Post-doc: 3 position, 3-year contracts, ERC Advanced project 740618: The origin and early development of philosophy in tenth-century al-Andalus: the impact of ill-defined materials and channels of transmission (2017-2022), Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Deadline: 10 November 2017
PhilAnd is a five-year Advanced ERC project to start in October 2017 at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) under the supervision of Prof. Godefroid de Callataÿ. The objective of PhilAnd is to conduct a large-scale exploration of how, and under which form, philosophy appeared for the first time in al-Andalus. At the crossroads of several major lines of enquiries in modern scholarship and in line with recent discoveries having important chronological implications, PhilAnd focuses on the 10th century, a period usually disregarded by historians on the assumption that philosophy as such was not cultivated in the Iberian Peninsula before the 11th-12th centuries. Its originality is also to put emphasis on ‘ill-defined’ materials and channels of transmission, a field which remains largely unexplored. PhilAnd will be conducted in partnership with the Warburg Institute (University of London).
As part of this project, three post-doc positions of three years each (to start from 2 January 2018) are offered at the UCL in relation with the three following sub-projects (SP):
1) the Ikhwān al-Ṣafā’: This SP will aim at producing a comprehensive survey of all the elements which are likely to inform us about the chronology of redaction and – where applicable – of introduction into al-Andalus of the three works that have commonly been ascribed in sources to this most influential group of thinkers known as Ikhwān al-Ṣafā’ (‘The Brethren of Purity’), namely: a) the Rasā’il (‘the Epistles’); b) the Risāla Jāmi‘a (‘The Comprehensive Epistle’) and, c) the Risāla Jāmi‘at al-Jāmi‘a (‘The Super-Comprehensive Epistle’). This chronology is currently far from clear.
2) Ibn Waḥshiyya and the Nabatean Corpus: This SP aims to evaluate the impact of the Filāḥa Nabaṭiyya (‘The Nabatean Agriculture’), a complex and enigmatic Arabic treatise on agriculture written in the Orient, on the development of both Islamic and Jewish Neoplatonism in al-Andalus from the 10th to the 12th century. The focus will be on the reception of the ‘philosophical’ and bāṭinī (rather than agronomical) aspects of the work, with the aim of understanding why this notoriously esoteric work remained so influential even to Jewish thinkers like Judah Halevi and Maimonides.
3) Ibn Masarra: This SP will lead to the first monograph entirely devoted to Ibn Masarra’s Kitāb khawāṣṣ al-ḥurūf (‘The Book of the Properties of Letters’), consisting of an extensively annotated translation of this mystical treatise, together with an in-depth exploration of its place in the history of ‘ilm al-ḥurūf, the Islamic science of letters – including its links with the Jewish Kabbala – up to the time of Ibn ‘Arabī. This will fill an important gap and provide a valuable resource for the study of Islamic mysticism in al-Andalus.
The qualifications required for any of these sub-projects are:
- a PhD in Islamic Studies, in Middle Eastern Studies, or related fields;
- an excellent command of Classical Arabic (the knowledge of additional languages such as ancient Greek, Latin and in particular Hebrew is considered an advantage);
- a first-rate track record and research experience;
- publications of articles in peer-reviewed international journals or monographs with recognized academic publishers;
- academic writing and presentation skills in English (the working language of the project);
- the ability to work both individually and as part of a team.
These three post-doc positions are full-time equivalent. They are offered for a period of 12 months, renewable twice (three years in total) upon good performance. The post-docs retained will be required to reside in Belgium for the whole period of their fellowship. They will be asked to contribute to the intellectual life of the ERC project and of the UCL.
How to apply?
Applications should be made via pdf files and contain the following:
(1) a cover letter setting out the candidate’s qualifications and motivation for applying for one of the three positions offered (maximum 2 pages);
(2) a curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages);
(3) a list of publications;
(4) two samples of published work (articles, chapters) in pdf (preferably in English);
(5) a transcript of grades and/or copy of the PhD certificate;
(6) the name (with title, affiliation and email) of four people who have accepted to be contacted as potential referees.
Applications should be made electronically and sent to the following address:
The application deadline is 10 November 2017
Interviews will be arranged between 4 and 6 December 2017.
Candidates selected for the interviews will be contacted by mid-November 2017, and asked to write a short research design on a topic to be announced at that moment.
Employment should become effective from 2 January 2018.
