Postdoc Position in History (Czech Republic) Deadline: Feb. 20, 2019

Masaryk University

Application Deadline

Feb.20, 2019

Program Commencement

April 01,  2019

Duration of the Program

2 Years

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Program Details

Masaryk University is the second largest university in the Czech Republic. Founded in 1919 in Brno as the second Czech university, it now consists of nine faculties and 35,115 students.

The Department for the Study of Religions, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, one of the leading departments for the study of religions in Europe, invites applications from qualified candidates for a postdoc position in its DISSINET project (“Dissident Religious Cultures in Medieval Europe from the Perspective of Social Network Analysis and Geographic Information Systems”).

The selected candidate will join the recently established team (David Zbíral, medievalist, PI; Tomáš Hampejs, network analyst and programmer; Adam Mertel, GIS specialist; Jan Král, graduate student in the Study of Religions). The position is full-time, fixed-term, for 24 months with a very likely extension (based on the quality of collaboration) to the end of the project (31 December 2023). The expected start date is 1 April 2019 (negotiable).

The DISSINET project is funded by a “Projects of Excellence” grant from the Czech Science Foundation for the period between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2023. The position is full-time, fixed-term, for 24 months with a very likely extension (based on the quality of collaboration) to the end of the project (31 December 2023). The expected start date is 1 April 2019 (negotiable). The postdoc fellow will be expected to

  • Conduct research on medieval dissident Christianity, identify case studies of interest, work in collaboration with the project’s PI, Dr. David Zbíral
  • Compile structured datasets on the basis of medieval inquisitorial records concerning persons involved in dissident activities and the relationships among them
  • Participate in the team’s discussions, meetings, tutorials, and other project activities
  • Participate in writing academic texts (publications, website, etc.)
  • Present papers at conferences
  • Read literature and analyze (history, social network analysis) and carry out minor administrative tasks related to the project

The selected candidate will be offered:

  • Full-time research position in a committed interdisciplinary team working on an exciting frontier-research project
  • Competitive salary above the average for similar positions in the Czech Republic (good ratio between salary and local living costs)
  • Individual research budget for participating in conferences and workshops, buying books, etc. (ca. 3,000 € each year)
  • Training and growth in interdisciplinary digital research (social network analysis, geographic information systems, databases)
  • Participation in writing high-profile publications in history, social network analysis, and the digital humanities
  • A friendly and informal working environment

Eligibility/ Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in history, medieval studies, the study of religions, or another field related to the project’s focus
  • Specialization in either (a) religious dissent and/or inquisitorial or other trial records in medieval or early modern Europe, or (b) historical research informed by computational, network-analytical, or quantitative methods
  • Secure command of Latin and English
  • Computer-friendly mindset (tables, digital tools)
  • Academic writing skills in English
  • Team spirit, moral integrity, reliability

Application Process

Application should be sent by E-APPLICATION with all the following documents.

  • Letter of motivation (in English)
  • Two letters of recommendation from established scholars in a relevant field
  • A structured CV (in English) with an overview of competencies, language skills (incl. Latin), previous research experience, and a list of publications (incl. submitted)
  • Two examples of academic texts (co-)authored by the applicant (published or unpublished, in any European language)
  • Copy of proofs of the doctoral degree

The position requires physical presence in Brno, the Czech Republic.

The selection procedure has two rounds: the first is based on the submitted attachments, the second (for short-listed applicants) is based on written exchange and interview through Skype or personally in Brno.

The candidate’s doctoral degree does not need to be recent for this postdoctoral position. Career breaks do not pose any problem. Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged.

 

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