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Researcher Job in English literature, medieval paleography – Dept of Foreign Languages, UiB, Norway 2022


There is a vacancy for a position as a researcher at the Department of Foreign Languages – University of Bergen (UiB), Norway 2022

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General Info

Position: Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jan 01, 2022
Contract Period: 1.5 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of Foreign Languages


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Qualification Details

  • The position requires a Norwegian PhD in English literature, medieval paleography, or other relevant field, or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree. The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the closing date of the application and it is a condition of appointment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Expertise in Middle English, Latin, paleography, codicology, and textual editing.
  • Familiarity with digital editing is desired but not required.
  • Ability to work independently in a well-structured way and good collaboration skills.

In the assessment, the main emphasis will be attached to the submitted works and the project proposal.

In cases where ranked applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, strategic considerations may also weigh in. Motivation and the applicant’s professional eligibility will also be considered.

The position as researcher demands that the successful applicant has his or her regular workplace at the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen, Norway, and complies with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Department of Foreign Languages spans nine different languages, and teaching and research are conducted in the disciplines language/linguistics, literature, cultural studies and didactics (http://www.uib.no/en/fremmedsprak). The Department has around 60 permanent academic staff members, along with around 25 PhD and postdoc candidates and ten administrative members of staff.

The position is affiliated with the ongoing research project "Re-assessing St. Birgitta of Sweden and her Revelations in Medieval England: Circulation and Influence, 1380-1530" directed by Professor Laura Saetveit Miles (PI). The funding comes from the “Young Research Talents” grant from the Norwegian Research Council. The project team has three members: the PI Prof. Miles, one PhD candidate and the vacant researcher position.

This project aims to uncover the full impact of the Swedish saint on late-medieval England by creating an open-access multi-faceted bibliographic database of evidence such as manuscripts and early printed books (Work Packages 1 & 2: project team), editions of Middle English translations (Work Package 3: researcher), and analysis of Birgittine texts and manuscripts (Work Package 4: PI). The project will advance our understanding of how gender, authorship, and religious literature functioned in this period.

The researcher’s role is to help develop the database along with the project team, to contribute generally to the progression of the project as a whole, and most importantly, to contribute to the editing of the major unedited Middle English translation of the Revelations, contained in British Library, MS Julius F.ii. The researcher would collaborate with the project’s previous post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Katherine Zieman (now at University of Poitiers), to continue work on a print edition of the Julius text. A preliminary proposal has already been favourably reviewed by the Early English Text Society for publication. In general the responsibilities of the researcher in relation to the edition will include:

  • Comparing Julius and the other major ME translations to the surviving Latin manuscripts from medieval England to determine the closest relation
  • Collating the Julius translation, as well as the Claudius translation, against the closest Latin witness
  • Collaborating on the preparation of the text, explanatory notes and apparatus
  • If time allows, online digital additions of some excerpted revelations

A more detailed work plan and delegation of editing work will be agreed upon at the beginning of the researcher period, in discussion with Prof. Miles and Dr. Zieman. Archival visits funded by the grant will be an important part of the researcher’s responsibilities.

Candidates should submit a proposal discussing the editorial principles that might be relevant to such a project, and other elements applicants consider important to the researcher’s role as described above. The proposal should not exceed 3 pages (excluding bibliography/works cited list).

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Documents Required

Applications must be sent electronically via the link on this site: “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. The applicant must use the electronic CV-form, and the application must include:

  • Cover letter, including a brief account of the applicant's relevant research interests and experience, and motivation for applying for the position.
  • Names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the PhD-thesis.
  • CV, including a list of any publications in your name.
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees, and diploma for the PhD or documentation showing that the thesis has been submitted for assessment.
  • A short summary of the PhD thesis (up to 3 pages).
  • A proposal as outlined above (up to 3 pages, not including bibliography).
  • Bibliography for the proposed project.
  • Up to 3 academic works.

The application should be in English, with any appendices in languages other than English or Scandinavian languages submitted with certified translations, into English or a Scandinavian language.

All materials must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. Attachments can be either in Word or pdf-format.

Following the initial assessment of submitted materials, short-listed candidates will be interviewed via Teams.

About the Employer: University of Bergen (UiB)

Note or Other details

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.


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Contact details

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting the Research Coordinator at the Department Sissel Lægreid, on e-mail sissel.lagreid@uib.no or
phone + 47 55 58 24 88 or
the leader of the project, Laura Saetveit Miles on e-mail laura.miles@uib.no or phone (+47) 55 58 22 88.

Questions or inquiries about the electronic application process can be directed to: fakadm@hf.uib.no.

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