The new project “Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic-Sahidic Old Testament” at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences has two positions available. Please find the advertisement (closing date: January 20, 2015) here:
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The Göttingen Academy of Sciences has two job openings for the long-term project
Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic-Sahidic Old Testament
These are two-year fixed term positions starting at the earliest possible date on or after February 1, 2015. An extension of the contract beyond the initial two-year term may be available. The project (planned completion date: December 31, 2036) is based in Göttingen. Both positions can be filled either full-time (100%) or part-time (50%) on the public service scale TV-L E 13. For a full-time appointment a completed Ph.D. is required.
The appointees will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Collection and catalogisation of Coptic manuscripts of the Old Testament in an online database
- Transcription and analysis of the manuscript texts to create a digital edition
- Comparison and analysis of the textual tradition for the production of a critical edition of the individual books of the Coptic Old Testament
- Translation of the Coptic text of the edition into English or German
Requirements are specifically:
- Ph.D. or M.A. (or equivalent) in the areas of Coptic Studies, Theology/Religious Studies, Egyptology, Christian Oriental Studies, Byzantine Studies or related fields. Opportunities for training and the pursuit of further academic qualifications (e.g. a Ph.D.) are available.
- A solid knowledge of Coptic language and literature and of the history and culture of Christian Egypt. Additional expertise and experience – especially in the areas of Philology/Editions and Manuscript Studies, Digital Humanities (digital editions, data analysis and visualisation), Corpus Linguistics, Biblical Studies / Religious Studies / Theology / Church History, Christian Near Eastern and Byzantine Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies – are particularly welcome.
Candidates are expected to have:
- Willingness and ability to quickly familiarise themselves with the textual culture and history of the Coptic Old Testament
- Familiarity with modern databases and online research and the willingness and ability to be trained in the use of a variety of Digital Humanities tools and methods
- Language skills (other than Coptic) in Ancient Greek and modern foreign languages (relevant for the project are a reading knowledge of German and French). Other language skills, in particular in Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Arabic, Syriac or Ethiopic (Ge’ez), are helpful.
- Excellent time management and good teamwork skills
The Göttingen Academy of Sciences is an equal opportunity employer. In case of identical qualifications applicants with disabilities will be considered on a preferential basis. A shared appointment will be considered.
Closing date: January 20, 2015
Please send your application (cover letter, CV, copies of relevant diplomas, publication list, if applicable) – in electronic form – to:
Institute for Egyptology and Coptic Studies, University of Göttingen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Professor Heike Behlmer (email@example.com) is available to answer any enquiries about the project.