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MHRA Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL25686

Department: School of English & Drama
Salary: £36,098 per annum pro rata (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL25686
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 27-Jul-2021
Closing date: 24-Aug-2021

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The School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA), funded by the Modern Humanities Research Association, to work on an edition of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer. The PDRA will work under the guidance of Professor Julia Boffey.

The post is for research assistance with the final stages of preparing material for a new edition of the works of Chaucer, to be published by Cambridge University Press. The edition is collaborative, involving contributions from a team of twenty-five contributors working under the guidance of two general editors, and will appear in two parts: a scholarly edition and a student edition. As one of the general editors, Professor Boffey will in 2021-22 oversee the collation of all parts of the edition.

The PDRA will provide research assistance with various tasks to ensure the timely and efficient delivery of materials to the publisher. The work will include collating submissions from contributing editors, checking the completed texts and apparatus, following up on queries identified in the checking process, organizing the bibliography, contributing to the introductory material, and checking all parts of the work for accuracy and consistency.

One essential pre-requisite is a knowledge of Chaucer’s works and the wider field of Middle English literature. Some understanding of the practices and conventions of editing is highly desirable. Experience of working with Middle English manuscripts, and some understanding of Latin, are also desirable.

About You

The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant area which will have been awarded before the start of the role. Relevant subject areas include but are not limited to: Middle English literature, textual editing, Middle English manuscripts and codicology.

About the Project

The appointment is being funded by the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA). The MHRA exists to promote high-quality scholarship in English and the Modern Languages. It does this by publishing journals and monographs and by supporting major research projects. The successful applicant will hold the title 'MHRA Research Associate'.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme, staff networks and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is part time (17.5 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 1 year, with an expected start date of 1 September 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 4, point 29 £36,098 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Julia Boffey at


To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 24th August 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter

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