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Researcher in Comparative Philology

Faculty of Classics and Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 per annum

Location: Centre for Linguistics and Philology, Walton Street, Oxford

Contract type: Fixed term (36 months) from October 2021

Hours: Full time

About the role

Working in a vibrant community of linguists, you will assist the Diebold Professor of Comparative Philology (Prof. Andreas Willi) and other senior members of the Philology team (Prof. Philomen Probert and Prof. Wolfgang de Melo) in their research and teaching activities and associated administrative duties.

As a member of Oxford’s research network in Comparative Philology, you will also independently pursue a clearly defined and mutually agreed research project of your own in the fields of Classical Philology and/or Indo-European Comparative Philology.

About you

You will hold a doctorate in Comparative Philology, or a closely related field. You will be trained and/or have research experience in Greek and Latin historical linguistics, as well as one or two further branches of Indo-European, and have an excellent command of both Latin and Ancient Greek.

You will be able to work independently and manage your own academic research and have previous experience of contributing to academic publications and presentations. You will have adequate IT skills, attention to detail and excellent communication skills.

Application Process

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via and Vacancy ID 152048, or via this link direct to the advertisement, where the job description and access to the online recruitment system can also be found.

For your online application, you will be required to upload a supporting statement, setting out how you meet the selection criteria, using examples of your skills and experience, your curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two referees, who may be contacted for references by the selection committee after shortlisting. In your statement you should additionally outline what your own research interests and project(s) are and the likely direction of your own research if appointed to the post. For further details, please refer to the How to apply section of the job description.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 9 August 2021. Only applications received before this time can be considered.

Shortlisting will take place the following week and interviews will be held online in mid-September.

Please quote Vacancy ID 152048 on all correspondence.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

Contact Person: Clive Brown

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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships (for entry 2021)

The Classics Faculty at the University of Oxford invites expressions of interest from postdoctoral and completing graduate scholars who wish to apply for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, for entry in 2021.  

The Fellowships are designed to enable early career researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences to pursue an independent research project for three years at a host institution. More information about the scheme will be available in due course from the British Academy and on the Oxford Humanities Division website. NB There are strict eligibility requirements and potential candidates are advised to check these carefully. 

The Faculty will select applications to support. Those who wish to apply for a BA PDF in Classics with Oxford as the host institution are asked to submit an Expression of Interest form. It should be sent to  no later than 6th August 2021. The email subject should be ‘BA postdoc’. A referee should be asked to send a brief note of support to the same address by the same date. Please note that all applicants should have secured the agreement of a potential mentor within the Faculty.