Jobs and Research Openings

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  • The Institute of South and Central Asian Studies at Leipzig University seeks to fill a W3 (= full, tenured) Professorship in Indology, starting from April 1, 2021. The successful candidate is required to prove his/her outstanding achievements in the field of Indology, with a specific focus on Buddhist studies and/or religious studies. Demonstrated profound knowledge of Sanskrit is a prerequisite, of Pali a desired addition. A background in the field of digital humanities will be considered an advantage. The successful candidate’s publications, teaching activities, and extensive experience in the acquisition of research funding should demonstrate a proven ability for interdisciplinary cooperation and thematic connections with the research focus area Multiple Secularities. In-depth knowledge of innovative theories and methods at the interface of philology and area studies is essential. Applicants are asked to include a concise statement regarding their vision for the potential development of this field of research at Leipzig University (one page). Furthermore, the successful candidate will be expected to actively assist in shaping new interdisciplinary curricula in area studies in the relevant BA and MA programmes at Leipzig University. Applications should include statements on previous teaching experience, general teaching ideas, and, should they be available, teaching evaluations. Application deadline is May 1, 2020. Posted March 19, 2020.
  • National Chengchi University, Department of Chinese Literature, has an opening for an Assistant Professor with expertise in (1) Modern Chinese Literature, Sinophone Literature, (2) Chinese literature, Chinese thought, Chinese philology, with Chinese classical literature as priority. Candidates currently not holding Teacher’s Certificate shall pass the Teacher’s Qualifications Review Pursuant to the Accreditation Regulations Governing Teacher Qualifications at Institutions of Higher Education by Ministry of Education, R.O.C. (Ministry of Education); candidates currently holding Professorial Certificate in Chinese Literature or closely related fields recognized by Ministry of Education must satisfy two criteria (two articles, one book accepted for publication) within the last five years (August 28, 2015 through August 27, 2020); diploma issued by foreign institution must be authenticated by Consulates, Overseas Representative Offices or other organizations authorized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C., in the country of the originating institution(s). Application deadline: August 28, 2020; expected date of hire: February 1, 2021. Email for more information.
  • The Shanati project of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Researcher, Assyriology, to perform multiple research tasks, writing, data entry, and data organization. Knowledge of 1st millennium BCE chronology is expected. Must be familiar with 1st millennium BCE cuneiform economic and scholarly texts, as well as databases, and be able to understand basic/intermediate level astronomy. This position is a part-time consultancy for two years at 333 hours in total and begins as soon as hiring is complete or agreed-upon date. Compensation is based on New York University’s standard pay grades for postdoctoral researchers. Work must be done remotely and not require technical or academic resources from NYU. Please submit cover letter and CV, as well as at least two references, to Alexander Jones. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis, beginning immediately. Posted February 13, 2020.
  • The Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Chicago invite applications for an open-rank tenure-track, or tenured, faculty position in Mesopotamian archaeology. The earliest date the appointment is anticipated to begin is July 2020; applications will be accepted and considered until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin after January 15. Applications are welcome from scholars with a research focus in archaeological excavation and fieldwork, preferably of the Mesopotamian historical periods.  Engagement in the technologies and methodologies of landscape archaeology is also highly desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to eventually direct the excavations of the Nippur expedition.  She or he should be able to teach a wide range of courses on Mesopotamian material culture, civilization, and history at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to supervise BA and MA theses and PhD dissertations, and to carry out independent research and publication. For application information, visit the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities Website, job posting no. 56517; for inquiries, email with subject heading: Mesopotamian Archaeology Search. Posted December 5, 2019.
  • 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.
  • 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.