Jobs & Funding

Opportunities currently available within the field of Byzantine studies, in the UK and around the world.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Medieval studies

University of Bergen

Deadline: 14 May 2018

Applications are invited for a 4 years position as postdoctoral fellowship at the Faculty of Humanities, for employment from the autumn 2018.

The call is connected to the establishment of a knowledge cluster in Medieval studies, as part of UiB’s strategy for 2016-2022. The Medieval research cluster will be an arena for collaboration between the academic environment at UiB and external partners connected to research, education, tourist industry, conservation and public administration.

The postdoctoral research project must be within the field of medieval studies, and relate to one of the relevant disciplines at the Faculty for Humanities, such as Archaeology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Classical philology (Greek or Latin), Cultural studies, History, Old Norse philology, Philosophy, Study of Religions and Theatre Studies.

For full application details, see:

PhD position in Ecclesiastical Organisation and Christian Topography of the Lower Danube during Late Antiquity

University of Lille

Deadline: 15 June 2018

The DANUBIUS project, funded by the I-SITE ULNE for the period 2018-2021 and which is hosted by the University of Lille, within the HALMA-UMR 8164 research unit, offers one PhD position starting in October 2018. The position is limited to 36 months. The PhD will investigate aspects of the Christianisation of the Lower Danubian region in Late Antiquity, both from the archaeological and historical points of view, in a topic to be negotiated between the selected candidate and the scientific coordinator of the research programme, Dr Dominic Moreau, relying on the project proposed in the application (depending on the topic, there is a possibility of thesis co-supervision).

For more information about the DANUBIUS project, please refer to:


  • Relevant master’s degree in Roman History (High or Late Imperial era), on a topic involving archaeological sources, or in Roman Archaeology, on a topic involving written sources.
  • Interest in the main topic and digital humanities (knowledge in geomatics – GIS models – would be a real asset).
  • Willingness to work on a highly interdisciplinary, collaborative and international research project (many trips to Eastern Europe are planned).
  • Practical experience in archaeology.
  • Knowledge of Latin and Ancient Greek.
  • Proficiency in English (level C).
  • Knowledge, even rudimentary, of French (if the candidate is not fluent in that language, he/she will be strongly encouraged to learn it during the contract), German, Bulgarian and/or Romanian would be an asset.

Complete applications, that include a cover letter, c.v., copies of relevant transcripts, a sample of work (term paper or publication), a proposal of topic with a short abstract (1 page maximum), and a letter of recommendation, are to be submitted by 15 June 2018, by e-mail, in PDF, to the following address:

The recruitment commission will meet a first time to decide which applications will be selected and those which have been selected will be promptly invited to an interview by Skype, which will take place before the committee before July.

Start date: 1 October 2018

Income: according to the research contracts wage scale of the University of Lille, ongoing on the effective date of the contract (about € 2.750 gross monthly salary).

PhD and Postdoctoral Positions, Study of Coptic Magic

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Deadline: 31 May 2018

– 1 postdoctoral researcher (TV-L E13 100%; initial monthly salary min. 3,672.02 EUR before tax)

– 1 doctoral assistant (TV-L E13 50%; initial monthly salary min. 1,836.01 EUR before tax)

These positions will be part of a new in-depth project studying “magical” texts from Late Antique and early Islamic Egypt written in Coptic, and will involve the creation of a database of published and unpublished texts, the edition and re-edition of original manuscripts, and the production of research situating them within their historical, social and intellectual context. The appointed applicants will work with the team co-ordinator (Dr. Korshi Dosoo).

Both positions will begin 1 September 2018, running for five years until 31 August 2023.

The postdoctoral candidate will require a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (Coptic Studies, Papyrology, Egyptology, Early Christian Studies, Islamic Studies etc.), and a strong knowledge of the Coptic and Greek languages, as well as fluent English and at least a reading knowledge of German, French, Italian, and Spanish. Language skills in Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, and earlier phases of Egyptian are also highly desirable. As a position intended for a junior researcher, applicants are normally expected to have completed their doctorate within the last three years.

The candidate for the position of a doctoral assistant will require a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (Ancient History, Coptic Studies, Papyrology, Egyptology, Early Christian Studies, Islamic Studies etc.), and a strong knowledge of the Coptic and Greek languages, as well as fluent English. A reading knowledge of German, French, Italian, and Spanish is highly desirable, as are language skills in Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Spanish, Latin, and earlier phases of Egyptian.

She or he will receive supervision to allow her or him to complete her or his doctoral degree. The candidate will be free to decide on a thesis topic, although it will preferably overlap to some degree with the project theme.

In order to increase the proportion of female researchers at the University of Würzburg, applications from women are particularly welcome. Persons with disabilities will be given preference if equally qualified.

To apply, please send a current curriculum vitae with the contact details for 2 referees, a letter of motivation (no more than 2 pages), and – a writing sample (article or conference presentation, postdoctoral researcher) or – a proposal for a doctoral dissertation topic (ca. 2 pages, doctoral assistant) as a single PDF.

For further details, and to apply, please contact Prof. Dr. Martin Andreas Stadler:

PhD Position, Alchemy in the Making: From ancient Babylonia via Graeco-Roman Egypt into the Byzantine, Syriac and Arabic traditions (1500 BCE -1000 AD)

University of Bologna

Deadline: 14 May 2018

Two PhD positions (3 years each) are available at the University of Bologna (Department of Philosophy and Communication studies) within the ERC project (Consolidator Grant): “Alchemy in the Making: From ancient Babylonia via Graeco-Roman Egypt into the Byzantine, Syriac and Arabic traditions (1500 BCE -1000 AD)”, Acronym: AlchemEast. The AlchemEast project is devoted to the study of alchemical theories and practices as they appeared and developed in distinct, albeit contiguous (both chronologically and geographically) areas: Graeco-Roman Egypt, Byzantium, and the Near East, from Ancient Babylonian Times to the early Islamic Period. Applicants are expected to propose research projects dealing with the ancient alchemical tradition.

Proposals may focus on the analysis of a specific set of primary sources -- depending on the historical period on which the applicant prefers to focus on, primary sources may include alchemical writings in Akkadian, Greek, Syriac or Arabic. The proposals may also focus on a wider and cross-cutting analysis of topics connected to important issues pertaining to the ancient alchemical science and its relations with close fields, such as natural philosophy and medicine.The doctoral research shall result either in editions and translations of ancient alchemical writings or in monographs focused on central issues of the ancient history of alchemy.

The two scholarships are part of the PhD programme: “Philosophy, Science, Cognition and Semiotics”

By following the link “PHD PROGRAMME TABLE” (at the top of the webpage), you will find the full description of the programme, with reference to the 2 scholarships specifically linked to the AlchemEast project. Please visit the following webpage in order to apply (or for further information about the call):

For any doubt or question, please do not hesitate to e-mail:

Assistant or Associate Specialist

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae

Deadline: 16 May 2018

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae® (TLG®) at the University of California Irvine invites applications for a full-time research position. This appointment is for an initial one-year period with the possibility of renewal.

Prerequisites: Ph.D. in Classics or Byzantine Literature; high level of proficiency in Greek and Latin; prior experience in technology is desired but not required. Familiarity with textual criticism and a capacity for detail-oriented work are essential requirements.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of California offers an attractive benefits package. Applications should be submitted electronically at: Applications should include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae and three letters of reference. Questions about the position may be sent to:

For full details, see