Job Market Season 2014-2015

We won’t be able to post every academic job in all Med Ren fields for this upcoming job season.  There are a few below, but also check out the following resources:

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Digital Humanities Postdoc, Records of Early English Drama

Open until filled

The Records of Early English Drama, an international humanities research project focusing on medieval and early modern performance studies that is based at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Digital Humanities. REED is at the start of a substantial shift in how it publishes its record collections, from print to online, and the successful candidate will be an integral member of the team responsible for developing this new digital approach to publishing these resources for research and education. REED is a longstanding research and editorial project, with partnership for maintenance and sustainability of its digital resources at the University of Toronto Libraries. REED is overseen by an international Executive Board, with a Digital Advisory Committee guiding its Digital Humanities initiatives.

The Digital Humanities Fellow will join the project on site at the University of Toronto in order to work effectively with the general editor, editorial staff, developers, and research assistants. The Fellow will also work closely with REED’s Digital Advisory Committee, who, along with members of the Executive Board, will provide guidance, mentorship, and professionalization. The Digital Humanities fellow will be key to the development of a new digital editing and publication environment for REED’s forthcoming digital collections. As a member of the editorial team, the fellow will also participate meaningfully in the development of the online indexing of REED collections, and work to establish progressive new strategies for glossing medieval and early modern documents through editing and encoding of TEI documents and development of REED’s new digital production environment.

The successful candidate will demonstrate superior skills and aptitudes in early modern research, textual studies, and scholarly editing in Digital Humanities contexts. Advanced competency in TEI- compliant XML (P5) is required and some XSLT 2.0 experience is strongly desirable. Engagement in open source development, digital scholarship frameworks and open access approaches to scholarship is essential. In addition, he or she should possess strong organizational skills and the desire to learn and pursue research in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment.

The successful applicant will also be encouraged to pursue his or her own research while at U of T, while receiving training and career development opportunities through REED’s international network as well as members of the REED Executive Board and Digital Advisory Committee.

Salary for this position is competitive in the Canadian context.Applicants must have completed their PhD within five years of the beginning of the fellowship. Applicants who will defend their thesis before 1 July 2015 are eligible, but a letter from their supervisor or Chair may be requested. Any award will be conditional on a successful defense. Applicants who received their PhD prior to 1 July 2010 are ineligible.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may further expand the range of ideas and perspectives.

Applications, comprising a brief cover letter, CV, a sample of Digital Humanities work in medieval or early modern scholarship, and the names and contact information for three referees, may be sent electronically to the general editor, Sally­Beth MacLean, at <>. Applications will be received and reviewed until the position is filled; the position can begin as early as June 2015. All applications received will be acknowledged.

Lecturer in Renaissance Studies (Education and Scholarship), University of Exeter – College of Humanities; Department of English

Closes: 21st April 2015

Salary: £33,242 starting salary, on Grade F
Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Job Ref: P48325

Interviews are expected to take place in late May/early June.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group University in the top one percent of institutions globally. In the last few years we have invested strategically to deliver more than 350 million worth of new facilities across our campuses with plans for another 330 million of investment between now and 2016. The College wishes to recruit a Lecturer in Renaissance Studies (Education and Scholarship) to support the delivery of modules in Renaissance literature. This full time post is available from 1st September 2015 to 31st August 2016.

The post will include taking responsibility for the design, development and production of teaching, learning and assessment materials and the delivery of seminars, lectures, workshops, supervisions and tutorials across a range of modules including but not limited to “Life and Death in Early Modern Literature” and “Desire and Power: English Literature: 1570-1640”. The successful applicant will be expected to make a contribution to the development and implementation of innovative teaching practices across the Department.

The successful applicant will possess sufficient breadth or depth of specialist and core knowledge in the discipline, demonstrated by a PhD (or nearing completion) or equivalent in Renaissance Studies to develop teaching programmes, and teach and support learning in this academic area. They will use a range of delivery techniques to enthuse and engage students. They will participate in and develop external networks, for example to contribute to student recruitment, secure student placements, facilitate outreach work, generate income, obtain consultancy projects, or build relationships for future activities.

The successful applicant will have evidence of excellent teaching identified by peer review and have made an impact at discipline programme level beyond their own teaching. The applicant will also be expected to work flexibly and on their own initiative. Staff at this level are expected to work towards Fellow of the HEA status and to attend formal CPD relating to this.

