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Research Associate - Hebrew Manuscripts (part time)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-06441

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/06/2015

Salary: £30,434 to £37,394 pro rata per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

Division: -

Hours per week: 0.50 FTE

Contract Duration: from 01/09/2015 until 28/02/2018

School / Directorate: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

You will be a Research Associate to catalogue and promote the University of Manchester Library’s outstanding collections of codices, scrolls and other manuscripts in Hebrew script. You will produce an online catalogue compliant with current cataloguing and metadata standards (in particular TEI P5) and will also promote the collections within the University and amongst diverse other audiences. The Principal Investigator for this project is Dr Renate Smithuis, Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies at The University of Manchester.

You will have a Ph.D. in Jewish studies or a related area, ideally dealing with Jewish book culture, possess an excellent command of Hebrew and have extensive experience of cataloguing manuscripts in Hebrew script. Knowledge of other languages written in Hebrew will be a distinct advantage. In addition, you will be highly motivated and enthusiastic, have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, and be able to work independently to meet strict deadlines.

The John Rylands Research Institute was established in 2013 as a unique partnership between The University of Manchester Library (one of the largest academic library services in the UK) and the University’s Faculty of Humanities. It activity extends across all the University’s faculties and is truly interdisciplinary. The Institute aims to uncover, explore, unravel and reveal hidden ideas and knowledge contained within our world-leading Special Collections. We are creating an international community of scholars and researchers across many disciplines, to support research and to bring this information to the wider academic community and public.

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, the University of Manchester will not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position. All non EU/EEA candidates must have valid immigration status and/or a UK visa valid for the duration of the contract in order to be considered for this appointment.

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:

Dr Renate Smithuis, Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

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

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