greek, or the historical phonology and regional orthographic conventions in Latin; and experience of, or demonstrable ability to work with digital linguistic corpora and associated digital research tools and methods.

 

This is a unique opportunity to develop an original and substantial corpus of material in the study of the linguistic and cultural history of a key region of the ancient Mediterranean, developing independent research as part of a larger, multidisciplinary team.

 

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk. A copy of the advert, a link to the Further Particulars, and access to the online recruitment system can be found HERE.

 

You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependants). In your statement you should additionally outline how participation in this project aligns with your own research interests and the likely direction of your own research within the project. Your application will be judged solely on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria stated in the job description.

 

The closing date for applications is 10th May 2021 at 12.00pm

 

Contact Person: Clive Brown
Contact Email : recruitment@classics.ox.ac.uk

 

Quote on all correspondence vacancy ID 150428

 


Researcher in Petrography – ERC Advanced Grant (885040) “Crossreads”

Faculty of Classics, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford 

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

 

Grade 7: £32,817-£40,322 per annum

 

The Faculty of Classics invites applications for a Researcher in Petrography on the ERC Advanced Grant (885040) “Crossreads” reporting to the P.I. Professor Jonathan Prag. This full-time post based at the University of Oxford is fixed-term, starting in the second year of a 5-year project, for a duration of 48 months. 

 

‘Crossreads: Text, materiality, and multiculturalism at the crossroads of the ancient Mediterranean’ (https://crossreads.web.ox.ac.uk/) will offer the first coherent account of the interactions and interplay of linguistic and textual material culture in ancient Sicily. Crossreads will build upon the I.Sicily project (http://sicily.classics.ox.ac.uk and https://isicily.org/), using a variety of digital humanities tools and methods for data publishing and data analysis. The project breaks down into four ‘work-packages’: corpus-building, historical linguistics, palaeography and petrography. This post is integral to the petrography work-package.

 

A researcher with a background in petrography or petrology, including analysis of geological materials, fieldwork and archaeometric methods will spend four years investigating the use of stone on the island of Sicily for the presentation of inscribed texts. The successful candidate will have, or be close to completion of, a doctorate in a related field; specialist knowledge in the destructive and non-destructive mineralogical, geochemical and petrographic analysis of rocks and minerals; previous experience of undertaking petrographic fieldwork; and specialist knowledge of petro-archaeometric methods. This post will entail extensive fieldwork in Sicily and the supervised use of facilities at the University of Catania; a working knowledge of Italian, or the ability to acquire such knowledge, will be necessary.

 

This is a unique opportunity to develop an original and substantial dataset, with much wider application to archaeological and heritage work in Sicily, developing independent research as part of a multidisciplinary team.

 

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk. A copy of the advert, a link to the Further Particulars, and access to the online recruitment system can be found HERE.

 

You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependants). In your statement you should additionally outline how participation in this project aligns with your own research interests and the likely direction of your own research within the project. Your application will be judged solely on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria stated in the job description.

 

The closing date for applications is 10th May 2021 at 12.00pm

 

Contact Person: Clive Brown
Contact Email : recruitment@classics.ox.ac.uk

 

Quote on all correspondence vacancy ID 150429