Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy (c. 1350-c. 1650)

University of Leeds
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies invites applications for one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to be held from January 2017 for 36 months within the project Petrarch commentary and exegesis in Renaissance Italy (c. 1350-c. 1650), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

This project, led by Prof. Simon Gilson (Warwick), Dr Federica Pich (Leeds) and Dr Guyda Armstrong (Manchester), runs for three years from 1 January 2017 and is a collaboration between academic and library staff at Warwick, Leeds, Manchester and the John Rylands Research Institute. One researcher is sought at Leeds for this period, preferably beginning 1 January 2017. A researcher will also be recruited to work with the team at Warwick.

The project aims to reconstruct the corpus of Italian Petrarch commentary and exegesis and to provide analysis in terms of genres, contents (including paratextual materials), readerships, and contexts in a variety of settings – academies, courts, universities, coteries of scholars, the print shop. The project proposes to create the first freely available on-line census that will offer a searchable catalogue of all the Italian language commentaries and other main kinds of exegesis on Petrarch between 1350 and 1650. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow’s main duties will be to assist in the preparation of the census and to undertake research publications related to the analysis of Petrarch exegesis and commentary.

Applicants will be expected to have obtained or expect to shortly obtain a PhD with specialisation in an aspect of Italian Studies or field relevant to the project.

Interviews will be held on 28 September 2016.

Salary: £31,656 to £37,768 per annum

Reference: AHCLC1002

Closing date: 11 September 2016

Please indicate in your application or cover letter whether you intend to apply for i) the Leeds post only or ii) the Leeds and Warwick position.

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Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Federica Pich, tel +44 (0)113 343 3589, email