Postdoc 80-100%
Stamp seals from the Southern Levant: a multi-faceted prism for studying entangled histories in an interdisciplinary perspective. A SINERGIA research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation [CRSIIS_La6426]

University of Bern, 48 months (January 2020 to December 2023). Start of employment: 01.01.2020

This interdisciplinary, collaborative and multi-site project focuses on ancient stamp seals as a key medium for the study of second-to-first millenia historical entanglements in the Southern Levant (see CSSL factsheet 1.0 for further details). It engages a board of directors and an additional team of postdoc researchers and PhD students, an ICT technician, draftsperson(s) and student assistants.

Your responsibilities
Cataloguing, editing and revising corpus and database entries (c. 10'000 artifacts), based on own research and staff contributions, data processing and quality management, supervision of student assistants and draftspersons, scientific reporting, management of project funds in cooperation with the local and the leading house administration.
Your profile
You hold a finished PhD, based on a (preferably published) thesis of exceptional quality in Levantine/Egyptian/Near Eastern archaeology. Well acquainted with glyptic studies as well as Eastern Mediterranean and Near Eastern history BCE, you have a qualified interest in contributing to the Digital Humanities transition. You have thorough computing skills, talents for efficient and reliable (data-)management, and teamwork skills. - Excellent command of English is required and good (reading) knowledge of the German language is requisite.
We offer
varied and interesting work based at the Institute of Jewish Studies, both in the stimulating intellectual environment of the University of Bern and in the inspiring cultural atmosphere of the capital of Switzerland, a UNESCO world heritage city.
The University of Bern encourages gender equality and diversity and is committed to balance career and personal development. Salary according to cantonal regulations.
Place of work:
Institute of Jewish Studies, Länggassstrasse 51, CH-3012 Bern. - The successful candidate is expected to settle in or nearby Bern in order to be easily able to participate in project workshops and staff meetings.
Please submit your application as one PDF document in English (cover letter, curriculum vitae, a copy of relevant degree transcripts, research statement, publications if applicable) via e-mail to