Researcher on Greek Hagiographical Texts for “Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity” (University of Oxford)

(Source: The University of Oxford is seeking a talented and enthusiastic researcher to join the flagship project ‘The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity’.
Funded by a €2.3 million European Research Council Advanced Grant, this five-year (2014-18)
project is directed by Professor Bryan Ward-Perkins and based at the University of Oxford, with
support from partners in Warsaw and Reading. The project is investigating the origins and early
development of the cult of Christian saints.
You will work specifically with Greek hagiographical texts – Saints Lives and, above all, Martyrdoms/Passiones. The work will consist of identifying early texts (those which can reasonably be considered to date from before AD 700), analysing and describing their probable context (geographical and chronological), summarising their contents, identifying and investigating cultic information within them, and writing entries for our database (which is available on line at, where examples of entries can be viewed). All entries are attributed to their individual authors.
Though limited in scope and time, this position offers you an opportunity to share in a major electronic project, and to familiarise yourself with important, and so far under-used, sources.

Practical information
We expect to hold interviews in June; all candidates, however local to Oxford, will be interviewed by Skype. For an informal discussion about this opportunity, contact Bryan Ward-Perkins at All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence; they will not form part of the selection decision.


  • Manage own academic research, working towards the completion of the Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity database;
  • Adapt existing and develop new research methodologies and materials;
  • Prepare working theories and analyse qualitative data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining theories as appropriate;
  • Collaborate in the preparation of research publications, and book chapters ;
  • Present papers at conferences or public meetings;
  • Represent the research network at external meetings/seminars.

Click here (link) for full project description and electronic application.