postdoctoral position: ancient religion (Freibourg, Switzerland)

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Call for applications for one Postdoctoral position in Ancient History (with a focus on the History of ancient religions)
Within the framework of the project “Religious competition in Late Antiquity: A Laboratory of New Categories, Taxonomies and Methods” (2019-2023), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and led by Francesco Massa, the Department of History of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) invites applications for one fully funded postdoctoral position.
Starting date: January 2020
Location: University of Fribourg
Duration: max. 3 years
Gross Salary: approx. 72’000 Swiss francs (= 63’200 euros) / year
Aim of the Project
The project seeks to show how religious competition in Late Antiquity between pagans, Jews, and Christians shaped the way we think and talk about religions. The inquiry deals with three related trends: (1) The emergence of a new vocabulary of religion, as well as new ways of defining “religion”, in Late Antiquity; (2) the tendency towards organizing the religious traditions of the Roman Empire in the form of a hierarchy; (3) the emergence of a new discourse on the history of religions. These three phenomena have influenced the history of the Roman Empire and of the Western world in general. Based on her/his research expertise, the candidate will explore a focused research area and research topic related to religious competitions in Late Antiquity. Proposals with a focus on epigraphy and legal texts are specifically encouraged. The successful candidate will participate in the project’s scientific activities and perform any other duties related to the project as required.
Ph.D. in Ancient History, Classics or History of religions (after January 1, 2017)
excellent knowledge of Greek and Latin
excellent knowledge of French and English
knowledge of German and Italian desirable
CV (max. 4 pages)
Research proposal (max. 5 pages)
Copy of the Ph.D. dissertation
Two letters of reference
Copy of the Ph.D. diploma (or official document from the university explicitly stating the expected defence date)
Copy of the final report of the Commission (if available)
Copy of one significant publication representative of the candidate’s work. Applications must be submitted (in French or English) in one single file (PDF format) to Francesco Massa ( by October 15, 2019. Interviews for selected candidates will take place by videoconference on November 6, 2019. Candidates selected for interview will be informed by e-mail before October 25, 2019.