Call for Applications: Visiting fellowships 2018 (1–4 months), Ptolemaus Arabus et Latinus Project, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Munich
Deadline: 1 October 2017
The project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus (PAL) is dedicated to the edition and
study of the Arabic and Latin versions of Ptolemy’s astronomical and astrological texts
and related material. These include works by Ptolemy or attributed to him,
commentaries thereupon and other works that are of immediate relevance to
understanding Ptolemy’s heritage in the Middle Ages and the early modern period up
to 1700 A.D.
The project is hosted by the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Munich for a
period of 25 years from 2013 to 2037. It is supervised by Prof. Dr. Dag Nikolaus
Hasse (University of Würzburg) and carried out by five scholars, including two
research leaders, Dr. David Juste and Dr. Benno van Dalen, two post-doctoral
researchers and one doctoral student.
We welcome applications for visiting fellowships tenable in Munich for a period of one
to four months between 1 January and 30 November 2018. The next round of visiting
fellowships is planned for 2020.
-The fellowships amount to € 3100 per month for senior scholars (PhD degree
awarded before 1 January 2013), € 2600 per month for post-docs (PhD degree
awarded after 31 December 2012) and € 1300 per month for doctoral students. In
special cases an additional travel grant may be awarded to overseas applicants. The
fellowships are not liable to taxation in Germany and do not include health
insurance or social benefits.
-Fellows will be offered office facilities at the Bayerische Akademie der
Wissenschaften in Munich, together with the research team, and are expected to
work in Munich most of the time. Fellows will be given access to the research
facilities of the project, including the project’s collection of manuscript
reproductions, and to the research libraries in Munich.
-Fellows are expected to do research in an area relevant to the project and to share
their experience and insights with the other members of the research team.
Research proposals to deal with Ptolemaic sources in languages other than Arabic
and Latin (especially Greek, Syriac, Hebrew and Persian) are also welcome.
-Applications should be sent in English to Prof. Dr. Dag Nikolaus Hasse by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 1 October 2017. Applications should include a complete CV with a list of publications and a research proposal of no more than 500 words. Applicants are asked to state in their research proposal the preferred duration of the fellowship (one, two, three or four months) and to propose a starting date.
Receipt of the application will be acknowledged and the outcome of all applications will be notified by email no later than 31 October 2017.
For further information, please visit our website http://ptolemaeus.badw.de. For
further enquiries, contact Dr. Claudia Dorl at email@example.com.
Job: 2 positions – Research Assistant (Postdoc), Berliner Hochschulen, Technische Universität Berlin (Faculty I, Institute for Art History and Historical Urban Studies/Chair for Modern Art History)
Part-time employment may be possible
Length of contract: 01/09/17 until 31/08/2020
Reference number: I-79/17
Salary grade E13 TV-L
Closing date for applications: 21/04/17
The research cluster “Translocations” at the Institute for Art History
and Historical Urban Studies at the Technische Universität Berlin is
seeking to hire two postdoctoral researchers for its team. The project
is funded through the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Prize of the DFG,
awarded to Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy in 2016. The research cluster will
study large-scale displacements of cultural assets from antiquity to
the 20th century such as: art theft and spoliation organized by the
state in times of war and occupation, seizure of cultural goods during
colonialism, displacements as a result of a partition of excavation
discoveries or research expeditions, material diaspora of entire
civilizations expedited by the art trade, and confiscations justified
through ideology, nationalization, or en masse disposal of private
property. The key objective of “Translocations” is to compile a
comprehensive selection of historical findings in order to deliver
orientation and direction for dealing with the challenges posed by this
topic now and in the future. For further information on the research
cluster see www.kuk.tu-berlin.de/menue/translocations/parameter/en.
Working field: The candidate will have the opportunity to pursue his or
her own research interests within the context of an interdisciplinary
team and the overall research goals of the project cluster. This
includes the development and execution of both independent and
team-based studies. The candidate will independently produce work for
academic publication and work within the team on the four foundational
projects of the research cluster (a digital atlas, a virtual library, a
glossary, and an image repertory). The candidate will also be involved
in the organization of academic events and the management of the
project cluster. For further information about the position, please
contact Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy (via Eyke Vonderau:
Requirements: Candidates must have completed a university degree
(Diplom, Master, or equivalent) as well as a completed doctoral degree
(or expectedly completed until 01/09/17), in a discipline related to
the project (art history, history, archeology, area studies,
literature, cultural studies, or ethnology; depending on research
focus, candidates from the legal sciences, sociology, or other related
fields will also be considered); Research interest and academic
experience related to the topic of the project cluster; Historical
knowledge of at least one of the relevant regions and periods; Very
good English and German language skills. Proficiency in at least one
other language relevant to the project is a plus (e.g. Arabic, Chinese,
Greek, Russian, Turkish). Candidates should preferably have experience
and be comfortable working in an interdisciplinary team, and possess
excellent collaboration and communication skills.
