Doctoral and Postdoctoral Positions Available for Those Interested in Nag Hammadi (and Related) Codices

A few days ago, Hugo Lundhaug announced me that a doctoral and a postdoctoral fellowship are available in his project New Contexts for Old Texts: Unorthodox Texts and Monastic Manuscript Culture in Fourth- and Fifth-Century Egypt (NEWCONT). The project is developed under the umbrella of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. “It is a project that aims to shed new light on the production, use, and significance of the Nag Hammadi codices and related manuscripts, in the context of Fourth- and Fifth-Century Christianity in Egypt.” For more information about this interesting project check THIS PAGE.

PhD fellowship (original announcement here):

PhD Fellowship on the Nag Hammadi (and related) Codices in Their Fourth- and Fifth-Century Contexts

A PhD-position is available at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. The position is attached to the ERC-project New Contexts for Old Texts: Unorthodox Texts and Monastic Manuscript Culture in Fourth- and Fifth-Century Egypt (NEWCONT). The fellowship is for a period of 3 years. Starting date is 1 January, 2013.

Job description:

Project NEWCONT is an ERC-financed research project located at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. It is a project that aims to shed new light on the production, use, and significance of the Nag Hammadi codices and related manuscripts, in the context of Fourth- and Fifth-Century Christianity in Egypt. For information on the aims and methodological perspectives of the project, see the project website.

There are no teaching responsibilities. The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

Requirements:

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field (Coptology, Theology, Religious Studies, Patristics, History, or similar). The applicant must be qualified for the doctoral program within these disciplines. The Master’s thesis must be approved and the degree awarded  before the startup date of the PhD position.

The applicant must submit a project description (not exceeding 10 pages) outlining his or her proposed contribution to the NEWCONT-project.

The applicant must be proficient in Coptic.

The applicant should be able to document solid knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Coptic literature, including the texts of the Nag Hammadi (and related) codices
  • Fourth- and Fifth-Century Christianity and Monasticism
  • Biblical Reception
  • Late antique philosophy
  • “New Philology”
  • Cognitive Theory
  • Other relevant ancient languages (Greek, Latin, Syriac, etc.)

The PhD-fellow will be based at the University of Oslo for the duration of the project. He or she will interact within a network of researchers and students, and should possess collaborative abilities and a personality to do so.

Employment in the project will give the successful candidate the opportunity to work in a highly collaborative team pursuing the objectives of the project in a systematic and coordinated fashion. He or she will also take part in the planning and organization of seminars and conferences. The position includes funds for relevant travel (i.e. to conferences, collections, etc.).

We offer:

  • Salary based on wage scale 50–53 (NOK 404 600 – 426 000) per year, depending on qualifications.
  • A challenging and friendly working environment
  • Favorable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare benefits.

The application must include:

  • Application letter, including a project description of up to 10 pages.
  • CV, including a complete list of publications
  • Copies of educational certificates and letters of recommendation
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references

Please apply for the position electronically via EasyCruit. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English, German, or a Scandinavian language. An interview may be used in the selection process.

In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the academic and personal ability of the candidate to complete the project within the given timeframe.

A good command of English is required.

For more information on the requirements for a PhD at the University of Oslo, we refer to the Regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD). Please also see the Regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for research fellowship positions.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

The University of Oslo has an agreement regarding acquisition of rights to work results for all employees, with the aim to secure rights to research results, etc.

Postdoctoral fellowship (original announcement here):

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship on the Nag Hammadi (and related) Codices in Their Fourth- and Fifth-Century Contexts

A position as Post-doctoral Research Fellow is available at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. The position is attached to the ERC-project New Contexts for Old Texts: Unorthodox Texts and Monastic Manuscript Culture in Fourth- and Fifth-Century Egypt (NEWCONT). The fellowship is for a period of 3 years. Starting date is 1 January, 2013.

Job description:

Project NEWCONT is an ERC-financed research project located at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. It is a project that aims to shed new light on the production, use, and significance of the Nag Hammadi codices and related manuscripts, in the context of Fourth- and Fifth-Century Christianity in Egypt. For information on the aims and methodological perspectives of the project, see the project website.

In addition to research, the successful applicant will be expected to contribute with up to 10 % compulsory administrative work within the NEWCONT project.

Requirements:

The successful applicant must hold a PhD in a relevant field (Coptology, Theology, Religious Studies, Patristics, History, or similar). The PhD dissertation must have been submitted and accepted before the startup date of the postdoctoral position.

The applicant must submit a project description (not exceeding 10 pages) outlining his or her proposed contribution to the NEWCONT-project.

The applicant must be proficient in Coptic.

The applicant should be able to document solid knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Coptic literature, including the texts of the Nag Hammadi (and related) codices
  • Fourth- and fifth-century Christianity and monasticism
  • Biblical Reception
  • Late antique philosophy
  • “New Philology”
  • Other relevant ancient languages (Greek, Latin, Syriac, etc.)

The Post-doctoral Research Fellow will be based at the University of Oslo for the duration of the project. He or she will interact within a network of researchers and students, and should possess collaborative abilities and a personality to do so.

Employment in the project will give the successful candidate the opportunity to work in a highly collaborative team pursuing the objectives of the project in a systematic and coordinated fashion. He or she will also take part in the planning and organization of seminars and conferences, and the publication of conference proceedings. The position includes funds for relevant travel (i.e. to conferences, collections, etc.).

We offer:

  • Salary based on wage scale 57–61 (NOK 455 900 – NOK 489 900) per year, depending on qualifications
  • A challenging and friendly working environment
  • Favorable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare benefits

The application must include:

  • Application letter and a project description of up to 10 pages.
  • CV, including a complete list of publications
  • Copies of certified educational certificates
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references

Please apply for the position electronically via EasyCruit. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English, German, or a Scandinavian language. An interview may be used in the selection process.

A good command of English is required, read about the English proficiency requirements.

Please also refer to the Regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral and research posts at the University of Oslo as well as Guidelines concerning appointment to post doctoral and research posts at the University of Oslo.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

The University of Oslo has an agreement regarding acquisition of rights to work results for all employees, with the aim to secure rights to research results, etc.

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About Alin Suciu

I am a researcher at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. I write mostly on Coptic literature, Patristics, and apocryphal texts.
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