Thursday, July 17, 2008

PhD positions, Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg

he research group *“Transcultural Studies”,* part of the excellence
initiative at the University of Heidelberg, is offering three

*PhD positions*

within the Junior Research Group entitled “Trading Diasporas in the
Eastern Mediterranean 1200-1600”.

The positions would start on 1 October 2008 and are limited to three
years; the salary is according to E 13 TV-L (50%).

PhD students will be expected to develop a PhD project within the
group’s thematical focus “Trading Diasporas in the Eastern Mediterranean
1200-1600” which will primarily address (but not exclusively) Jewish,
Venetian or Byzantine merchants communities in Crete and the Levant of
the Middle Ages and the early modern era. She/he will be expected to
contribute to the organisation of an international conference on the
same theme.

The programme is looking for applicants with an excellent academic
standing who are interested in completing a doctoral degree at the
University of Heidelberg. Applicants are required to hold a Masters
degree or equivalent by 1 October 2008. The positions available are open
to both EU and overseas students.

The successful candidates will hold a university degree in History,
Jewish studies, Arabic philology/Islamic studies, Romance studies,
political economy or cultural science with a specialisation in the
history of the Medieval/early modern Mediterranean. She/he must be
comfortable dealing with primary sources in Medieval Latin and Italian.
Knowledge of Arabic, Hebrew or Greek is a desirable asset.

Applicants are asked to send:

Curriculum Vitae

Copy of university degree

Publications and/or samples of unpublished writing

Two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from the thesis

Applications should arrive no later than *24 July 2008* and should be
sent to: Dekanat der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität
Heidelberg, Transcultural Studies, Projekt Dr. des Georg Christ,
Voßstraße 2, Gebäude 4370, DE-69115 Heidelberg,

Unfortunately, applications cannot be returned. Interviews will be held
the *31 July 2008*.

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