Specifications – (explanation)
Location Faculty of Humanities
Function types Research, Development, Innovation, Postdoc positions
Scientific fields Language and Culture
Hours 32.0 – 40.0 hours per week
Salary € 3037 – € 3831 (gross per month, see below)
Job number 709754
About employer Utrecht University
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You will work within the framework of a project entitled Reconfiguring Diaspora. The Transformation of the Jewish Diaspora in Late Antiquity. The project has been funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (N.W.O.). The project’s director is Prof. dr. Leonard V. Rutgers. You will be based at Utrecht University. There you will be part of the Department of History and Art History, Section Ancient History and Classical Civilization.
The prime objective of the research project is to reconfigure the classical notion of Diaspora by studying the massive social and cultural changes that affected Jewish communities throughout the Mediterranean during the transitional period that saw the demise of the classical world and the rise of medieval society. This project places special emphasis on the phenomenon of linguistic change as it seeks to come to a new understanding of the larger social and cultural patterns at play in named process. Questions to be addressed include: why and how were the Jewish communities of the Diaspora marginalized, how did this affect their Diasporic self-consciousness, and what factors explain why intragroup relations in Europe have developed along the lines laid down during precisely this period?
Within the project, two PhD positions and one Postdoc position are available for the following projects:
The Renaissance of Hebrew among the Jewish communities of the West (PhD)
The Renaissance of Hebrew and Aramaic among the Jewish communities of the East (Ph.D.)
The Construction of Eretz Israel in Rabbinic Literature (postdoc)
The project has been structured in such a way that PhD/postdoc candidates are expected to cooperate closely and intensively with one another and with the project leader. Candidates must be willing to do some research travel and are also expected to participate in the organization of several international conferences and in the writing of occasional blogs for the project’s website.
A successful candidate should preferably have:
a PhD in Jewish studies or any related pertinent field (manuscript submitted to the dissertation committee), with an excellent working knowledge of rabbinic literature, in particular the ability to work independently on materials from the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds;
excellent knowledge of English, both verbally and in writing, as English will be the project’s primary language;
the capacity to work both as a creative and independent researcher and as part of a team.
Conditions of employment
We offer a postdoc-position for 0,8-1,0 fte beginning May 1st 2015. Initially, there is a one year contract. After a positive evaluation this contract can be extended with a maximum of three years in total. Salary ranges between € 3.037,- and € 3.831,- gross per month on a fulltime basis depending on experience and qualifications.
Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.
Utrecht University strives for excellence in teaching and study performance. This also holds for the clearly defined research profiles with respect to four core themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Dynamics of Youth, and Institutions. Utrecht University has a strong commitment to community outreach and contributes to answering the social questions of today and tomorrow.
The Faculty of Humanities has around 7,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains:
Philosophy and Religious Studies
History and Art History
Media and Culture Studies and
Languages, Literature and Communication.
With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context.
The enthusiastic and motivated colleagues and the excellent facilities in the historic town centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is located, provide a stimulating professional atmosphere.
Are you interested? For more information please contact the project leader, Prof Dr L.V. Rutgers: firstname.lastname@example.org