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Harvard University Seeks Researcher for the Fionn Cycle Folklore Project

Thursday, September 17, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ben Bridges
The Fionn Cycle Folklore Project at Harvard University announces a vacancy for a Research Associate (full-time, limited term position for a postdoctoral applicant) or Research Assistant (part-time, limited term position for a graduate student or applicant without a PhD).

The Fionn Cycle Folklore Project is constructing a trilingual (Gaeilge / Gàidhlig / English) online database of folklore about Fionn and the Fianna collected in Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Canada, and the United States.

Term: The position is for the 
2020–21 academic year. The start date and length of the appointment are flexible. Appointments usually last between four and eight months and may be renewable up to twelve months, depending on project need and subject to a performance review.

Location: Remote/work from home. Local residency is not required.

Duties: Duties will include some or a
ll of the following:

  • Verifying data converted by web developers for presentation on the website (e.g. personal names, places)
  • Creating editorial content for the website (e.g. tale descriptions)
  • Translating labels and editorial content
  • Biographical research to enhance records of people in the database
  • Project publicity


  • Strong proficiency in Modern Irish and/or Scottish Gaelic
  • Close attention to detail and above-average computer/digital literacy
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Authorization to work in the United States (e.g. US Citizen; Green Card holder; existing work visa holder). A new work visa will not be issued for this position.

Assets: The following are not required, but please mention if applicable.
  • Previous experience working with database records, whether as an academic researcher or a content creator
  • Previous experience working with folklore, Irish/Scottish Gaelic place names, or genealogy (e.g. Irish census data)
  • Previous study of Fionn Cycle narrative
  • Translation experience

Questions? Contact Dr. Natasha Sumner (Project Director) at Please apply at your earliest convenience at https
:// The posting will remain open until filled.

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