Job Posting: Research Assistant for Russian Periodicals – Remote (University of Bologna, Italy)

Deadline: May 8, 2022; Open Until Filled

“Modernizing Empires” ERC Project, University of Bologna

The University of Bologna with the European Council of Research is hiring a Research Assistant in Russian Literary and Cultural Studies. The Research Assistant will be responsible for finding, assessing and uploading digital periodicals to a database. Major tasks include data entry and materials collection. See below for a detailed description.

Applicants should be enrolled as MA or PhD students and have native or near-native command of Russian. (The ability to read Russian texts with ease is crucial.) Preferred qualifications include communicative fluency in English, familiarity with nineteenth-century orthography; experience in archival research; current research interests in nineteenth-century Russian criticism and periodicals.

The salary is 4,500 euros net for a six-month term. The expected workload is approximately 32 hours per month, which may vary according to the Assistant’s study/work schedule as long as bi-monthly milestones are met. See below for milestone details.

Both permanent employees (framed in category D and / or EP) of the University of Bologna and people who are not employed at the University of Bologna can apply for this call.

The admission requirements are as follows:

1. MA in Literary Studies or relevant fields

2. Experience and qualified professional skills gained in public bodies or

private organizations in relation to the context of archive research.

3. Excellent Russian proficiency.

4 Not having received criminal convictions and / or not having pending criminal proceedings such as

determine situations of incompatibility with the assignment to be carried out

5. Enjoyment of civil and political rights

For qualifications obtained abroad, the declaration of equivalence issued pursuant to

of the current legislation on the subject, in the absence of the aforementioned declaration, the candidates

must attach to the application an Italian translation of the foreign qualification, together with it

by self-declaration relating to the conformity of the translation itself with the original.

The deadline for applications is MAY 8, 2022. Applications may also be accepted after this date on a rolling basis.

Please send your application by email to Prof. Ozen Nergis Seckin Dolcerocca (

Please also apply through registered letter and send your application to the following address: Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna – Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne, Segreteria amministrativa, via Cartoleria 5 – 40124 Bologna

In email and registered letter please include the following:

  • Dated and signed CV (please use European Union Template format for cv: ).
  • Copies of degrees, certificates or other documentation that supports your application (e.g., BA, MA degree/transcript)
  • 1-page letter of intent which describes the applicant’s interest and experience.
  • A copy of your passport/ID Card
  • If you hold a permanent position at the University of Bologna, please include an authorization from the department chief, otherwise your application will not be considered

Please download, fill in and sign this file

Do not forget to include this file in your application. 

Please make sure to include in your application (either in CV or as additional materials) the following information:

  • surname and name;
  • date and place of birth;
  • citizenship;
  • residence and elected address for the purposes of the selection;
  • not to have received criminal convictions and to have no criminal proceedings in progress (if not, indicate which ones);
  • to possess all the admission requirements stated above

The selection will take place on the basis of the evaluation of the qualifications and will be carried out by a Commission of experts / and.

The person in charge of the selection procedure is Prof. Özen Nergis Seckin Dolcerocca.

The selection of external candidates will be made only if there is no availability of the permanent employees of the University or in the event that these are not suitable to the selection.

Applications received after the expiry date of the term will not be evaluated.

The qualifications can be self-certified by means of a substitutive declaration of notary deed or

self-certification contained in the professional curriculum.

At the end of the selection procedure, the Commission will formulate a general ranking of merit which will last for 12 months and can be used in case of renunciation of the assignment by the winner of the selection.

Results will be published at the following link:

Italian version of thisjob post: 

The position will start as soon as possible but no later than May 30. 

Working with a list of approximately 50 journals of varying print-runs, the Assistant will upload PDF-formatted journals which are available from a variety of sources. Uploading each journal issue consists of a number of sub-tasks. The first is entering into the database certain information about the journal: volume, issue, year. The second is ‘tagging’ the contents of the journal, which means categorizing each article/entry according to a provided list of categories, e.g., type, subject matter. The page range of each article must also be provided. ‘Tagging’ requires some basic knowledge of the field of nineteenth-century Russian literature, for example, knowing what counts as ‘political philosophy,’ ‘aesthetic manifesto,’ etc., although the Assistant will be in contact with support whenever questions arise. It is not necessary to read the entirety of every article to make these determinations.

In some cases, the Assistant will need to find the digital journals in order to upload them. The sources where the Assistant will search includes digital libraries, e.g., Runivers, Wikisource, Starie knigi, as well as digital collections of national and university libraries, e.g., Russian National Library, Russian State Library. The Assistant should mark those journals, years and/or issues which are not available digitally.