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Jobs in the Medieval World

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Program Coordinator for Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks. The position remains open until filled. Position posted August 23, 2019.

Dumbarton Oaks invites applications for Program Coordinator for Byzantine Studies. The Program Coordinator provides support to the Resident Program Director and serves as the main source of information about the study program for scholars and the public. S/he coordinates program activities including fellowships, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, public lectures, visiting scholars, research awards, pre-doctoral residencies, and project grants.


Assistant Professor of History/Global Middle Ages, Rhodes College
The Department of History at Rhodes College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the history of the Global Middle Ages and/or Medieval Mediterranean world to begin Fall 2020. Candidates at the associate professor level will also be considered.


Director, American Academy in Rome
The American Academy in Rome invites applications from artists, scholars, and institutional leaders for the position of its Rome-based Director, beginning in summer 2020, for an initial term of three years (2020-2023), with the potential for two one-year renewals. The candidate should have a distinguished record of achievement in one of the disciplines represented at the Academy as well as significant experience in management and administration.


Assistant Professor of History – Imperial Rome & Late Antique Mediterranean, University of Maryland
The University of Maryland, College Park, invites applications from historians of the Roman Imperial and Late Antique Mediterranean worlds within the broad geographical zone that extends into Asia, Africa, and Europe. While specialization is open, preference will be given to scholars whose work engages with the diversity of the Roman and late antique worlds in such areas as ethnicity, gender, or identity.


Applications are invited for a Curator of Medieval Western Manuscripts to work in the Weston Library, the home of the Bodleian’s Special Collections. at Oxford University
This post has been endowed in memory of Dr Richard Hunt, Keeper of Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian from 1945 to 1975. The post holder will be one of a small team of curators of medieval manuscripts, sharing responsibility for manuscripts from Europe (including the Byzantine Empire) up to circa 1500. The curator will carry out a full range of curatorial activities and duties, including involvement in the creation and revision of catalogue descriptions of medieval manuscripts; the answering of enquiries and performance of supervisory duties in the reading-rooms; support for all aspects of teaching and learning with manuscripts, within the University and beyond; assistance with exhibitions and public engagement activities; and research on new acquisitions and existing collections. The curator will report to the Head of Early and Rare Collections, Dr Martin Kauffmann.


Medieval jobs! Project curator for the British Museum’s exhibition on Thomas Becket
The British Museum is seeking to recruit a Project Coordinator to support the Becket exhibition project team, working closely with the Lead Curators in the development and delivery of the exhibition and publication. Fixed term (14 months in duration).

Post Doctoral Research Associate in the History and Archaeology of Medieval and Early Modern Earthquakes at Durham University
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the History and Archaeology of Medieval and Early Modern Earthquakes. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Archaeology and become a member of the Leverhulme-funded RISKRES project team (Risk and Resilience, Exploring historic responses to earthquakes, AD 1200-1755) under the supervision of Professor Chris Gerrard and working alongside Dr Paolo Forlin.


Assistant Professor of History, Medieval/Early Modern Europe at Lafayette College, Department of History

The Department of History at Lafayette College invites applications for a tenure-track position to begin in July 2020. We seek candidates with a specialization in the history of medieval or early modern Europe. The successful candidate will teach five courses per year, including surveys and specialized courses in European history. We are interested in candidates able to contribute to Lafayette’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand by fall 2020.


Middle Ages in an Interdisciplinary Perspective

The Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages ( in Prague is seeking a highly qualified international post-doc researcher who would join the interdisciplinary team of medievalists at the Centre for two years. The applicant should have a manifest interest in applying interdisciplinary approaches. The applicant should present an innovative project proposal in any aspect of medieval studies, which should go beyond a concrete case study. A particular motivation for conducting research in Prague (expected close collaboration with a particular researcher from the Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages, or a need of specific sources not available elsewhere) will be considered an asset. In addition to pursuing his or her own research agenda, the researcher will take active part in the Centreʼs endeavors. Based on his or her field, the researcher will be integrated into the relevant department of the Faculty of Arts, and will be expected to take part in the activities of the department, too.


