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Job reference: 002150
Salary: Between £38,109 - £45,953 per annum
Closing date: 17/10/2022
Department: School of Advanced Study
Location: Warburg Institute
Employment type: Fixed Term
Sub-Department: The Warburg Institute (WI)
Hours Per Week: 35

Job Description

About the Warburg Institute 

The Warburg Institute is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. Research at the Institute is cross-disciplinary and global: it is concerned with the survival and transmission of cultural forms across national borders and from the earliest times to the present. It has historic strengths in the reception of the classical tradition in the Renaissance, and has been home to some of the most innovative and influential scholars in the fields it covers. Its library holds some 360,000 volumes, stored on open shelves and structured according to Aby Warburg’s own unique scheme: it is the world’s largest collection of its kind and includes a large proportion of continental books and journals unavailable elsewhere in the UK. 

Since 1944, the Warburg Institute has been part of the University of London, one of the oldest and largest universities in the UK—and its most diverse. The Institute is a founding member of the University’s School of Advanced Study, a cluster of internationally renowned institutes that form the UK's national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities. 

The University of London 

The University of London is one of the largest and most diverse higher education institutions in the world. With a mission to transform lives through knowledge, it delivers high quality academic programmes, brings benefits to society through its research in the humanities and social sciences, and leverages intellectual connections through public engagement. 

The Role

The Warburg Institute is seeking a Research Assistant (full-time, 36 months) to conduct research on the project “Writing Bilingually, 1465-1700: Self-Translated Books in Italy and France” (Principal Investigator: Dr Sara Miglietti). Candidates must have a PhD in hand by the start of the project, in a field relevant to its remit (such as Italian Studies, Renaissance Studies, History, Classics).  


The successful candidate will be part of a research team assisting Dr Miglietti in establishing a database of prose self-translations printed in Italy and France between 1465 and 1700. You will focus primarily on the Italian side of the project, working mainly, but not exclusively, with materials printed in Latin and Italian. You will further contribute to the project’s outputs by authoring peer-reviewed articles (at least two) on selected aspects of the corpus, and by co-authoring other outputs with Dr Miglietti, including an annotated repertory of printed self-translations and an anthology of primary sources in translation.  

You will benefit from a research budget for project-related travel within and outside the UK; a conference budget to travel to selected international conferences with the rest of the team; a personal laptop; office space; full access to the resources of the Warburg Institute and the School of Advanced Study, including an unrivalled research environment and opportunities for professional growth.   

The successful candidate will have experience of academic research in areas relevant to the project, including Renaissance / early modern intellectual history and print culture. You will know how to work with and describe early printed books; you will have a demonstrable, excellent reading knowledge of Latin and Italian (modern and Renaissance); you will be digitally literate and capable of handling large data sets. Knowledge of Latin palaeography and a reading knowledge of languages other than Latin and Italian will be welcome and beneficial.  

Remuneration will be at Level 7 of the University of London’s pay scale. 

The contract runs from 4 January 2023 – 3 January 2026 with the pay spread across the period in equal monthly amounts. 

For more information contact Dr Sara Miglietti (

For a full role profile, please refer to the job description below. 

Further information 

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your CV, covering letter, AND a writing sample (max 10,000 words, preferably published - but it can be a section from your PhD thesis) before the closing date at midnight on 17 October 2022.  

The University currently operates a Hybrid Working framework involving a mix of working from remotely and in the office. Typically, the majority of employees will be able to agree to work remotely for up to 60% of their working week, role dependent, however will be required to attend on specific days for training or team meetings.  

The University of London is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive working environment where we can all be ourselves and succeed. We particularly encourage applications from members of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities as this group is currently under-represented at all levels within the University. All appointments will be made on merit, based on the criteria identified in the job description.  

Pursuing excellence in education and equal opportunities. 


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