Lead Research Fellow

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Website The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM)

Position Summary
The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts is seeking a qualified New Testament Greek scholar to serve in the role of Lead Research Fellow. The Lead Research Fellow will participate in organizational research projects, image archiving, writing projects for publication, presentations at scholarly conferences, and leading digitization expeditions. This member of the CSNTM Research Team provides primary support for the post-processing, examination, cataloging, transcription, and study of conventional and multispectral images of New Testament manuscript artifacts. They will participate in teaching the general public online, in person, and through publishing. Extensive travel required.

CSNTM is a non-profit organization based in Plano, TX with a mission to preserve handwritten copies of the Greek New Testament using high-resolution digital imaging and share the manuscript images online in a freely accessible library. CSNTM also, through study and cooperation with other institutes, works toward determining the wording of the autographa of the New Testament.

These documents are foundational for New Testament scholarly research and all modern Bible translations. Our work directly serves New Testament scholars and students, Bible translators, art historians, pastors, and many others. Our work educates people about the history of the Bible, supports improvements in Bible translations, and provides answers for many of today’s most significant questions about the Bible.

If interested, please email a cover letter and résumé by email to both Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, CSNTM’s Executive Director, at [email protected], and Mark Gaither at [email protected] Begin the subject line with: LRF2021.


  • PhD (or ABD) required
  • MDiv or equivalent required
  • ThM preferred
  • Working knowledge of Greek required
  • Comfortable learning emerging technologies
  • Working knowledge of Latin, Coptic, or Syriac desired
  • Working knowledge of German or Modern Greek a plus

Personal Qualities

  • Diligent, self-starter
  • Collaborative, team-oriented
  • Detail-oriented
  • Adaptable to cross-cultural contexts
  • Well organized
  • Intellectually curious
  • Positive attitude
  • Teachable

Essential Functions (some will require training)

  • Lead expeditions: preparing equipment, cultivating relationships with holding institutions, training staff and volunteers on conventional digitization and multispectral imaging processes; on-site digitizing manuscripts, supervising team, exercising quality-control on images
  • Draft proposals to holding institutions for manuscript digitization by CSNTM
  • Join pre-digitization expeditions as required to examine manuscripts, prepare metadata documents, and build goodwill with holding institution staff
  • Assist with the post-processing and cataloging of manuscript images
  • Help maintain an in-house manuscript database with locations, metadata, and other relevant information, which guides the Center’s expedition planning
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and other Research Fellows on the transcriptions of Greek New Testament manuscripts
  • Present papers at academic conferences with a view toward publication and represent CSNTM when not presenting
  • Assist Internship Coordinator on leading students and volunteers in collation and Scripture-indexing, intern assignments, grading, seminars, and intern meetings
  • In collaboration with other staff, research, draft, edit, and proofread written pieces for the newsletter, CSNTM Web site, and other publications for non-scholars

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to research and write articles for peer review and publication
  • Proven ability to present at academic conferences
  • Comfortable learning and using computer and emerging electronic technologies
  • Can teach and write for non-scholarly audiences
  • Works collaboratively within a multidiscipline team
  • Able to travel without restriction within the United States and internationally

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance (employer covers 75% of premium for you and your dependents)
  • Life Insurance ($10,000 covered by CSNTM), additional plans available
  • Retirement: 401(K) and employer matching contributions (up to 5%)
  • Paid time off: 15 days plus 10 paid company holidays

To apply

Submit at least two writing samples, 1 academic, 1 popular

Submit a video of teaching

Include 4 references (2 professional & 2 personal)


To apply for this job email your details to mgaither@csntm.org