Post-doctoral Cataloging Fellowship at HMML

Post-doctoral Cataloging Fellowship at HMML May 14, 2016

Post-doctoral Cataloging Fellowship at HMML


The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Cataloging beginning as soon as July 1, 2016. The Fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation within a larger project to catalog recently digitized Eastern Christian manuscripts.

Under the guidance of Dr. Anton Pritula, Lead Cataloger of Eastern Christian Manuscripts, the Cataloging Fellow will undertake original cataloging of digital manuscript surrogates at HMML as well as revision of existing cataloging. Most of these manuscripts are unknown to the larger scholarly world. The Fellow will therefore not only deepen skills in manuscript description but will also have the opportunity to discover and study previously unknown manuscripts.

The Fellowship is full-time, and residency at HMML for the term of the fellowship is required. The Cataloging Fellow will report to the Lead Cataloger of Eastern Christian Manuscripts. The Fellowship offers an annual stipend of $40,000 plus fringe benefits, including participation in Saint John’s University employee medical and dental insurance plans.



  1. Original cataloging of Arabic (including Garshuni), Syriac, and possibly Coptic manuscripts from HMML’s digitization projects in the Middle East, India, and Africa.
  2. Correction and standardization of existing cataloging.



  1. Earned doctorate in history, theology, classics, Semitic languages, or cognate field.
  1. Knowledge of Arabic (including Garshuni) and Syriac, and associated literatures; familiarity with Arabic literature beyond the Christian tradition is desirable. Coptic is not required but would be a desirable.
  1. Direct experience of research using manuscripts, and ideally of description/cataloging of manuscripts.
  1. Experience with digital research in the humanities; ease with the use of common software and ability to understand and work with HMML’s digital platforms and tools.
  1. Good communication skills in both written and spoken English.
  1. Attention to detail; accuracy and thoroughness in work habits; ability to manage multiple, complex tasks.



Applications are accepted online at Applicants are asked to submit the online application form, a letter of interest indicating skills and experience relevant to the position, a curriculum vitae, and the names of two scholars whom we can contact for further information about suitability for the position.


Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but to ensure fullest consideration applicants should apply by June 6, 2016. Any questions about the fellowship can be sent to Columba Stewart, OSB (


Women, individuals of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Saint John’s University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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