Postdoctoral Position in Biblical Studies and Ancient Judaism

The Biblical Studies Section of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Copenhagen is offering a fully funded 3-year postdoctoral position commencing 1 February 2023.

Motivated and committed candidates with expertise in Biblical Studies, Semitic Studies, and/or Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology are invited to apply.

Project description
The postdoc is part of the research project “Divergent Views of Diaspora in Ancient Judaism” (2022-2026), funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and its Sapere Aude programme. Applying newly developed theory from Diaspora Studies, the project investigates the earliest stage of the Jewish diaspora (597-331 BCE). A great variety of imaginative reflections in biblical texts and basic information in historical records suggests that there were a number of different attitudes to living abroad.

A key goal of the project is to identity and map all textual depictions in the Hebrew Bible (Ezra-Nehemiah, prophetic texts, diaspora stories) along with archival sources from Egypt (the Elephantine Papyri) and Babylonia (e.g. the Al-Yahudu documents). Four sub-projects, one of which will be conducted by the postdoc, focus on distinct, yet interrelated topics: Generational consciousness abroad; the issue of return; interaction with host authorities; and religious identity and practices in new cultural contexts.

The research team comprises the PI, two postdocs, a PhD fellow, and a student secretary.

For more information on the project “Divergent Views of Diaspora in Ancient Judaism”, see: https://dff.dk/en/grants/research-leaders-2021/researchleader-15?set_language=en

Questions about the project can be addressed to the PI, Associate Professor Frederik Poulsen, fpo@teol.ku.dk.

Job description
The postdoc will partake in the common endeavour of the research team, contributing, by way of discussions and input, to central parts of the project. The postdoc will be responsible for conducting research based on one of the four sub-projects.

Along with the PI, the postdoc will be responsible for a preliminary survey of material, ancient sources, and scholarly literature, including the planning of weekly working sessions. Furthermore, the postdoc will assist the PI in organizing seminars and international workshops. Finally, there will be some teaching tasks in connection with the project.

Place of employment
The place of employment will be the Biblical Studies Section at the Faculty of Theology. We offer stimulating working conditions in a dynamic research environment. The Section is also hosting larger research projects on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qur’an, and the postdoc will become a part of this vibrant international academic community.

Qualifications
To be considered, applicants must have PhD degree in Theology, Biblical Studies, Semitic Studies, Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology, or an equivalent degree. Reading skills in ancient Hebrew is a requirement. Previous experience in working with Aramaic and/or Akkadian texts will be an advantage as well as expertise in the ancient Jewish diaspora communities.

In the overall assessment, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s research potential, including the ambition to develop new research ideas and the interest in working with other researchers.

All applicants are expected to be able to use English as a working language (written or spoken).

Salary and conditions of employment
Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 35,624.36, app. EUR 4,789 + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please read more here: https://ism.ku.dk/salary-tax-pension/pension/

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here: http://ism.ku.dk, http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/frontpage.htm and https://www.workindenmark.dk/

How to apply
The application must be made on a special form (see link at bottom of page). The application must be accompanied by the following appendices (scanned electronically):

- Motivated letter of application (max. 3 pages), including a proposal for a research idea within one of the four sub-projects (Generations; Return; Host authorities; and Religion).

- A short CV, including information about education, language skills, teaching experience, dissemination, and other skills relevant for the position.

- Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.)

- One or two reference letters

- A complete and numbered list of publications (the enclosed publications must be marked with *)

- Publications. Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

The applicant may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.

Application and documentation can be submitted either in Danish or in English. 

The University of Copenhagen wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications for the scholarship from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

The recruitment process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk  

If you have technical questions concerning your application, please contact HR South and City Campuses, email: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to advertisement 211-1153/22-2I.

International applicant?
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: https://ism.ku.dk/.

Contact information
Information about the recruitment process is available from HR South and City Campuses, email: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to advertisement 211-1153/22-2I.

For further information about the academic aspects of the position, please contact Principal Investigator Frederik Poulsen, fpo@teol.ku.dk.

The closing date for applications is 1 October 2022 at 23:59 CET
Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account. 

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Application deadline: 01-10-2022
Employment start: 01-02-2023
Department/Location: Faculty of Theology
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