The Department of Ancient Civilizations invites applications for a 60% Postdoc position in Roman History, tenable for 32 months from August 2021 .
The Postdoc project forms part of the SNSF-funded research project 'The Roman Egypt Laboratory : Climate Change, Societal Transformations, and the Transition to Late Antiquity' led by Prof.
Dr. Sabine Huebner at the Institute of Ancient History. For further information please see :
The project and academic scope of the Postdoc project
The interaction between climate change, environmental stress, pandemics, and societal transformations is increasingly attracting the interest of the scientific community and the general public alike, as contemporary concerns about global warming and the appearance of new infectious diseases grow.
The 'Roman Egypt Laboratory' approaches the problem from a historical perspective and examines the influence of climate change and pandemics as a driver of economic and socio-political change during the crisis of the Roman Empire in the 3rd century CE.
The project will apply groundbreaking and innovative multidisciplinary approaches to the complex relationships between climate variability and environmental change on the one hand and the ability and capacity of human society to adapt to these challenges on the other.
Due to its unparalleled evidence, the Roman province of Egypt can serve as a case study to test such hypotheses. This project is thus designed as a laboratory for reviewing the methodological and practical issues relevant to the ways in which natural scientists, historians, and archaeologists may collaborate in the study of past societies.
The advertised Postdoc in Ancient History contributes to the overall research question by compiling and analyzing the historical evidence in regard to the political and social history of the period, concerning, e.
g., sociopolitical crises, external military pressure, invasions, riots and civil war, usurpations, disease occurrences, and local or centrally organized persecutions of minorities in third-century Roman Egypt.
The advertised Postdoc will preferably conduct their research focusing on, but not exclusively dealing with, the papyrological evidence, and is expected to cooperate with the other historical, archaeological, and climatological subprojects.
Applicants should hold a PhD in Ancient History, Documentary Papyrology, or related fields, demonstrate a profound competence in Roman Egyptian history, be highly motivated to conduct innovative transdisciplinary research at the crossroads of ancient history, archaeology, digital humanities, and paleoclimatology, display an excellent control of English and of other research languages, and be able to work autonomously within an internationally and institutionally diverse environment.
A stimulating research environment at the Department of Ancient Civilizations with one of the world's leading research libraries in Classical Studies and Papyrology.
The Institute of Ancient History hosts the 'Basel Climate Science & Ancient History Lab' (ancientclimate.philhist.unibas.
ch / en / the-lab / ) directed by Prof. Dr. Sabine R. Huebner, accommodates multiple ongoing large-scale research projects on Graeco-Roman Egypt, and a graduate education specialized in digital papyrology and the history of Graeco-Roman Egypt.
The salary and the conditions of employment will be those of the University of Basel.
Application / Contact
We are looking forward to receiving your complete application. Applicants should submit a motivation letter, a current CV (including a list of publications) and a copy of their academic degrees via the online application portal of the university (see button below) till 10 June 2021 .
Two confidential letters of reference should be sent by the referees directly to Prof. Dr. Sabine Huebner (sabine.huebner unibas.
ch). Applications not submitted via the online application portal of the university will not be considered. Questions about the position can be addressed to Prof.
Dr. Sabine Huebner, Department of Ancient Civilizations, University of Basel, Petersgraben 51, CH - 4051 Basel (sabine.huebner unibas.ch).