Departmental Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Oxford
Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford and St Catherine’s College, Oxford

This is an exciting opportunity to join our thriving History community and gain valuable teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate levels. This post is offered by the Faculty of History in association with St Catherine’s College. The candidate will be required to contribute across the curriculum through lectures, classes, and tutorials to core undergraduate papers in Medieval History, including undertaking up to eleven hours of tutorial and class teaching a week for St Catherine’s College and contribute to the Faculty Lecture series. In addition to this you will, in support of the development of courses and teaching, manage your own academic research activities and conduct independent research.The candidate will have research and teaching interests in medieval history (with a preference for medieval European and World history). You will be able to inspire and enthuse students and draw on your own research to inform and augment your teaching. You will also be required to undertake administrative work for the College and Faculty. The candidate will hold a doctorate in a relevant field (or show evidence that a doctorate is close to completion) and relevant experience of teaching undergraduates. You will demonstrate the ability to produce high quality publications and a familiarity with the existing literature in the field. Excellent communication skills are essential.


Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Hull – Department of History

The Department of History at the University of Hull wishes to appoint to a Lecturer in Medieval History from 1st September 2019 until 31st August 2020 as temporary cover for the teaching duties of a member of staff during a period of research leave. You will join a department with consistently high satisfaction rates. In the National Student Survey, History’s average overall student satisfaction rate exceeds 95% over the last twelve years. Applicants should have expertise in the political and/or social history of the Middle Ages. Those whose research interests cover England and its neighbours c.1150-1250 are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in medieval history, and to undertake academic administrative duties. Candidates should have a completed PhD, teaching experience and an exceptional record of research in a relevant subject area, along with high-quality publications in place prior to the November 2020 REF deadline. Candidates are asked to submit a CV and covering letter.


Reader Service Assistant at The University of Manchester, the John Rylands Library

The University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries and the third largest academic library in the UK. Our vast and rich collections (both print and increasingly digital) help us to deliver a world-class library and information service for the University of Manchester. While our primary objective is to meet the learning, teaching and research needs of University members and John Rylands Research Institute staff and fellows, we are also fully committed to widening access to our services to individual researchers, local schools and others in the regional community. The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, houses some of the most significant books, manuscripts, maps, archives, works of art and heritage objects ever produced. The magnificent neo-gothic building in Manchester’s city centre is a major visitor attraction as well as a research library of world renown and home to the John Rylands Research Institute. The collections span four millennia and include exquisite medieval illuminated manuscripts, examples of the earliest forms of European printing including the Gutenberg Bible, as well as the personal papers of distinguished historical figures including Elizabeth Gaskell, John Dalton and John Wesley. As a Reader Service Assistant you will be part of a team providing an efficient and effective service to the diverse audiences who access the collections for research and learning. You will contribute to the delivery of a welcoming and informative reception, enquiry and membership service to customers using Special Collections including members of the John Rylands Research Institute. This role includes occasional Saturday and evening working.

Two Teaching Associates in Medieval History and Medieval/Early Modern History

The Department of History is seeking to appoint two fixed-term (12 months) Teaching Associates to carry out teaching, associated scholarship and administrative responsibilities to the highest standard. The first post is in Medieval History and the second post is in Medieval and Early Modern History. Applicants may state whether they are interested in both, or just one, of the positions at the application stage. The successful candidate for the first post will have expertise in Medieval History and will be expected to contribute to the team-taught unit HIST20118 Conflict and Community and the team-taught unit HIST10042 The Medieval World. The successful candidate will also convene and contribute to the team-taught unit HIST20117 Fear and Loathing, supervise undergraduate dissertations, and undertake other teaching and administrative duties as appropriate. The successful candidate for the second post will have expertise in Medieval and Early Modern History and will be expected to contribute to the team-taught units HIST10042 The Medieval World, HIST10043 The Early Modern World, HIST20120 Outlaws, supervise undergraduate dissertations, and undertake other teaching and administrative duties as appropriate.


Medieval Manuscripts Post-doctoral Internship at the British Library

The British Library is pleased to offer a 9-month Internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department for a post-doctoral researcher in History, Art History, Medieval Language or Literature or another relevant subject. For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref: COL02726. Closing Date: 13 May 2019. Interview Date: 6 June 2019.


Research Associate in Medieval History, Art History/Material Culture

Applications are invited for one three-year Postdoctoral Research Associate (Medieval History, Art History and/or Material Culture) in the Department of Music, University of Bristol as part of the AHRC-funded research project Doctrine, devotion, and cultural expression in the cults of medieval Iberian saints, directed by Professor Emma Hornby.The postdoctoral researcher will work full-time on the project for three years, undertaking individual and collaborative research and participating in project impact activities. (Applications from those wishing to be considered on a 0.5 FTE job share basis are also welcomed).This post represents an excellent opportunity for someone early in their academic career to be an important part of a high-profile project and to gain experience of cutting-edge research, while also developing an independent publication profile. Duration of appointment 2 September 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter)– 1 September 2022.


