Postdoctoral Positions in Medieval Philosophy

26 de Setembro de 2021 às 18:01

Postdoctoral Positions in Medieval Philosophy

The Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen is pleased to announce a call for applications for two 2-year postdoctoral positions in medieval philosophy. The positions are for a fixed term from January 1, 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter) until December 31, 2023.

The postdoctoral researchers will work as members of the research project Exploring Twelfth-Century Philosophy: Alberic of Paris and his School, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project investigates the philosophical writings stemming from the milieu around the logician Alberic of Paris, who is still a relatively unknown figure in the history of philosophy, but according to contemporary sources was the most formidable rival of one of the greatest and most famous of all medieval philosophers, Peter Abelard. The project aims to identify, analyze and synthesize the core philosophical positions of Alberic and his school and to assess the role of this school of thought in the wider context of twelfth-century philosophy.

JOB DESCRIPTION

One of the two successful candidates will work on the medieval Latin source material and focus especially on select twelfth-century commentaries on Porphyry's Isagoge with the aim of establishing the distinctive views of Alberic and his followers as regards some of the main philosophical themes arising from this text (e.g. the nature and ontological status of universals).

The other of the two successful candidates will work on the medieval Latin source material and focus especially on select twelfth-century commentaries on Aristotle's De interpretatione with the aim of establishing the distinctive views of Alberic and his followers as regards some of the main philosophical themes arising from this text (e.g. the theory of meaning).

The candidates are expected to conduct research at a high international level and to publish the results of their research in high-ranking international journals and/or book series. The candidates are also expected to work closely together with the other members of the research team and to partake in organizing a number of research activities involving the project's substantial network of international scholars (e.g. workshops and conferences; research stays and trips to libraries; visits from visiting scholars; editing of a volume of conference proceedings).

QUALIFICATIONS

To be eligible for the positions, the candidate must have research qualifications at least corresponding to those achieved through a successfully completed PhD in a field of study relevant to the project (philosophy, history of ideas, Latin philology, or similar). The PhD degree must have been obtained a maximum of 4 years before the application deadline (maternity, paternity and certain other forms of leave may be added to this). The candidate must also have documented experience in working with Latin philosophical texts in the original language, proven ability to present and publish research at a high international level, and excellent English communication skills. Previous experience in working with medieval manuscripts will be considered an asset. For further information about the position, please contact PI of the research project Associate professor Heine Hansen (hhansen@hum.ku.dk).

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON 15 OCTOBER 2021, 23:59 CEST

CEST = Central European Summer Time

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

The application must be in English and include the following enclosures:

  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page) specifying how your qualifications and experiences match the overall research project and which of the two subprojects mentioned you would prefer to work on
  • Curriculum vitae (with email and phone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates, PhD diploma, etc.)
  • Complete list of publications. Enclosed publications must be marked with *
  • 1-3 enclosed publications*.

*Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from no. 1 to 3.

Further information about the application procedure is available from Pernille Lykke Paulsen (HR) hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID number 211-0852/21-2I #1.