Post-doctorat : Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus : Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Munich

The project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus (PAL) is dedicated to the edition and study of the Arabic and Latin versions of Ptolemy’s astronomical and astrological texts and related material. These include works by Ptolemy or attributed to him, commentaries thereupon and other works that are of immediate relevance to understanding Ptolemy’s heritage in the Middle Ages and the early modern period up to 1700 A.D.

The project is hosted by the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Munich for a period of 25 years starting in 2013. It is supervised by Prof. Dr. Dag Nikolaus Hasse (University of Würzburg) and carried out by five scholars as follows: two research leaders, Dr. David Juste (formerly University of Sydney) and Dr. Benno van Dalen (formerly University of Munich); two post-doctoral researchers; and one doctoral student.

We welcome applications for the two post-doctoral researchers (no age limit):

 Two full-time positions for a period of 2 years, which can be extended to a maximum a 5 years pending positive evaluation. The positions are expected to commence between 1 July and 1 October 2013.

 The monthly salary range is € 3726-4599 liable to deductions for tax, social security benefits and retirement provisions. The salary will be dependent on relevant academic experience (German pay scale TV-L E13).

 The postdoctoral researchers will have office facilities at the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Munich, together with the other project members, and are normally expected to work there full time. The contract will be with the University of Würzburg.

 Qualifications and skills: applicants must hold a PhD in an area relevant to the project, have an excellent knowledge of Arabic and/or Latin, a good command of English (the primary language of publication of the project), and preferably have research experience in line with PAL objectives, in particular in the history of medieval or early modern science, in editing Arabic or Latin texts, and/or in handling manuscripts. Candidates qualified for preparing the catalogue of Arabic manuscripts are especially encouraged to apply. Knowledge of German is desirable.

 The postdoctoral researchers are expected to be active members of the research team and to take part in the various aspects of the project, including decision-making. This is particularly important as the project is in its first years of operation. More specifically, the postdoctoral researchers are expected to:

 each be responsible for one module or research unit (see project description §9), which they are expected to have completed by the end of the contract. This module will be chosen in consultation with the other project members and in accordance with the candidate’s expertise and interests. In most cases, it will consist of a critical edition of an Arabic or Latin text (or both);

 devote part of their time (approx. 25%) to implementing material for the PAL web interface, in particular the digital reproductions and online transcriptions of the Corpus Ptolemaicum;

 participate in other aspects of the project, including the organisation of the first PAL international conference (scheduled in 2015), the edition of the proceedings of that conference, the implementation of the Greek-Arabic-Latin astronomical and astrological glossary, or others to be agreed on among the project members.

 The successful candidates agree to publish the main result of the module for which they are responsible (e.g., a critical edition or a catalogue) in the PAL book series and on the PAL web interface. All contributions by members of the research team will be published under their own name and authorship will be duly acknowledged in every collaborative output, including online publications.

 Applications should be sent in English or German to Prof. Dr. Dag Nikolaus Hasse by email ( before 15 April 2013. Applications should include a complete CV with a list of publications; a letter of motivation, in which the applicant is asked to address the above description and qualifications and to propose a starting date; and the names and contact details of up to two academic referees who may be contacted by the project members.

Applicants may be invited to a phone or Skype interview. Receipt of the application will be acknowledged. The outcome of all applications will be notified by email as early as possible.

For further enquiries, please contact David Juste (

Sterenn Le Maguer

Archéologue spécialiste de la péninsule Arabique et du commerce dans l'océan Indien, vacataire à l'Institut catholique de Paris, chercheure associée au CEFREPA.

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