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Scientific Staff (prae doc) at the Department of Near Eastern Studies
The University of Vienna (19 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.600 members of staff, about 92.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.05.2019 of a
Scientific Staff (prae doc)
at the Department of Near Eastern Studies
Reference number: 9265
Applications are invited for a full time fixed term Position for a Doctoral student in Assyriology at the Department of Near Eastern Studies of the University of Vienna (Austria) to be funded by the ERC-2018-STG “Repetition, parallelism and creativity: an inquiry into the construction of meaning in Ancient Mesopotamian literature and erudition” (REPAC). The appointment is for 3 years, starting May 1, 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter), with the possibility of a two-year extension upon positive evaluation.
• a curriculum vitae (CV, resume)
• a cover letter that explains your motivation for applying to the advertised position and describes your past achievements and research interests
• contact email of two potential referees
• a writing sample (15-20 pages in English)
• copies of certificates and copies of translated documents
- copies of certificates of any academic degrees or advanced qualifications indicating grades and explaining the home’s university grading system
- copies of document(s) certifying knowledge of English language
We are looking for a curious, learning oriented, and self-directed candidate with a strong interest in Ancient Mesopotamian literature and erudition.
The candidate will work within the ERC-2018-STG-funded research project “Repetition, parallelism and creativity: an inquiry into the construction of meaning in Ancient Mesopotamian literature and erudition” (REPAC).
REPAC is envisaged as a contribution to the intellectual history of Ancient Mesopotamia. The project investigates selected corpora of literary, magical and divinatory texts with a view towards elucidating structures of analogistic thought that cut across text genres. Methodologically, it adopts a combination of methods grounded in philology, textual criticism and historical interpretation. The project also aspires to interdisciplinarity, aiming better to integrate Mesopotamia within the discourse on Ancient intellectual history.
REPAC’s core team is composed of four members, the PI, one postdoctoral research fellow and two PhD candidates in Assyriology.
The PhD candidate will be supervised by the PI, Dr. Nicla De Zorzi, and is expected to complete a PhD thesis within the time of the appointment. Main focus of the research will be the development of patterns of meaning through analogical reasoning in Ancient Mesopotamian divinatory compendia.
The candidate will play an active role in the research of the group and will be actively involved in the design of new research concepts. The candidate is also expected to participate in the project’s teaching and training activities, to organize seminars and other events, and to publish articles both independently and in collaboration with other team members.
To apply for the position, candidates must hold an internationally-recognized graduate (MA) degree in Assyriology or Ancient Near Eastern studies or demonstrate that they will have such a degree by May 2019.
Ideal candidates should have solid philological training in reading Akkadian texts, excellent research skills, as well as good communication skills.
Candidates who can bring evidence of relevant research experience with Ancient Mesopotamian divinatory texts will be preferred.
Main research field
Special research fields
Linguistics and Literature
Ancient Oriental studies
Type of computer skills
Specified computer skills
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 31.01.2019, mentioning reference number 9265.
For further information please contact De Zorzi, Nicla +43-1-4277-43411.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (
http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.