PhD Position Arabic and Islamic Studies, Chair for Digital Humanities, 2017, University of Leipzig

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PhD Position Arabic and Islamic Studies in a Junior Research Group at the Alexander von Humboldt Chair for Digital Humanities, University of Leipzig

The University of Leipzig invites applications for two PhD positions as part of a Junior Research Group (parttime position 50%, limited to 3 years, salary according to TVL E13). The group includes scholars from the Oriental Institute, the Institute of New Testament Studies, and the Alexander von Humboldt Chair for Digital Humanities. Please send your current CV, a recent transcript, and a cover letter describing your interest in a PhD project according to the profile below. Basic experience with digital tools and computational text analysis is required, as well as an interest in developing interdisciplinary perspectives in the field of Digital Humanities.

1. Oriental Institute: The candidate will pursue a project in Arabic and Islamic Studies or in related fields, and is interested in working with (but not limited to) historical, biographical, geographical genres of Arabic literature. Applicants with interests in textual, literary, intellectual and social networks are particularly welcome to apply. Requirements: MA in Arabic or Islamic Studies or a related field (including a certificate in classical Arabic). Contact: Prof. Dr. Verena Klemm (;

2. Institute of New Testament Studies: The candidate will work within the broader framework of the Corpus Judaeo Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti Project, which aims to develop a database that includes literary texts, papyri, inscriptions and other sources of Early Judaism. The PhD thesis will focus on an issue in New Testament and/or Early Judaism. It will be developed in the context of the research group as an interdisciplinary project, including Theology and Digital Humanities. Requirements: MA or Diploma or equivalent in Theology or Religious Studies (including certificates in Ancient Greek and Hebrew; Latin optional). Contact: Prof. Dr. Jens Herzer (

Applicants are invited to submit their application by e-mail under the reference number 243/2016 until January 20th, 2017.

   Universität Leipzig   Dekan der Fakultät für Geschichte, Kunst- und Orientwissenschaften    Herrn Prof. Dr. Manfred Rudersdorf    Schillerstr. 6    04109 Leipzig   Germany

Severely handicapped applicants are encouraged to apply and given preference if equally qualified.

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