Financement doctoral : 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 doctoral student:

 One 3-year position expected to commence between 1 July and 1 October 2013.  The monthly allowance is € 2071 (German pay scale 65% TV-L E13), liable to deductions for tax,

social security benefits and retirement provisions.  The contract will be with the University of Würzburg and Professor Hasse will normally serve as the

main supervisor or as one of the two co-supervisors. There is also a possibility of joint supervision with the Warburg Institute (University of London) and Professor Charles Burnett, in which case the doctoral student would be offered the opportunity to spend time at the Warburg Institute. The doctoral student is otherwise expected to work in Munich, together with the research team, or in Würzburg.

 Qualifications and skills: applicants must hold a Master or an equivalent degree in an area relevant to the project, have an excellent knowledge of Arabic and/or Latin and a good command of English (the primary language of publication of the project). Applicants should also have research interests in line with PAL objectives, in particular in the history of medieval or early modern science, in the making of critical editions of Arabic or Latin texts, and/or in handling manuscripts. The doctoral dissertation can be written in English (preferred) or German.

 The doctoral student will be able to spend most of his/her working time on his/her dissertation, whose topic will be in line with PAL objectives and will normally include the edition of an Arabic or Latin text (or both). The contract carries with it no teaching or administrative duties, but the doctoral student is expected to devote part of his/her time to other aspects of the project.

 The doctoral student will be given the opportunity to publish his/her doctoral dissertation in the PAL book series and, where relevant, on the PAL web interface, and he/she agrees to publish his/her dissertation in priority through those media. All contributions by the doctoral student will be published under his/her 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 where applicable); an outline (1-3 pages) of the proposed research project; and two letters of recommendation by academic referees. The letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the referees, either by email or by post (Prof. Dr. Dag Nikolaus Hasse, Institut für Philosophie, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Residenz – Südflügel, 97070 Würzburg, Germany).

For further enquiries, contact Dag Nikolaus Hasse or David Juste at

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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