Thursday, 6 September 2012

Researcher in Ancient History of Religion

The Max Weber        Center at the University of Erfurt invites applications for the        position of a

Researcher in            Ancient History of Religion 
65 % (26            h/week)

within the          research project „Lived Ancient Religion“ (directed by Prof.          Dr. Jörg Rüpke). The position is to be filled from 1st December 2012          onwards. The initial contract is for two years. The salary is          according to TV-L E 13 (starting from brutto 24855,56 € p.a.).

„Lived            Ancient Religion“ takes a              completely new perspective on the religious history of              Mediterranean antiquity, starting from the individual and              “lived” religion instead of civic religion. “Lived              religion” suggests a set of experiences, of practices              addressed to, and conceptions of the divine, which are              appropriated, expressed, and shared by individuals in              diverse social spaces, from the primary space of the              family to the shared space of public institutions and              trans-local literary communication. The member of the team              we are looking for has to work on the formation of              literary and expert discourse about religion and ritual              (e.g. in the field of divination) and individual              appropriations of such discourses in the Imperial period              and thus to contribute to the analysis of the interaction              of individuals with the agents of traditions and providers              of religious services in the Mediterranean world. The              group's methodological approach is defined through the              notions of religious experience, embodiment, and “culture              in interaction”. For          further information see          The project is financed by the European Research Council.

As a member of the          team, the researcher is obliged to also share into the          research tasks of the team, e.g. in preparing workshops,          conferences, and publications. 
The ideal candidate needs to
 have an excellent MA or comparable degree in              History of Religion, Classical Philology or Ancient              History

 should aim at a doctoral degree based on her or              his research project

 have a very good knowledge of English

 have excellent knowledge of the relevant ancient              language(s)

 have substantial experience in analysing literary              texts

 fulfil the general admissions rules of § 84 Abs.              4 Thüringer Hochschulgesetz.

Any admission to          the doctoral program of the Max Weber Center presupposes the          participation in interdisciplinary colloquia.

For further          information please contact

The University of          Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer and encourage in          particular applications by women. Ceteris paribus seriously          handicapped people will have preference. 

Please send your application with CV, copies of your          final school and university degrees, a copy of your MA thesis,          and an outline of the research project you would like to          pursue puntil 14 October 2012 to

 University of Erfurt • Max Weber Centre • PO Box 900 221 • D-99105 Erfurt • Germany or to

As the University cannot refund any costs incurred by          applying, your applications will not be resent. Please use          photocopies or pdf files.