Friday, December 11, 2020

Postdoctoral researcher on the Qur’an and Aramaic Christianity

POSTDOC: Richard Bauckham has kindly forwarded this e-mail from Professor Rémi Gounelle. Note that the deadline is the end of this month. If you want to apply, don't dawdle!
Postdoctoral researcher on the Qur’an and Aramaic Christianity (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 100%)

Faculty of Protestant Theology, Department of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies)

Application deadline : 31.12.2020

The Department of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies) offers a position for a Postdoctoral researcher on the Qur’an and Aramaic Christianity (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 100%) preferably starting in April 2021. The fixed-term contract will be for 4 years. The position is part of the ERC project “The Qur’an as a Source for Late Antiquity (QaSLA)”.

The research project is funded by the European Research Council and directed by Prof. Dr. Holger Zellentin, at the University of Tübingen (Germany). QaSLA analyses the affinity between the Qur’an and known forms of Judaism and Christianity surrounding Arabia in order to sketch the religious landscape of the Arabian Peninsula at the turn of the seventh century C.E. Further details on the project can be found at

The successful candidate will participate in all academic aspects of the project. They are expected to author one monograph dedicated to their findings and collaborate in the preparation of the project’s other publications (both in English), as well as acting as a source of information and advice to other members of the project.

Holding a relevant doctorate, the successful candidate will possess a very good command of Syriac and detailed knowledge of the Late Antique East and West Syrian religious literary tradition. In addition, the candidate should have knowledge of Qur’anic Arabic and of the discipline of Qur’anic Studies. They must be able to work with further late antique Jewish and Christian primary sources relevant to the study of the Qur’an, preferably in the original. They must be able to undertake innovative research at the forefront of current scholarship and be able to manage their own academic research and associated activities. Previous experience of independent scholarly writing to a high level of quality is essential, as are the ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and excellent communication skills, such as writing for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings. Familiarity with additional relevant classical languages (such as Ancient South Arabian, Coptic, Geʿez, Greek, Hebrew, or Safaitic) and with modern research languages, as well as knowledge of Arabic-language scholarship, are especially welcome.

The QaSLA team will be constituted of five research positions; two further position - for the Qur’an and Arabic and Ethiopic Christianity, respectively – are advertised separately. QaSLA is hosted by the Department of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies), which is part of the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Tübingen and will involve close collaboration with other Tübingen Institutes, as well as with an international network of scholars. The University of Tübingen offers a vibrant scholarly community with local expertise in Jewish, Christian and Islamic studies located in the fields of history, religious studies, as well as Catholic, Protestant and Islamic theology.

We are building an international and diverse team of scholars. In addition to the key requirements laid out above, we are looking for team players that are eager to learn from others and contribute to an ongoing mutual exchange of research findings by all team members. The university seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women to apply for these positions. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference.

Interested applicants are asked to submit the following materials:

A cover letter briefly detailing their suggested contribution to the project (max. 800 words);
a curriculum vitae;
copies of two writing samples;
two recommendation letters (to be submitted directly).

All materials should be submitted to The deadline is December 31, 2020 (midnight, CET). We are looking to hold interviews (most likely to be held remotely) towards the end of January 2021. The preferred starting date for the project is April 2021 (with room for flexibility due to the current health situation). Please feel free to contact us with any relevant questions you may have, or to request a copy of the full project description.

The employment will be carried out by the central administration of the University of Tübingen.

Salary will be commensurate with university scale E 13 TV-L, which, in the year 2020, ranges from 49,910 € - 72,307 € per annum, depending on experience.


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