University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Researcher in Historical Linguistics

Researcher in Historical Linguistics

Faculty of Classics, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU

The Faculty of Classics invites applications for a Researcher on the ERC Advanced Grant (885040) “Crossreads” reporting to the Principal Investigator Professor Jonathan Prag. This full-time post is fixed-term, running for six months from May 2024 to November 2024.

‘Crossreads: Text, materiality, and multiculturalism at the crossroads of the ancient Mediterranean' (https: // is a 5-year ERC funded project. Developing and analysing a comprehensive corpus of all the written (epigraphic) documents from the island, the project will offer the first coherent account of the interactions and interplay of linguistic and textual material culture in ancient Sicily over a period of 1,500 years. Crossreads builds upon the initial work of the I.Sicily project (https:// and https: // and exploits a variety of digital humanities tools and methods for both data publishing and data analysis.

This post is integral to the historical linguistic work-package. A researcher with a background in historical linguistics will spend 6 months investigating the development and interaction of languages in use on the island in antiquity and will be responsible for completing the linguistic annotation of the I.Sicily corpus. The successful candidate will have, or be close to completion of, a doctorate in a related field; a high level of linguistic competence in both Ancient Greek and Latin; a background in Greek and/or Latin linguistics, including an understanding of the principles of dependency grammar; and experience of, or demonstrable ability to work with, digital linguistic corpora and associated digital research tools and methods.

This is a unique opportunity to develop and work with an original and substantial corpus of material in the study of the linguistic and cultural history of a key region of the ancient Mediterranean, developing independent research as part of a larger, multidisciplinary team.

About you

The successful candidate will have, or be close to completion of, a doctorate in a related field; high level competency in ancient Greek and Latin; a background in Greek and Latin linguistics; an understanding of the principles of dependency grammar; and experience of, or demonstrable ability to work with, digital linguistic corpora and associated digital research tools and methods.

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 on Friday 12 April 2024. Only applications received before this time can be considered.

Shortlisting is expected to take place the following week and interviews later in April.

Please quote Vacancy ID 171821 on all correspondence.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

Contact Person : Farishta M Naderi Vacancy ID : 171821 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 12-Apr-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £36,024 - £44,263 per annum

Job details


Researcher in Historical Linguistics


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


March 26, 2024

Application deadline

April 12, 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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