PhD and Post-Doc position in the field of Classics or Medieval Studies

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The Institute of Classical Studies at the University of Bern invites applications for a PhD position in the field of Classics or Medieval Studies.

The position is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) as part of a larger “Sinergia” research project (“Lege Josephum: Ways of Reading Josephus in the Latin Middle Ages”) co-directed with the departments of Historical Theology and Jewish Studies. Further details on the project can be found at

The successful candidate will catalogue a portion of the ca. 300 manuscripts containing Latin adaptions and translations of Josephus' works. The catalogue will pay particular attention to provenance, ownership, mise-en-page, glossing, and various traces and interventions by users in the manuscript tradition. The successful candidate will write a doctoral dissertation exploring the role of these elements in the reception of Josephus in the Christian Middle Ages.

Candidates must hold an MA degree in Classics, Medieval History, Medieval Latin, or an affiliated field and have a thorough knowledge of Latin, as well as experience in paleography and codicology.

Preference will be given to applicants for a PhD position, but applications for a Postdoctoral position are also welcome. For a PhD the employment level would be between 80% (ca.39,100 CHF p.a.) and 100% (ca.48,900 CHF p.a.), according to agreement.

The appointment will begin on March 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter. Applications should be submitted in German or English and should contain a cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates of most recent academic qualifications, and a sample of academic writing (one pdf-file).

Applicants are invited to direct any enquiries to Prof. Dr. Gerlinde Huber-Rebenich (; applications should be sent electronically to the same address by January 31st 2020.

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