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Research Associate
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-07417

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/12/2015

Salary: £30,738 to £37,768 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

Division: -

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: From 1 February 2016 until 31 January 2017

The Hippocratic Aphorisms have exerted a singular influence over generations of physicians both in the East and in the West. Galen (d. c. 216) produced an extensive commentary on this text, as did other medical authors writing in Greek, Latin, Arabic and Hebrew. The Arabic tradition is particularly rich, with more than a dozen commentaries extant in over a hundred manuscripts. The present project breaks new ground by conducting an in-depth study of this tradition through a highly innovative methodology: it approaches the available evidence as a corpus, to be consulted electronically, and to be analysed in an interdisciplinary way. Professor Peter E Pormann has obtained €1.5m from the European Research Council, and he will be the project head.

Your main tasks will be to edit and proof the corpus of Arabic commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms; to conduct high-level research on it, aided by a variety of IT tools.

You will have a good command of classical Arabic, a Doctorate on a topic related to the project and previous research experience involving either medieval Arabic manuscripts or Graeco-Arabic studies. In addition, we expect you to be able to transcribe medieval Arabic manuscripts from a wide variety of origins and scripts (eg nas?, magribi, nasta’liq) and be familiar with standard IT packages, with a willingness to work with Macs and Mellel.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates are currently under-represented at this level in this area, we would particularly welcome applications from BME applicants. All appointments will be made on merit.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Professor Peter E Pormann, Director of the John Rylands Research Institute and Professor of Classics and Graeco-Arabic Studies


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

Date of external posting: Thursday 19 November 2015

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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