Jobs and Research Openings

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  1. The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago invites applications for the Oriental Institute’s Annual Post-Doctoral Fellow Conference program for the 2020–2022 academic years.  This is a twenty-four-month, non-renewable appointment. During the first year the Post-Doctoral Fellow will organize and conduct a two-day conference on key comparatively oriented theoretical or methodological issues in the field of ancient studies (archaeological, text-based, and/or art historical avenues of research). We encourage cross-disciplinary proposals that deal with the ancient Near East (including Egypt) or that compare the Near East with other cultural areas. The conference will take place in early March 2021. Following the conference, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will help assemble and edit the proceedings for publication in the “Oriental Institute Seminars” series. During the second year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist in organizing a series of faculty seminars at the Oriental Institute and may have the opportunity to teach one quarter-length course on a topic of his or her choosing. The incumbent is also encouraged to pursue his or her own research while in residence and to interact with the Oriental Institute community. Review of applications will begin on Monday, January 13th, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is September 1st, 2020. Posted October 30, 2019.
  2. Brandeis University invites applications to fill the Robert and Myra Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Chair in Christian Studies, starting July 1, 2020. This is an open-rank, permanent position in the School of Arts and Sciences to be housed in a department (or departments) appropriate to the candidate’s discipline and area of research. We especially encourage applications from scholars of early Christianity with a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean or on Coptic, Syriac, or Arabic-speaking Christians in the first millennium CE. Through this appointment, we aim to expand Classical Studies at Brandeis and to complement our existing course offerings in Mediterranean studies, early Islam, and early Judaism. Prospective candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, writing sample of approximately 30 pages, a course syllabus, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references via Academic Jobs Online. The cover letter should address the applicant’s scholarly accomplishments, experience and philosophy of teaching, and projected research trajectory. First consideration will be given to applications received by Friday, October 25, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Further inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Prof. Carl Sharif El-Tobgui. Posted September 26, 2019.
  3. Call for Applications: 2 postdoctoral positions (9 and 12 months respectively) for the project “Avicenna East & West I: Commentaries on the Qaṣīdat al-nafs” (FRS-FNRS; UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium). Starting date: Jan. 1, 2020. Review of applications will start on October 1, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. Posted September 7, 2019.
  4. The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, announces a search for a tenure-track position in Assyriology and Cuneiform Studies with interests that engage broader cultural and intellectual traditions, are transdisciplinary in scope, and grounded in philological expertise. The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor to be filled effective July 1, 2020. Applications are invited from all scholars with research and teaching interests in Akkadian language and literature. Candidates will teach (or develop) a variety of classes including general education courses as well as graduate seminars in Akkadian language and literature. Research interests in the ancient Mesopotamian world should include interaction with several of the following areas: empire and society (economies, social identity, and migration); religions; and ancient sciences and medicine. Candidates should be able to contribute to Digital Humanities and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (a joint project of the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Oxford, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin). The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. Posted August 13, 2019.