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Thomas-Institute at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Research Positions, University of Cologne

Publish Date: Jan 08, 2016

Deadline: Feb 15, 2016

The Thomas-Institute at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the   University of Cologne invites applications for four full-time positions as Research Associates, one of which in Digital Humanities,   three in Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin Philosophy, starting May 1, 2016.

The Thomas-Institute conducts a long-term project of critical editions   of the writings on Natural Philosophy by the Arabic philosopher   Averroes (Ibn Rušd, 1126–1198) and his immediate predecessor Avempace   (Ibn Bāǧǧa, c. 1070–1139): "Averroes (Ibn Rushd) and the Arabic,   Hebrew, and Latin Reception of Aristotle’s Philosophy of Nature". The   project will produce a total of 18 critical editions of the preserved   Arabic original texts and their medieval Hebrew and Latin   translations, which will be published both in print and as digital   editions. Starting in 2016, the project is scheduled to run for 25 years, and has received funding for the entire period of its duration   from the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and   the Arts. Directors: Prof. Dr. Andreas Speer, Jun.-Prof. Dr. David Wirmer.

The Digital Humanities position assigned to this project has the task

  • to evaluate existing editing tools and to adapt them to the needs of   the present project;
  • to assist the editors in the encoding in XML/TEI of complex   editorial findings;
  • to implement ― on the basis of an existing framework   ( ― solutions for the display of the   critical apparatus;
  • to contribute to the development of an TEI schema for edition meta-data;
  • to further develop the technical framework with a view to   standardized technologies and sustainability.

Appointment requirements are: either a university degree (Master) in  computer science and a good knowledge of questions and methods used in   the humanities, especially in edition philology or a university degree   (Master) in a field related to the subject-matter of the edition   project and in-depth knowledge in informatics. Eligible candidates   should demonstrate an excellent knowledge of XML/TEI, XML-databases,   XML editors and their customization, other XML-related standards and   web technologies. In addition, some experience in the creation of   print masters is desirable.

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Applicants for the positions in Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin Philosophy   should be competent in more than one area. Appointment requirements   are: a university degree and PhD in a field related to the   subject-matter of the edition project (e.g. History of Philosophy,   Classical Philology, Oriental Studies, Jewish Studies, etc.). Eligible   candidates should demonstrate an excellent knowledge of either Arabic,   Hebrew, or Latin, working knowledge of at least one of the other   languages, and close familiarity with Medieval philosophy. The   appointed editors are expected to work independently but in close  collaboration with their colleagues.

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The University of Cologne is an equal opportunities employer.   Applications of women are thus especially encouraged; applications of   disabled persons will be given preferential treatment to those of   other candidates with equal qualifications. Candidates should submit a   cover letter that describes their research, two letters of   recommendation, and a current curriculum vitae. To ensure full   consideration, applications must be received by February 15, 2016. 

Please send your documents to

Averroes Edition
Universitätsstraße 22
50923 Köln

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