Jobs & Funding

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



Associate Professor of Byzantine History (500-1200)

University of Oxford

Deadline: 19 March 2018

We are seeking to appoint an Associate Professor of Byzantine History (500-1200) from 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment will be made in association with a Fellowship at Corpus Christi College.

You will have research and teaching expertise in any area of Byzantine History from 500 to 1200. You will conduct advanced research, give lectures, classes and tutorials, supervise, support and examine students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and undertake administrative duties for both the Faculty and College. You will also play a strategic role in developing research programmes in Byzantine History and actively participate in the governance and administrative work of the Faculty and College.

You will have a doctorate in a relevant field, significant postdoctoral research and teaching experience and a recognised academic track record in Byzantine History (500-1200). You will have the ability to educate and inspire graduate and undergraduate students, and sufficiently wide historical interests to contribute effectively to the long-term development of the study of Byzantine History at Oxford. Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

For full details, see https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form


Postdoctoral Researcher, 'The Legacy of the Psalms in Byzantine Poetry'

Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Deadline: 15 March 2018

Duration: 4 years (2018-2022)

Beginning: June 1st, 2018

Description of subject area: “The Legacy of the Psalms in Byzantine Poetry: Book Epigrams and Metrical Paraphrases” is a joint project of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Ghent University. It is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF, project I 3544) and the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and directed by PD Dr Andreas Rhoby (Vienna) and Professor Dr Kristoffel Demoen (Ghent). It aims to investigate the reception of the Psalms in some specific genres of Byzantine poetry, i.e. in metrical paratexts (book epigrams) and metrical paraphrases. In addition, the project will analyse the impact of the Psalms for Byzantine (religious) poetry as well as the context of poems dealing with the Psalms. More specifically, the aim of the project part carried out at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, is to provide the first full critical edition of Manuel Philes’ Metaphrasis of the Psalms (of almost 3600 fifteen-syllable verses) (partly ed. by G. Stickler 1992).

Duties: The position involves the critical edition of Manuel Philes’ Metrical Metaphrasis of the Psalms (the main text witness is cod. Vat. gr. 16). Moreover, the position includes the participation in meetings of the two research partners and the participation in the academic and organizational preparation of a one-day workshop on psalters and Byzantine poetry in Ghent and a one-day workshop on Manuel Philes’ poetry in Vienna. The successful candidate is also required to contribute to the editing of the proceedings of the Ghent workshop.

Payment: according to FWF’s standard personnel costs and salaries list for postdocs (gross salaries!): www.fwf.ac.at/en/research-funding/personnel-costs/

The successful candidate will have:

  1. a PhD in Byzantine Studies with specific focus on Byzantine literature (preferably poetry)
  2. excellent knowledge of Ancient and Byzantine Greek
  3. editorial skills (and experience in editing Byzantine texts) including an excellent knowledge of Greek palaeography
  4. a very good knowledge of Byzantine literary, political and cultural history, especially of the Palaiologan period
  5. a substantial record of (peer reviewed) publications
  6. excellent knowledge of English (and preferably a working knowledge of German)

Application procedure: Applications must include a cover letter (max. 2 pages) describing the applicant’s qualifications, his/her interest in the subject and the additional expertise he/she expects to bring for the further development of the project. Also required are a CV (max. 2 pages; in list form, not as a narrative) and a complete list of publications. These documents are to be sent to andreas.rhoby@oeaw.ac.at. In addition, two letters of reference should be sent directly by the referees to andreas.rhoby@oeaw.ac.at.

Deadline of application: March 15th, 2018 (letters of reference must be received by this deadline as well). Candidates will be notified about the outcome of their application by the end of March 2018.


Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection Library Research Fellowship Program, 2018-2019

California State University, Sacramento, USA

Deadline: 28 February 2018

Thanks to generous ongoing funding from the Elios Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation, the University Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to announce the continuation of the Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento, CA. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred during the tenure of the awards and is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 75-mile radius of Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the current cycle will be tenable from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019. The fellowship application deadline is February 28, 2018. No late applications will be considered.

Consisting of the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection is the premier Hellenic collection in the western United States and one of the largest of its kind in the country, currently numbering approximately 75,000 volumes. It comprises a large circulating book collection, journal holdings, electronic resources, non-print media materials, rare books, archival materials, art and artifacts. With its focus on the Hellenic world, the Collection contains early through contemporary materials across the social sciences and humanities relating to Greece, the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, and the surrounding region, with particular strengths in Byzantine, post-Byzantine, and Modern Greek studies, including the Greek diaspora. There is a broad representation of over 20 languages in the Collection, with a rich assortment of primary source materials. Since 2009 the collection has experienced particularly dramatic growth through several major gift acquisitions. For further information about the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, visit library.csus.edu tsakopoulos-hellenic- collection.

For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and application instructions, see: library.csus.edu tsakopoulos-hellenic- collection/lrfp. Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection (paganelis@csus.edu).


Stavros Niarchos Fellowship in Classical Art

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

Deadline: 15 March 2018

The Stavros Niarchos Fellow in Classical Art will perform a range of curatorial activities in the Department of Art of the Ancient World. Projects will be determined by the department according to greatest need. Duties may include research and interpretation, improvement of records in the MFA’s collections-management database, object handling, assisting with gallery work, and presentations to the general public.

Qualifications/Requirements: advanced graduate student or recent PhD in Classical, late Roman, or early Byzantine art preferred; excellent clerical, computer, and communication skills required; attention to detail and accuracy a must; applicants must be able to provide proof of U.S. work authorization at the time of hire.

This is a temporary position for approximately 3 months, during the summer of 2018 (starting date negotiable). A stipend of $6,500 will be offered.

For further details, see http://www.mfa.org/employment/stavros-niarchos-fellowship-in-classical-art


Two Research Assistants (Byzantine) Greek Philology

University of Ghent, Belgium

Deadline: 28 February 2018

The Greek Section of the Departments of Literary Studies and Linguistics at Ghent University (Belgium) is seeking two well-qualified collaborators for the “Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams” (DBBE, www.dbbe.ugent.be). They will be part of a team of pre- and postdoctoral scholars within the project “Poetry from the Margins. Literary, linguistic, philological and cultural-historical analysis of a new corpus of Byzantine book epigrams (800-1453)”, related to DBBE. The director of this project is Professor Kristoffel Demoen and the project is generously supported by the Research Fund of Ghent University (within the “Concerted Research Actions” program).

For full details, see http://www.letterkunde.ugent.be/en/DBBEJobs2018