Research Associate - PersDoc Project

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Oxford, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 12 Jun 2020

Faculty of Oriental Studies, Pusey Lane, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 p.a.

We are looking for a researcher to join the project team for the AHRC-funded 'PersDoc - Persian in Documents' project. The project explores the nuances of Islamisation during the first 500 years of Islamic rule in the Islamicate East (a vast area that stretches from Islam to Tibet and includes parts of the modern states of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and of the wider Central Asian region). Project activities include the transcription, translation and analysis of a variety of texts, most of which reflect everyday, local use - from receipts to personal letters to legal opinions - and others are literary in nature.

Managing your own academic research and related administrative activities, you will examine unstudied or understudied texts from the pre-Mongol Islamicate East, identifying and categorising texts, transcribing and translating documents of different genres, and entering and processing text in a specialist project database. You will prepare reading and translation workshops and contribute to the project's web pages and social media updates. As well as developing content for an online course for a wider public on the social history of the Islamicate East, you will collaborate in authoring an article, book chapter or monograph on an aspect of the history and/or linguistics of the Islamicate East. You will also present project results at conferences or public meetings.

You will adapt existing and develop new research methodologies, develop ideas for potential further funding applications related to the Islamicate East, and contribute to the writing of grant reports. As well as representing the research group at external meetings or seminars, you will be a source of information and advice to other members of the group on specific features of the history, literature or linguistics of the Islamicate East, based on your expertise and experience.

We are looking for someone who has (or will have by the start of the role) a relevant PhD/DPhil, and expertise in either Persian, Middle Persian, Hebrew, Arabic or other specialist knowledge of the ancient languages, traditions and history of the pre-Mongol Islamicate East. Ideally you will also have an understanding of and interest in Islamicate history, Iranian linguistics, documents and archival practices. You will need to be self-motivated in managing your research and associated activities, able to undertake innovative research at the forefront of current scholarship, and to work collaboratively as part of a team.

Previous experience of independent scholarly writing to a high level of academic content and formal presentation is required, preferably with a record of research in one or more understudied areas of the Islamicate East and its textual sources, and understanding of contemporary issues in the region (Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia) regarding topics of language, religion and social history. You will also need excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings; experience of online database creation and maintenance would be an advantage.  You must be fluent in English, both spoken and written.

This is a full-time post for a fixed-term of 2 years.

COVID-19: please be aware that the recruitment process for this post may need to be conducted remotely. Candidates invited to interview will need equipment and internet connection suitable for a video call.

Closing Date: 12-JUN-2020 12:00

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