£33,797 per annum
Fixed term – 12 months – full time
Closing date: 11 April 2021, 11.59pm UK time
Start date: either 1 September 2021 or 1 January 2022
Generous gifts from the Zeno Karl Schindler (ZKS) Foundation and Chris and Margaret Lendrum make it possible for the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) at Durham University to appoint a talented researcher and scholar to the role of Assistant Professor (Research) to work in the Scientific Study of Manuscripts and Inscriptions.
This field brings together scholars from very different disciplines, asking them to develop new questions and to use unfamiliar methodologies. The problems which they address range from new approaches to understanding science as practiced in medieval culture, through the challenges of digital presentation of sources and research results, to the non-invasive analysis of manuscripts. But in all they are required to embrace the value of integrated interdisciplinary work, developing and exploiting new frameworks for technological and intellectual innovation. IMEMS and Durham University have developed a strong reputation over recent years for innovative research within this field. Drawing on the structural capacity for collaborative research provided by Durham’s Research Institutes, as well as the remarkable resources available in situ, notably the outstanding manuscript and early printed book collections in the University, Cathedral and Ushaw libraries, and the artefacts of the Oriental Museum, scholars are breaking disciplinary boundaries under the auspices of this new IMEMS research strand.
Major recent examples of projects include:
The Pigments of British Medieval Illuminators: a scientific and cultural study (www.dur.ac.uk/imems/research/strands/teampigment);
Ordered Universe: Interdisciplinary Readings of Medieval Science (www.dur.ac.uk/imems/research/strands/ordereduniverse);
a GCRF Project Promoting Heritage Sites in Nepal;
Durham Priory Library Recreated (www.dur.ac.uk/imems/durhampriory).
We welcome applications from Humanities scholars or Social and Physical Sciences scholars, or those whose work bridges the disciplines.