University Lecturer in Manuscript Studies / Art History / Material Culture

The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic wishes to appoint to a University Lectureship in Manuscript Studies / Art History / Material Culture from 1 September 2019.

We seek applicants who have research and teaching interests in any of the geographical areas and cultures covered by the ASNC Department (England before the Norman Conquest, Viking and medieval Scandinavia, the Brittonic- and Gaelic-speaking peoples in the medieval period), and who have expertise in manuscript studies, art history and/or material culture. Relevant areas include, but are not limited to, any aspect of the study of manuscripts and the material text from one or more of the ASNC regions, including palaeography, codicology and epigraphy; any aspect of the art historical study of one or more of the ASNC regions, including art in manuscripts and other media; any aspect of the material culture and archaeology of one or more of the ASNC regions, ranging from the built environment, early agriculture and maritime archaeology to numismatics and textiles.

University Lecturer in The History of England before the Norman Conquest at Cambridge University

The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic wishes to appoint to a University Lectureship in The History of England before the Norman Conquest from 1 September 2019. We seek applicants who have research and teaching interests in any aspect of the historical study of England before the Norman Conquest. We are open to a wide range of approaches and expertise, including interdisciplinary work which combines the study of historical evidence and material culture. We welcome applicants whose interests also engage with the other geographical and cultural areas covered by the ASNC Department (such as the history of medieval Wales or Scotland), so long as they have demonstrable expertise in the study of Anglo-Saxon England.

Prof. Jan Dumolyn, HPIMS promoter, is looking for two PhD researchers in medieval studies at the Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies, The University of Ghent

  • 1 position (full time, 4 years) within the Concerted Research Action project ‘High Tide – Low Tide. Bruges’ late-medieval harbour system as a maritime cultural landscape ‘ (PI’s: Wim De Clercq, Stephen Louweye and Jan Dumolyn). This interdisciplinary project is funded by the Special Research Fund of Ghent University. It combines archaeological, geological and historical research into the genesis and evolution of Bruges’ commercial landscape and harbour infrastructure.
  • 1 position (full time, 4 years) for the FWO Fundamental Research Project ‘Litigation strategies and the law of commerce in later medieval Bruges’ (promoter: Jan Dumolyn, co-promoter: Dave De Ruysscher – Free University Brussels). The PhD student will specifically conduct research into late medieval commercial law in Bruges (urban and comital case law).


Research Assistant/Associate to work in the field of medieval book history. The post is funded by Dr Aditi Nafde’s AHRC project ‘Manuscripts After Print c.1450-1550’

Newcastle University – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, English Lit, Language & Linguistics. You will work with Dr Nafde in designing and trialling a digital reading and handwriting app, and have the opportunity to work with rare books librarians, calligraphers, and printers as part of the impact activities of the project. Alongside this, you will have the opportunity to use the project’s networks to develop their own research project on medieval and digital reading and writing practices. You will have a completed or near complete PhD in medieval literature that demonstrates an expertise in late medieval book history, including palaeography and/or manuscript studies and/or early print and/or reading practice and/or textual and bibliographical studies. Informal enquiries: please email Dr Aditi Nafde: ; or Head of School, Dr James Annesley:


Assistant Professor (Research): The Solway Fellowship in the History of Christianity (c.400 to c.1800) at Durham University – Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor (Research) in any relevant subject area with a particular interest in the history of Christianity c.400–c.1800. The successful applicant will be expected to engage actively in the academic life of both the Institute and the College and to pursue a research project that will lead to high quality research outputs. We particularly welcome applications that bring religion into dialogue with other disciplines, including the sciences, and demonstrate engagement in any of these three areas: (1) projects that focus on our collections and/or our tangible and intangible heritage at the World Heritage Site; (2) projects that complement, or provide stimulating contrasts with, any current research initiatives by IMEMS members; (3) projects which contribute to IMEMS research themes.


Teaching Fellow in Medieval History. University of Birmingham – School of History and Cultures

The Department of History is looking to appoint a Teaching Fellow (1.0) in Medieval History. The position is a fixed-term appointment for one year from 1 September 2019. The successful candidate will have a PhD in history, or be near completion of a PhD, and have demonstrated ability to: teach on a range of modules including Discovering the Middle Ages and Living in the Middle Ages, Ancient and Medieval History in Theory and Practice, and the medieval history strand of our Research Methods module; contribute to teaching and administration; contribute to teaching and dissertation supervision on the Masters-level programme in Medieval Studies; contribute experience of teaching in a university department or equivalent; fluent written and spoken English. To download the details and submit an electronic application online, please visit: . For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Matt Houlbrook ( at the Department of History, School of History and Cultures, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT.


Master’s Scholarships in Medieval Studies at the Central European University – Department of Medieval Studies

CEU’s Department of Medieval Studies offers an intensive, cross-disciplinary course of study on all aspects of history and culture between 300 and 1600 C.E. Renowned faculty helps you uncover and understand the past of Central and Western Europe, as well as the Byzantine, Slavic, Jewish, Arab and Ottoman worlds in a global context. Our strong relationship with local universities and cultural institutions, on-site learning and field trip opportunities, internship program, source language courses and exhaustive library on all things medieval make us an ideal incubator for future scholars and professionals in and outside of academia.


Ph.D Scholarship in Medieval History. Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin – Department of History, School of Histories and Humanities

The Department of History, Trinity College Dublin, is now accepting applications for a scholarship for a student wishing to do a Ph.D on some aspect of the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality in the Middle Ages under the supervision of Ruth Mazo Karras, Lecky Professor of History.


Lecturer in Medieval History at King’s College London, Department of History

The post-holder will specialize in medieval history and participate in departmental teaching of the subject. They will have a strong research track record relative to career stage and contribute to the department’s 2021 REF submission. They will act as personal tutor to undergraduate students and undertake administrative duties. Contracted hours are 40% teaching, 40% research and 20% administration. Excellent teaching ability, strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative ethos are essential for the role. Support will be provided to enable the post holder to develop their research profile and pedagogic practices. Candidates must have their PhD awarded by the start date of the appointment. We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented in the Department of History.


Lecturer in Medieval/Renaissance Literature (24 months) at Queen Mary University of London – School of English & Drama

Queen Mary, University of London is one of the UK’s leading research-focused universities and a member of the Russell Group with an outstanding reputation in the humanities and social sciences. The English Department was ranked fifth in the last national Research Excellence Framework.

The Department wishes to appoint a fixed term lecturer (24 months) in Medieval/Renaissance Literature, as a replacement for Dr Ruth Ahnert, who is working on two fully funded major research projects until September 2021. Applicants should already have a creditable research record and substantial plans for future work in the field. We are looking for a Medieval Literature specialist who can teach canonical Renaissance texts as required and who can also demonstrate that they have an innovative attitude towards the current state of Medieval/Renaissance Studies. Modules to be taught may include: ‘Chaucer’, ‘Arthurian Literature’, ‘Literatures in Time’, ‘Renaissance Literary Culture’.


Im Archäologischen Landesamt Schleswig-Holstein (ALSH) ist zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt die Stelle eines Archäologen (m/w/d)
für die Leitung der Abteilung 4 „Praktische Archäologie“ und stellvertretende Amtsleitung

Das ALSH nimmt als obere Denkmalschutzbehörde den Denkmalschutz und die Denkmalpflege im Bereich des archäologischen Erbes für das Land Schleswig-Holstein wahr. Grundlage ist das Gesetz zum Schutz der Denkmale vom 30. Dezem-ber 2014 (DSchG 2015 SH). Die Abteilung 4 „Praktische Archäologie“ ist für die Umsetzung und Kontrolle von Forschungs- und Rettungsgrabungen im Bereich der Mineral- und Feuchtböden-Archäologie zuständig. Dabei arbeitet sie in der Schnittstelle zu den anderen drei Abteilungen des ALSH und umfasst gleichermaßen die archäologische Feldarbeit als auch die Betreuung des heterogenen Partnerumfeldes insbeondere der Sammler, Vertrauensleute oder Investoren und Denkmalbesitzer.


Lecturer in Medieval Literature at the University of East Anglia – School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

Applications are invited for a full-time Lecturer to contribute to teaching, supervision and research in Medieval Literature in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. You will be required to contribute to the undergraduate teaching of Medieval English Literature (1300-1500), as well as supervise relevant undergraduate dissertations and support the broader delivery of Medieval Literature modules at MA level. You will have experience of teaching Medieval Literature in its historical context at university level and be expected to teach more widely within the Literature provision. You will possess a strong research background and reputation, and will be expected to contribute to the School’s research reputation and REF2021 submission. You will also have a record of published work and possess a PhD in Medieval English Literature (1300-1500).