University of Oxford. Faculty of Theology and Religion in association with Oriel College.
Start date: 1 October 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter.
The University of Oxford is seeking a leading scholar of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible to fill the Oriel and Laing Professorship of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture. This is one of two full professorships in the Faculty of Theology and Religion devoted to Biblical Studies, the other being held by a scholar of the New Testament. The Oriel and Laing Professor plays a significant role in the promotion of the study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible both nationally and internationally. In making this appointment, the faculty seeks to build on its traditional strength in this field, developing the subject in explicit dialogue with cognate studies both of its ancient setting and of its formative role and influence over the centuries.
The successful candidate will have an international reputation and a record of high-level critical scholarship in an aspect of the study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, including its impact on later history; there are no prescriptions relating to the religious or confessional position of the holder. She or he will be expected to provide leadership in research in this field, developing existing interdisciplinary connections within Oxford and beyond to enhance the faculty’s research momentum and global profile. The professor will take a central role in graduate teaching (for both taught and research degrees) and will continue existing efforts to increase the strength of the cohort of graduates working on aspects of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Within a multi-disciplinary framework, the successful candidate will make a major contribution to the teaching of all mainstream and compulsory elements of the undergraduate syllabus. The faculty welcomes applications from candidates who enjoy working in an interdisciplinary way and who value reflection on the place of their work within the larger field of Theology and Religion.
Deadline for applications: Monday 14 April 2014. For more details about the post and full application instructions, see http://www.ox.ac.uk/about_the_university/jobs/fp/.
Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.