For further information please contact Dr Henry Power (Director of Education), e-mail or telephone (01392) 724254.

For more information and to apply online please go to our website.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is ‘Positive about Disabled People’. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

College Lectureship In History, University of Cambridge – Gonville and Caius College

Closes: 21st April 2015

Salary: £31,145 to £43,325
Hours: Full Time;  Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 3rd March 2015

Gonville and Caius College intends to appoint a College Lecturer in History with effect from 1 September 2015. Applications are welcome from individuals with expertise in any field taught in the Cambridge Historical Tripos (see and not currently covered by a member of the college’s teaching staff. American and Atlantic history (any period), medieval history (any area), early modern British history, and 20th-century European history (excluding Britain) would be particularly relevant.

The College has for many years enjoyed an exceptional reputation in History with a large number of Teaching Fellows. About 36 undergraduates read the subject at any one time. History at Caius benefits from the presence of scholars in contiguous fields such as Classics and Art History, a large complement of Research Fellows currently including several historians, and over 20 research students in History.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduates the equivalent of ten hours per week of supervisions conducted in pairs and to direct the studies of one or more of the year groups of the large community of history students at the College. The College also expects its College Lecturers to be research-active and their duties encompass research as well as teaching. Candidates should have a strong research record, including significant publications and plans for future research. The appointment will be for three years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for a further two years and thereafter reappointment to the retiring age. Re-appointment to the retiring age will be dependent upon satisfactory teaching and research. It is intended that the person appointed to the College Lectureship will be elected to a Fellowship.

The current annual stipend of a College Teaching Officer is on a scale of £34,233 to £43,325 if not resident in College and £31,145 to £40,237 if resident in College; the stipend is pensionable under the University Superannuation Scheme. Additional allowances for Teaching and Research Expenses, for books used in teaching, and for housing are described in the further particulars.

It is intended that the person appointed will take up the lectureship on 1 September 2015. Further particulars can be obtained from the College website ( Completed applications should be sent to the Senior Tutor at Gonville and Caius College ( by 21 April 2015. Candidates are also asked to arrange for three supporting references to be sent to the same address, and by the same date. Interviews will take place on 2 and 3 June 2015.

Lectureship / Senior Lectureship in Early Medieval Insular History University of Edinburgh – School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Closes: 1st May 2015

Salary: £38,511 to £54,841 Please see advert
Hours: Full Time;  Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 7th April 2015
Job Ref: 032927

Following the departure of Dr James Fraser to the Chair of Scottish Studies in Guelph, the School of History, Classics and Archaeology seeks to employ a historian of Britain and Ireland in the pre-Norman period. Applications are therefore invited from scholars of the highest calibre with research interests and teaching experience in Early Insular History.

This is a full time, open-ended post and tenable from 1 September 2015.

The level at which the appointment will be made, either Lectureship (UE08) or Senior Lectureship (UE09) will be determined by the selection panel.

Salary scale:

Grade UE08 is £38,511 – £45,954 per annum

Grade UE09 is £48,743 – £54,841 per annum

Closing date is 1st May 2015 at 5pm (GMT)

For further particulars and to apply for this post please go here.

Assistant Professor of Old and Middle English Literature The Institute of English and American Studies in the Faculty of the Humanities of the Heinrich-Heine-Universität

Due: 15 May (previously 30 April)

W1/W3-Professur (assistant professor)
of Old and Middle English Literature (tenure track)

We are looking for applicants with proven research and teaching
capabilities in both Old and Middle English Literature. Additional
requirements include a good knowledge of Old and Middle English
and the willingness to teach in the field of historical linguistics.
The successful candidate’s research interests should be compatible
with the department’s comparative orientation. S/he will be
expected to make substantial contributions to the bachelor’s degree
program “Anglistik und Amerikanistik” and to the master’s degree
program “Comparative Studies in English and American Language
and Literature” as well as to theoretical and methodological inquiry
within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Further qualifications include outstanding pedagogical skills and
the readiness to engage in interdisciplinary research and academic
administration. Candidates who do not speak German are expected
to achieve competence in German within two years.
Employment prerequisites include (in addition to the regulations of
the Gesetz über die Hochschulen des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen,
§ 36) the proven ability to conduct scholarly research and additional
professional achievements.

