PhD in Ancient Astronomy in Berlin

The project ZODIAC – Ancient Astral Science in Transformation” (ERC) based at
the Institute for the History of Knowledge in the Ancient World (FU Berlin)
invites applications for a PhD position (3.5 years).

The successful applicant will collaborate with Principal Investigator
Mathieu Ossendrijver and the ZODIAC team to pursue a PhD project on
ancient mathematical astronomy. The preferred topic of the PhD project
is to evaluate and interpret developments in the accuracy of
prediction in Babylonia and Greco-Roman Egypt. Preference will be
given to candidates with a background in an exact science (astronomy,
mathematics, informatics) and a field of ancient philology
(Assyriology; classics; Demotic) or history of science. Exceptional
without a background in ancient world studies or exact science and
other PhD projects on ancient mathematical astronomy within the
and geographical scope of ZODIAC will also be considered.

The PhD position offers a unique opportunity to work in an
international and interdisciplinary research environment. The
successful applicant
will be based at ZODIAC and enrolled in the doctoral program Ancient
Philosophy and History of Ancient Science (APhil/HistAS) of the Berlin
Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BERGSAS, The prospective starting
date is 1 July 2022 or as soon
as possible thereafter.

Job description:
* complete a PhD project on ancient mathematical astronomy
* participate in ZODIAC research meetings, contribute to the
development of ZODIAC’s
   research infrastructure
* enroll in the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BERGSAS)
* present own research at conferences and workshops
* participate in the organisation of ZODIAC workshops, public outreach
and social media
   activities related to the PhD project

Master’s degree in an exact science (e.g. astronomy, physics,
mathematics, informatics) and/or an equivalent degree in another area
relevant to
the PhD project (history of science, Assyriology, classics, Egyptology)

* master’s degree in an exact science (astronomy, physics,
mathematics, informatics)
* bachelor or master’s degree or documented skills in a relevant field
of ancient philology
   (Assyriology; classics; papyrology; Demotic)
* experience with or interest in astronomical computation, both
ancient and modern
* very good analytical skills, relevant programming skills and
academic writing skills
* ability to work independently, good communicative skills, and team spirit
* excellent English language skills (written and oral)
* strong motivation to complete a PhD dissertation in 3.5 years

Applicants should include:
* cover letter
* complete curriculum vitae including list of publications if applicable
* relevant certificates and documentation of qualification
* exposé (max. 3 pages plus references) with an outline of the
proposed dissertation project and
research ideas
* writing samples (MA thesis, papers, and/or publications) totalling
at least 20 pages
* names and contact details of two referees (those of shortlisted
candidates will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation)

Applications should be sent by e-mail, together with significant
documents, indicating the reference code, in PDF format (preferably as
document) to Herrn Dr. Mathieu Ossendrijver: