Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fitzjames Research Fellow in English - Oxford University


Merton College proposes to elect a Fitzjames Research Fellow in Old and Middle English for four years commencing on 1 October 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is intended as a career development post, which will provide a promising academic with opportunities to devote a substantial proportion of time to research and to develop skills in teaching and the academic administration of English and of the wider college.

Criteria for appointment

To be eligible to apply for this Fitzjames Research Fellowship, candidates should:
 Be at an early stage of an academic career, typically at postdoctoral level or equivalent
 Be aspiring to a substantive academic appointment and have career development needs which this Fitzjames Research Fellowship would address

To be successful, candidates will also need to demonstrate that they meet the following

selection criteria:

(i) Achievement (commensurate with the candidate‟s career) in a field of research in Old or Middle English at a standard which will contribute to and enhance the national and international profile of English at Oxford, as demonstrated by a completed doctoral thesis; and/or published or forthcoming work; evidence of future research plans; and evidence of active participation in conferences, seminars and other research meetings. (It is expected that the successful candidate will make a contribution to the College‟s REF 2013 return.

(ii) Ability or potential to be an effective and inspiring teacher of English, particularly to undergraduates of high ability in a tutorial system, especially in the range of papers indicated in 3 b) below, along with the personal qualities needed to foster a high level of achievement in both graduate and undergraduate students.
(iii) An informed interest in the full range of academic duties, besides research and teaching, upon which the effective operation of English as a subject within the College depends, including subject-related administration, the pastoral care of students, and participation in outreach work aimed at widening access to Oxford.
(iv) Willingness to undertake the wider duties and obligations of a Fellow of the
College, as set out in Section 4 below. (v) Commitment to defining and pursuing a personal career development plan during tenure of this post.

Nature of the appointment

The post is a fixed-term College appointment for four years. It is College policy to attempt to advance the careers of academics at an early stage in their career by electing suitable candidates to Fitzjames Research Fellowships. It is an integral feature of Fitzjames Research Fellowships that they are time-limited and cannot be renewed so that this policy can be implemented for a continuous succession of academic staff.

The main responsibilities of the Research Fellow will be as follows:

(a) To share in the organisational responsibility for the undergraduate school of English.
(b) To provide tutorial teaching for up to an average of up to six hours per week in each week of full term in two and preferably more of the following papers in Medieval English: in Mods (first year) papers 3a (Old English) and 3b (Middle English); Finals papers 3a and 3b

(Medieval English Literature) and some medieval options in papers 7 (Special Authors) and 8 (Special Topics). An ability to contribute to the teaching of Mods (first year) paper 1 (Introduction to Literary Studies) would also be an advantage.
(c) Where the Tutorial Fellow and Research Fellow are not able to provide tuition personally in a subject, it will be their responsibility to ensure that tutorials are arranged with suitable tutors at other colleges, where possible on an exchange basis.
(d) The Research Fellow is expected to participate fully in College Admissions procedures, including Open Days and interviewing, and in the setting and marking of the College‟s internal examinations („Collections‟). The role of the Research Fellow will involve administration (e.g. the planning and organisation of students‟ subject options; the endorsement of applications made by pupils for vacation residence, travel grants and other College assistance; the writing of references; the selection of books for the College Library etc.).
(e) The Research Fellow may be required to deputise for the Tutorial Fellows in English at the Warden and Tutors‟ Committee meetings (held at 1.15 p.m. on the Wednesdays of Weeks 1,
2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 of each term) and must be present to report on pupils‟ performance to the Warden at special meetings (known as Undergraduate Progress Meetings), which each undergraduate is obliged to attend once a year.
(f) The Research Fellow is expected to undertake pastoral responsibilities and will receive an entertainment allowance. Attendance is strongly encouraged at College events such as the Matriculation dinner (for all freshers), Postmasters‟ Dinner (a dinner for scholar and exhibitioner undergraduates), and the Shrove Tuesday Dinner (a dinner for finalists).

The stipend for the Fitzjames Research Fellowship will be £27,006 p.a.


Those wishing to apply for this post should send:

 a brief curriculum vitae incorporating a publications list
 a sample of their recent written work (e.g. an article or thesis chapter)
 a research proposal for the four years covered by the Fitzjames Research Fellowship
 a statement of their teaching range in relation to the needs of the College, specified in 3b) above
 a completed application summary sheet (Appendix A)
to The Warden, Merton College, Oxford OX1 4JD, by noon on Wednesday 2 March 2011.
Alternatively, applications may be sent electronically to the Sub-Warden‟s Secretary (e-mail:

Any enquiries related to these Further Particulars should be directed in the first instance to the
Senior Tutor, Dr Trudy Watt (Telephone: 01865 286505 or e-mail:

Please quote on your application when applying for this fellowship

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