Research Assistant (24 Month Contract) - Department of Early Irish

Sunday, June 17, 2018
The Role 

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued.
We are seeking a Research Assistant to work in the Department of Early Irish. The position is available in the research project Medieval Irish medicine in its north-western European context: a case study of two unpublished texts (MIMNEC), funded by a Laureate Award from the Irish Research Council and led by Dr Deborah Hayden. MIMNEC aims at making progress in the study of medieval Irish medical writing through a close examination of two texts, one a tract on human anatomy and disease preserved in National Library of Scotland, Adv. MS 72. 1. 2, and the other a compendium of mostly herbal recipes for various ailments preserved in Royal Irish Academy MSS 24 B 3 and 23 N 29. Both texts provide a wealth of lexicographical information for the history of the Gaelic languages, and shed light on medieval Irish networks of learning and intellectual exchange. However, they also contain other intriguing features, such as allusions to early Irish mythological narratives, charms and versified medical recipes, that attest to a complex and dynamic relationship between inherited classical medical learning and medieval Ireland’s diverse and vibrant vernacular literary tradition. The project will take both a cross-disciplinary and a cross-linguistic approach to these and other Irish medical sources: considering, for example, their relationship to other contemporary genres of Irish-language technical or didactic writing, as well as to the extant medical texts of neighbouring regions, such as medieval Wales and Anglo-Saxon England.
The Research Assistant position will primarily involve transcribing, editing, translating and providing a contextual analysis of relevant sections of text from the medical compendium preserved in Royal Irish Academy MSS 24 B 3 and 23 N 29, as directed by the Principal Investigator, as well as entering data into an established lexicographical database. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to assist the Principal Investigator in organising an international conference and in preparing material for publication.

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