Applications in English or in German
(preferably in digital form) are accepted and
should be addressed to:
Dekan der Philosophischen Fakultät
der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Universitätsstraße 1, 40225 Düsseldorf

HHU is an equal opportunities employer and participates in the Dual
Career Network Rheinland (
Candidates are requested to submit a curriculum vitae (including
a record of teaching, funding received and a list of
publications (not the publications themselves)), citing
reference no. 07 B 15 – 3.1. The closing date for
applications is 30.04.2015.

Applications from women are expressly welcome. Women with
comparable qualifications will receive particular consideration,
unless another applicant displays compelling reasons to prefer this
person. Applications from suitably qualified severely disabled
persons or disabled persons regarded as being of equal status
according to Book IX of the German Social Legal Code (SGB –
Soziales Gesetzbuch) are encouraged. Disabled persons with equal
qualifications will be given priority.

Lecturer in Early Modern History, Lancaster University – History
Closes: 18th May 2015

Salary: £33,242
Hours: Full Time; Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Job Ref: A1222
The History Department at Lancaster University is seeking to make a temporary appointment in early modern History for the academic year 2015/16 to cover for Professor Naomi Tadmor, who has been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Fellowship.

The History Department is one of nine constituent departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). The Department of History enjoys a thriving research culture, with 82% of our research ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent in the REF 2014. We were proud to receive a perfect 100% score for our world-leading research environment. Our teaching embraces political, religious, cultural and socio-economic history, and often has an innovative cross-disciplinary emphasis. We teach highly-regarded courses in the ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern periods, and we are particularly proud of our leading contribution to the history of the North West, exemplified by our Regional Heritage Centre ( Our NSS student satisfaction score, at 94%, compares well with other History departments nationally.

The Department offers a broad chronological and geographical range in undergraduate teaching, with modules from Ancient Greek history to contemporary society, and covering Europe, North America, the Middle East, India and the Pacific. Students take either one-third or two-thirds of their first-year options in History, move in the second year to a largely choice-driven suite of modules centred around a methods and skills-based core, and progress in their third year to a double-weighted special subject and dissertation plus two further module choices.

You will be expected to contribute lectures to, and take seminar groups on a first-year module, HIST 102: Reform, Rebellion and Reason: Britain, 1500-1800, in Michaelmas Term; to convene an existing 15-credit module, HIST 290: Culture and Society in England 1500-1750, in Lent Term; to convene a third-year special subject in the general area of early modern History running across the academic year; and to supervise a number of pre-allocated third-year dissertations. There may also be opportunities to contribute to existing core methods courses at UG and MA level. An explanation of the degree course structure and indicative lists of modules can be found at

You will be joining a team of early modern historians whose interests range from science and patronage, poverty and charity, literacy and beliefs, landscape and environment, colonialism and settlement in the New World, global exploration and encounters with indigenous peoples ( The early modern area also has a strong concentration of PhD students, with around one-third of our current students studying topics based in the period c.1500-1800.

Interviews are likely to take place in mid June, this is a fixed term post from 1 September 2015 for one year.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

For further information and to apply online please click the apply button on this page.

Lancaster University – ensuring equality of opportunity and celebrating diversity.

2 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Due: 30 June

The Collaborative Research Center 1095 Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, is at the earliest convenience offering two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (Postdoc, E 13 TV-G-U, 100%) for the studies in Medieval Cultures to start as soon as possible. The fellowships are limited until 31 December 2018.

The CRC Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes supports comparative research in cultural modes of stabilisation and transformation. The Research Center is based on the working hypothesis that the combination of two fields of observation are peculiarly revealing for the diachronic and synchronic comparison of cultures: A culture’s organisation of resources (what is considered a resource and how are the respective – material or immaterial – goods distributed?) and a culture’s discourses on weakness (how are deficits modelled and how do these discursive models shape political-social practice?). For the time being, participants are historians, economic historians, ethnologists, philosophers, legal historians and sinologists; research fellows from other disciplines (e.g. literary studies, art history) are expressly welcome.


The medieval project focusses on a macro historical discussion currently vivid throughout the disciplines of medieval research. In detail, it analyses the relation between the organisation of marriage, family and kinship on the one hand and the emergence of political and social institutions on the other. Within this broad macro historical perspective the fellows are expected to follow their own research interests. The project welcomes interests in a broad range of European regions, media or epochs. Experience in the Collaborative Research Center’s field of research is welcome, but not mandatory.

For more info go here.