Employment: PhD position Syriac Historiography, Ghent University

Deadline: 1 September 2013

In the Department of History of Ghent University (Belgium), one four-year PhD studentship is available for four years (consisting of two two-year periods), as part of an ERC-funded research project on late antique historiography (A.D. 300-800). The project will a) establish a complete inventory of late ancient historiography; b) produce editions of fragmentary texts; c) study medieval compilations; and d) situate late-antique historiography in its cultural and literary context.

Your profile: You possess a good master’s degree in a relevant discipline (or will possess one by 1/1/2014) and an excellent knowledge of Syriac. Acquaintance with Greek, Latin, and/or other oriental languages constitutes an advantage. You have an interest in historiography and literature, and their wider historical and cultural context. You are able to work independently, whilst also being a team player. Your tasks include: completion of a PhD within four years, the co-organisation of a conference, limited amounts of teaching, and occasional assistance with other research carried out in the project.

Your duties: Besides writing a PhD on the sources and method of one of the major Syriac chronicles, you will contribute to a database of all late antique histories, co-organise workshops and a conference, do limited amounts of teaching and administrative duties, and contribute to other research carried out within the project.

Our offer: We offer you the possibility to work as part of a high-quality and large group of scholars working on late antique, early medieval and Byzantine history and literature at a leading university of Belgium, a scholarship of approx. 1600 euro (net) per month, full health insurance, further training in our Doctoral School, and the possibility to study one year or semester abroad (depending on additional funding).

The successful candidate is expected to start on 1/1/2014 at the latest. S/he shall have to live in Belgium.

A full project description can be obtained from Prof. Peter Van Nuffelen (peter.vannuffelen@ugent.be). Applications, consisting of a CV, personal statement (max 1 p.), description of the research you would like to carry out within the project (max. 1 p.), the names of two referees, and a copy of your MA thesis or a substantial article, should be submitted to the same e-mail address before 1 September 2013.

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