University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Departmental Lecturer in Medieval Irish Language and Literature

United Kingdom

Closing in 15 days

Departmental Lecturer in Medieval Irish Language and Literature

Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, Walton Street, and Faculty of English Language and Literature, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1

Contract type

Fixed Term (3 years) from 1 October 2024 to 30 September 2027


Full time

About the role

The Humanities Division, University of Oxford wishes to appoint a Departmental Lecturer in Medieval Irish Language and Literature for a fixed term of three years starting on 1 October 2024.

The person appointed will be expected to be able to Lecture, tutor, and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students, specifically introductory and advanced medieval Irish for the Irish core courses in the MSt and MPhil in Celtic Studies, for the Celtic and Irish pathways in the MSt and MPhil in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, and for Irish special subjects in the Faculty of English, as well as special subjects in Irish and Celtic literature for the MSt and MPhil in Celtic Studies. In addition, the appointed person will conduct research, and will undertake administration including, but not limited to, participating in the annual admissions exercises and acting as assessor for undergraduate and graduate examinations.

The successful candidate should normally have received the degree of PhD in the field of Irish Literature before 1700, or at least have submitted a completed doctoral dissertation for examination by the closing date for applications to this post. Candidates must have an outstanding research record appropriate to the stage of their career with evidence of, or evidence of potential for producing, significant research in the field. They must provide evidence of the ability to provide excellent teaching and must have the ability and willingness to assume pastoral responsibilities associated with undergraduate and graduate teaching, and to act as an assessor at graduate and undergraduate level.

The duties and skills required are described in further detail in the job description.

Application process

For your online application, you will be required to upload your curriculum vitae and a supporting statement, setting out how you meet the selection criteria for the post, using examples of your skills and experience. As part of your application you will be asked to provide details of two referees and indicate whether we can contact them now.

For further details, please refer to the How to apply section of the job description. Any further enquires may be directed to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon (UK time) on Friday 8 March 2024. Only applications received before this time can be considered.

Interviews are likely to be held later in March.

Please quote Vacancy ID 170913 on all correspondence.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

Contact Person : HR Officer Vacancy ID : 170913 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 08-Mar-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £36,024 - £44,263 per annum

Job details


Departmental Lecturer in Medieval Irish Language and Literature


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


February 10, 2024

Application deadline

March 08, 2024

Job type



Arts and Culture,Linguistics,Literature,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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