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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are sought for a Research Associate to join the 'Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems' Project (VIEWS), led by the Principal Investigator Dr Philippa Steele. The successful applicant will conduct research on a pre-determined case study, namely a social archaeology of cursive writing with a primary focus on Phoenician. The successful candidate will have prior experience of Phoenician writing and a research focus in some area of archaeological research. This also provides an opportunity for comparative study of other ancient or later writing traditions, depending on the candidate's interests.

The successful candidate will contribute to excellence in research as a member of the VIEWS research team, carrying out research at a similar level to that undertaken by lecturing staff, with substantial scope for academic judgement, originality, interpretation and presentation of results. They will undertake to publish a monograph on their project research by the end of their term of employment, as well as pursuing short-term dissemination goals such as working on peer reviewed journal articles and contributing to conferences in their area of specialism.

They will also be expected to play a full role in regular VIEWS project team meetings and to take on extra project-related activities such as conference and seminar organisation, collaborative publications with other team members, participation in outreach activities and contributions to the project website. There will be opportunities to contribute to teaching undergraduate students and to participate in the Faculty's programme of research seminars for senior members and graduate students.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance. Appointments will be made from 1st April 2024.

For further information about this post please click on the 'Further particulars' link below. Further particulars may also be obtained from or from Ms Sarah Lewis, Faculty of Classics (email:

You will need to attach a CV, cover letter, list of publications and a sample of work to your application. Referees should be asked to write directly to Ms Sarah Lewis to reach the Faculty by the closing date.

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on Friday 16 June 2023. Interviews are planned for the first two weeks of July 2023, subject to confirmation and change. Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Philippa Steele,, If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Ms Sarah Lewis,

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Please quote reference GE36338 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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