Postdoc Latin paleography and MS studies – Helsinki

The National Library of Finland, University of Helsinki, is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral researcher in Latin palaeography and manuscript studies for a fixed-term of four years, starting from 1 January 2022 (or as agreed) until 31 December 2025.

The successful candidate will join the ERC-funded Books of the Medieval Parish Church research project which seeks to understand the book provision of parish churches in the medieval kingdom of Sweden. It uses the vast collections of manuscript fragments, resulting from early-modern administrative recycling of parchment, to cast light on this poorly understood aspect of later medieval book culture. These collections are now preserved in the National Archives of Sweden and the National Library of Finland, home of the project. The project divides into two main parts. In the first part, we seek to connect the fragmentarily preserved books to their medieval homes by analysing the process of their early-modern recycling with the help of a purpose-built database. The second part examines the production histories of the manuscripts.

The main task of the successful candidate will be to contribute to the second part of the project with palaeographical and codicological research. An important goal will be identifying and contextualising production groups of manuscripts, but the overall scope of the research will be agreed upon with the successful candidate. The successful applicant must have completed a doctoral degree which demonstrates excellent skills in Latin palaeography and codicology. The degree can be from any relevant discipline, such as history, Latin philology or art history. Good overall understanding of high- and late medieval European history and book history is expected.

The annual gross monthly salary range will be €3,400–3,700 per month, depending on the merits and experience of the successful candidate according to the salary system applied in Finnish universities. There will be a six-month trial period for the position. Applications are due by 30 September 2021.

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