Jobs and Research Openings

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  • 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 Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World in conjunction with the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the history and culture of ancient Iran, effective July 1, 2020. The full-time, one-year postdoctoral position may be renewed for a second year, subject to satisfactory performance and funding. Post-doctoral fellows are to teach one or two course(s) during the academic year, while pursuing their own research and participating in the activities of the Pourdavoud Center, the Program of Iranian Studies, the Department, as well as other affiliated departments and centers. Postdoctoral fellows are also expected to organize—provided funding is available—academic events within their field of specialty under the aegis of the Pourdavoud Center. Deadline for applications is March 16, 2020 and the Search Committee will begin reviewing the applications on April 1st. Updated 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 Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in Hindi Language, Literature and Culture, tenure track, with an expected start date of July 1, 2020. The department will consider applications from scholars working in any humanistic discipline or period, but it is especially interested in expanding its research and teaching activities in the modern era (19th century to the present). Candidates are expected to have advanced literacy and native or near-native spoken skills in standard modern Hindi, the capacity to work with original texts, and research interests that deal centrally with Hindi sources. Candidates who also have excellent written, spoken and research skills in Urdu will have a distinct advantage. Knowledge of other classical or modern South Asia languages (e.g. Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Persian etc.) will be a further plus. Advanced training and competence broadly in South Asian Studies encompassing specialization in literature, religion, cultural studies and cultural and intellectual history is a further desideratum. Duties will include developing and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, supervising graduate students, coordination of the Hindi and Urdu programs, supervision of graduate degree candidates, and participation in the administrative activities of the department and the University. Posted November 16, 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.