The application materials (including an outline of 250-300 words for a
case study in the project, a cover letter, the CV, and copies of
certificates) should be sent in a single PDF file to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mark all application materials with
the reference number above. Applications by email are strongly
preferred; however, applications may also be sent per mail to
Technische Universität Berlin – Der Präsident -, Fakultät I, Institut
für Kunstwissenschaft und Historische Urbanistik, FG Kunstgeschichte,
Frau Prof. Dr. Savoy, Sekr. A 56, Straße des 17. Juni 150/152, 10623
To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by
women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired.
Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored.
Please send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.
The vacancy is also available on the internet at
Postdoctoral Fellowship at Speculum, July 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017.
Deadline: May 1, 2016.
The Medieval Society of America is searching for a one-year postdoctoral fellow to serve as editorial assistant at Speculum from July 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017.
This position offers qualified individuals an opportunity to develop as scholars and editors. The postdoc will receive a $43,000 stipend, health benefits, and limited research and travel funds.
The fellow will be expected to assume responsibilities for certain editorial tasks at Speculum 35 hours/week, including, but not limited to: coordinating reviews with book review editors; contacting reviewers; checking citations for accepted articles; proofreading reviews, Brief Notices, Books Received, and Tables of Contents; and proofing full issues of Speculum.
In addition, the assistant will be encouraged to continue to develop a research program and participate in the cultural life of medieval studies in the Boston area. The term is subject to the postdoc’s continuing, acceptable performance of the duties required, as determined by the Editor of Speculum.
Eligibility: Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements and demonstrate the following qualifications:
- PhD in some field of medieval studies before July 1, 2016 but no earlier than January 1, 2011.
- Attention to detail and evidence of a high level of scholarly precision, particularly with regards to proofreading and bibliographic detail.
- Strong work ethic
How to Apply: All interested candidates should write to Sarah Spence, Editor of Speculum (email@example.com), and should include the following:
- One-page cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Unofficial transcript
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which should directly address the applicant’s editing ability
The deadline for applications is May 1, 2016. Assistants must be resident in Cambridge, MA during the year.
Fellowships in Data Curation for Medieval Studies
Information for Applicants
The CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Medieval Studies is an expansion of the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Academic Libraries. These five, fully-funded fellowships will provide recent Ph.D.s with professional development, education, and training opportunities in data curation for Medieval Studies. Through this program, CLIR seeks to raise awareness and build capacity for sound data management practice throughout the academy.
Each fellowship is a two-year appointment, with a commensurate salary, plus benefits, and a yearly travel and research stipend.
Who May Apply
Recent Ph.D.s from any discipline with relevant expertise in Medieval Studies are encouraged to apply, so long as they meet the eligibility criteria for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
2016 Host Institutions and Position Descriptions
Fellows will be placed at research institutions throughout the United States. Additional position descriptions for 2016-2018 will be posted here.
Questions about the application process or the program should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See details on the CLIR website here.
The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies is offering post-doctoral Fellowships to be used for research at the Institute in the medieval field of the holder’s choice. The Mellon Fellowships are intended for young medievalists of exceptional promise who have completed their doctoral work within the previous five years, including those who are starting their professional academic careers. The Fellowships are valued at approximately $35,000 (CDN) and include participation in the interdisciplinary Research Seminars.
Applications for the academic year 2016-2017 should be e-mailed in PDF format (preferred) or as a Word document to the Institute Secretary at email@example.com. Reference letters may also be e-mailed directly by the referee to the Institute Secretary. Completed applications and supporting documentation must be received no later than 1 February 2016. The awarding institution must send official confirmation to the postal address below that the PhD has been examined and approved.
Application forms and further details may be obtained from the website at http://www.pims.ca/academics/mellons.html
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
59 Queen’s Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada