Sunday, 7 June 2015


Please have a look at the following job offer by the University of Heidelberg, Germany. The deadline for applications is the 19th of June:

Postdoctoral Position in Ancient Studies within the University of Heidelberg's Collaborative Research Center 933 "Materiale Textkulturen". 

Start date:  July 2015 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

Assignments: The position is embedded in the research project “Writing on Ostraca in the Inner and Outer Mediterranean”. The aim of the project is to produce a synthetic study of the practice of inscribing texts on ceramic sherds (ostraca) across different ancient cultures of the Mediterranean or connected areas. To this end, the project aims to study ostraca not simply as texts that just happen to be preserved on sherds, but as artifacts produced, used, and reused within a specific socio-cultural milieu and subject to a particular life cycle. Such issues as the choice of the writing medium, the ceramological composition of the material, peculiarities of circulation, and the relation of ostraca to other modes of writing and transmission of information are among topics that could be addressed both diachronically and synchronically.

Results of the research are to be published in a monograph.

Requirements: Candidates should have a PhD in Ancient History, Classics, Egyptology, or Archeology with some experience in documentary papyrology and/or epigraphy and museum studies and/or fieldwork. Applicants should also show willingness to engage in intensive interdisciplinary cooperation within the Collaborative Research Center. Basic knowledge of German is recommended but not required.

The successful candidate will be employed full-time within the Collaborative Research Center at the University of Heidelberg and will work closely with members of the Center for Ancient Studies ( Applications should be sent not later than June 19, 2015 by email to Dr. Julia Lougovaya: Applicants should submit a CV, a publication list, a short letter of intent describing their interest in the project and qualification, and addresses of three potential referees. 

The salary is in accordance with TV-L, and the position will run until 30 June 2019.

Additional information can be found at

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