Junior Research Fellowship in Slavonic Languages

Deadline: 5 November 2015
Open to: applicants with PhD engaged in literary, linguistic or cultural studies research in Slavonic languages
Fellowship: total salary package of £27,236 per annum plus generous additional benefits


University College Oxford invites applications for a Junior Research Fellowship in Russian and/or other Slavonic Languages. The Fellowship will be tenable for a period of three years starting on 1 October 2016. Candidates should be engaged in literary, linguistic or cultural studies research related to the period 1800 to present. Preference may be given to candidates whose research focusses on Russian, Czech, Slovak or Polish. Candidates whose research is primarily in the field of history will not be considered.

 Junior Research Fellowships are intended to provide opportunities for outstanding academics at the beginning of their careers.  Univ has at any time between 8 and 10 JRFs.  The College has one permanent Associate Professor in Russian, Professor Polly Jones, a Senior College Lecturer in Czech (with Slovak), Dr Zuzana Rihova, and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Russian, Dr Samantha Sherry. The primary duty of the postholder is to carry out research, but most JRFs offer a limited amount of teaching for the College, in the interest of their career development.


The primary criterion for appointment to the Junior Research Fellowship will be research excellence. Candidates must:

  • Have a strong academic record;
  • Be approaching the end of their doctoral research or have recently completed their doctorate;
  • Have research expertise as established by publications, or demonstrate promise of such achievement;
  • Have a coherent plan of research for the duration of the fellowship.

The potential to become an effective teacher will be a secondary consideration. Candidates must be confident that they will have obtained their doctorate by the start of their appointment. This position is not intended for those who have already held another stipendiary JRF or equivalent or for those who obtained their doctorate more than two years prior to the application date (except in exceptional circumstances).


The current stipend is £22,029 per annum, which would be reduced by the amount of salary support received from any other source, with a minimum stipend of £2,500 plus housing allowance.  Free meals and free single accommodation in College will be offered if available, or a housing allowance in lieu (£5,207 pa).  The total salary package is therefore £27,236, plus generous additional benefits, including an academic allowance (£2,200), an entertainment allowance (£183), membership of USS and private health insurance.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 5 November 2015. Candidates should send their application form to: Academic Services Manager, University College, Oxford OX1 4BH (fax: 01865 276790, tel: +44 (0)1865 276951; by email: recruitment@univ.ox.ac.uk). Applicants should arrange for three referees to send their references to the Academic Services Manager by the same date. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on Friday 27 November 2015.

Selected candidates will be asked to submit written work, which may be one or two published or submitted articles, or a chapter from their thesis.  Applicants should indicate on their application form which material they propose to submit, if invited to do so, but should not at this stage submit any written work.

Candidates are asked to complete and return the Recruitment Monitoring Form for the post.  This will be dealt with anonymously and separately from the recruitment process.  If preferred, you may print and send a hard copy to:  Equality Officer, University College, High Street, Oxford  OX1 4BH.

For more information please visit the official website.

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