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3.12.2019: 12 to 36 -month post-doctoral position in History of the ANE

The ERC project PALaC (funded by the European Union’s programme Horizon 2020 – G.A. 757299), based at the University of Verona, Italy, is looking for a post-doctoral researcher in History of the Ancient Near East. The appointment is for 12 months with the possibility of an extension to a maximum of 36 months after yearly evaluation (with an indicative monthly salary of ca. 1800€ after taxes). The researcher will work exclusively on the PALaC project. The appointment is incompatibile with any other work or study contract or fellowship.
Work place is Verona, Italy.

The successful candidate must hold a PhD in History of the Ancient Near East (or any reasonably comparable subject, provided that the focus is on the history of the Eastern Mediterranean and of the Near East in pre-classical times).

The aim of the research will be the analysis of the historical
contexts of the areas affected by cultural and linguistic contact,
aimed at the integration of the philological and linguistic results of the PALaC project’s linguistic work packages in an interpretive
cultural-historical framework. Documented competences in the following scientific fields will be required: (1) political history of
pre-classical Anatola and of the neighboring areas of the Ancient Near East; (2) knowledge of the main languages of the area (Akkadian, Hittite) and of the documentary sources; (3) general knowledge of Syro-Anatolian archaeology, in particular as regards the diffusion of ceramic types and the geography of roads and communications routes.

The deadline for the submission of applications is December 23, 2019 (1 o’clock PM Italian time), and the call and forms are available at
the following link:

Call and application form are available both in Italian and in
English; candidates who cannot be in Verona for the interview
(scheduled on January 7, 2020 at 9 o’clock Italian time) will be
allowed to use Skype (please indicate this request when you fill in the application forms).

2. ERC Visiting Research Fellowship 2019

The ERC project PALaC (“Pre-Classical Anatolian Languages in Contact”, GA 757299), is available to host a scholar for a period of 1 to 6 months under the ‘Visiting Research Fellowship’ programmes. Funding covers all costs of the research visit including salary, travel and reasonable subsistence costs. However, you must apply for an ERC grant after the visit within a time specified in your funding agreement.

The programmes are offered by selected research institutions, which manage the call and should be contacted by perspective applicants. You can find the details here:

The calls, evaluations and und fundings are issued and managed by the national agencies, which will provide further information.

Currently the following Visiting Research Fellowship programmes are in place:

  • Croatia, with the Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ)
  • Czech Republic, with the Czech Science Foundation (GA CR)
  • Estonia, with the Estonia Research Council (ETag)
  • Flanders (Belgium), with the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)
  • Georgia, with the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSFG)
  • Poland, with the National Science Centre (NCN)
  • Slovak Republic, with the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)
  • Slovenia, with the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS)

However, interested scholars from an eligible area should preferably contact the PALaC project’s PI ( beforehand, to discuss the research plan of a possible application.