Jobs & Funding

Opportunities currently available within the field of Byzantine studies, in the UK and around the world.

Post-Doctoral Research Grant in Medieval Greek Diplomatics and Palaeography in Norman Sicily

Deadline: 30 June 2018

Over the summer (June to August) 2018, the Università degli Studi di Palermo, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, will publish the advertisement for a Post-Doctoral Research Grant in Medieval Greek Diplomatics and Palaeography, as part of the research project Documenting Multiculturalism: co-existence, law and multiculturalism in administrative and legal documents of Norman and Hohenstaufen Sicily, c.1060-c.1266 (DocuMult), funded by an ERC Advanced Grant to Professor Jeremy Johns of the University of Oxford, in partnership with the Università degli Studi di Palermo. For further information about the DocuMult project, see here:

The successful candidate will work under the direction of Prof.ssa Cristina Rognoni, Professore Associato di Civiltà Bizantina at the Università degli Studi di Palermo, who is the Senior Researcher responsible for the study of the Greek documents for the DocuMult Project, and under the overall supervision of the Principal Investigator, Prof. Jeremy Johns. The normal place of work will be the Università degli Studi di Palermo; the successful candidate will be expected to make annual research trips to Oxford.

The successful candidate will begin work on 1st October 2018 and will be employed for two years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for a total of up to five years until 30th September 2018.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:
• expertise in the field of medieval Greek diplomatics and palaeography, working with original documents (not just editions or transcriptions);
• publication, appropriate to the applicant’s stage of career, of original historical research making use of medieval Greek documents;
• excellent communication, interpersonal, and organisational skills, including a fluent command of spoken and written Italian, and the ability to work successfully as part of a team.
• good command of Latin and of spoken and written English, with at least passive knowledge of French and German; some knowledge of Arabic, while not essential, might be an advantage;
• experience and competence in the use of relational databases for research;
• a good knowledge of the history of the island of Sicily under Norman and Hohenstaufen rule, or the willingness to acquire it.

Potential candidates are invited to express their interest in the post to Prof.ssa Cristina Rognoni by submitting a curriculum vitae and a brief letter outlining why they are interested in the DocuMult Project, both as pdf files, to, ideally so as to arrive before 30 June 2018.

6 positions for doctoral research associates

Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Deadline: 22 June 2018

Participating in this Research Training Group are the disciplines of Ancient History, Antique Church History/Theology, Byzantine Studies, Medieval History, Eastern European History, Early Modern Church History, Classical Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Early and Prehistorical Archaeology (with a focus on Medieval Archaeology) and Musicology.

The goal of the Research Training Group is to examine the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War and the importance of Byzantium for them from a transcultural perspective, from the Roman Imperial Period to the Early Modern Period. With cultures of war are understood to be the forms and practices of war as well as the norms, interpretations, attributions of meaning and reflections referring to war. The mutual processes of exchange, differentiation or reception (from antique influences in Byzantium to Byzantine models in the post-Byzantine Period) will be explored via four thematic areas:

            1.Strategies of justification and legitimation

            2.Conceptualizations of persons and groups

            3.Rituals and worship

            4.Knowledge and infrastructure

The prospective dissertation project must address at least one of these thematic areas as well as be housed within one of the participating disciplines.

Duties include:

  • Further scholarly attainment through the writing of a dissertation
  • Regular participation in the Research Training Group’s structured program of study and its events. The participants are thus required to reside in Mainz.

For full details, see

PhD position in Ecclesiastical Organisation and Christian Topography of the Lower Danube during Late Antiquity

University of Lille

Deadline: 15 June 2018

The DANUBIUS project, funded by the I-SITE ULNE for the period 2018-2021 and which is hosted by the University of Lille, within the HALMA-UMR 8164 research unit, offers one PhD position starting in October 2018. The position is limited to 36 months. The PhD will investigate aspects of the Christianisation of the Lower Danubian region in Late Antiquity, both from the archaeological and historical points of view, in a topic to be negotiated between the selected candidate and the scientific coordinator of the research programme, Dr Dominic Moreau, relying on the project proposed in the application (depending on the topic, there is a possibility of thesis co-supervision).

For more information about the DANUBIUS project, please refer to:


  • Relevant master’s degree in Roman History (High or Late Imperial era), on a topic involving archaeological sources, or in Roman Archaeology, on a topic involving written sources.
  • Interest in the main topic and digital humanities (knowledge in geomatics – GIS models – would be a real asset).
  • Willingness to work on a highly interdisciplinary, collaborative and international research project (many trips to Eastern Europe are planned).
  • Practical experience in archaeology.
  • Knowledge of Latin and Ancient Greek.
  • Proficiency in English (level C).
  • Knowledge, even rudimentary, of French (if the candidate is not fluent in that language, he/she will be strongly encouraged to learn it during the contract), German, Bulgarian and/or Romanian would be an asset.

Complete applications, that include a cover letter, c.v., copies of relevant transcripts, a sample of work (term paper or publication), a proposal of topic with a short abstract (1 page maximum), and a letter of recommendation, are to be submitted by 15 June 2018, by e-mail, in PDF, to the following address:

The recruitment commission will meet a first time to decide which applications will be selected and those which have been selected will be promptly invited to an interview by Skype, which will take place before the committee before July.

Start date: 1 October 2018

Income: according to the research contracts wage scale of the University of Lille, ongoing on the effective date of the contract (about € 2.750 gross monthly salary).