job posting: Assistant professor in the History of Western Esotericism in Late Antiquity

Now here is something you won’t see every day – a one-of-a-kind job posting calling for an expert in, well, everything on this website. I copy the first paragraph below, with a link to the full ad:

The Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies of the Faculty of Humanities is looking for an Assistant professor (UD) in the History of Western Esotericism in Late Antiquity.

Job description

The candidate holds a PhD in a relevant field, and is a specialist in the study of Western Esotericism in Late Antiquity. S/he will be expected to initiate personal research projects in the history of esoteric currents in this period, with a particular focus on one or more of the following areas: religious Platonism and Platonizing religion in the Hellenistic period, Hermetism, Gnosticism, Neoplatonic theurgy, the so-called ‘occult sciences’ (astrology, magic, alchemy), relevant Jewish and Christian traditions under the Roman empire, and the continuation of these traditions in eastern Christianity. S/he will be expected to publish actively in appropriate scholarly media and to collaborate in common research activities with the other staff members of the Centre, of the Religious Studies program and more generally of the Faculty of Humanities if the occasion calls for it. The successful candidate for the position is expected to be an active and ambitious researcher and will have a good record of high quality academic publications focused on one or more currents in this domain, and solid general knowledge of the domain as a whole. As a specialist in the study of Western Esotericism for the indicated period, the candidate will be able to teach about its relevant aspects both on the undergraduate and graduate levels. S/he will also be conversant with current research and debates in the field of Western esotericism, as represented by publications in relevant journals and book series. Demonstrated ability to apply for and obtain research funding will be considered a plus.

For details, see the posting at the UvA website here.