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Postdoc position – ERC “Mapping Ancient Polytheisms”

Contrat post-doctoral – ERC « Mapping Ancient Polytheisms »

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Published on Friday, May 03, 2019 by Céline Guilleux


The ERC Advanced Grant Project 741182 MAP (Mapping Ancient Polytheisms. Cult Epithets as an Inteface between Religious Systems and Human Agency), led by Corinne Bonnet, is now accepting applications for a postdoctoral position (100%) from the 16/09/2019 at the Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès. The research may require scientific missions in France and/or abroad.


Postdoc position

  • The ERC Advanced Grant Project 741182 MAP (Mapping Ancient Polytheisms. Cult Epithets as an Inteface between Religious Systems and Human Agency), led by Corinne Bonnet, is now accepting applications for 1 postdoctoral position (100%) from the 16/09/2019.
  • Location: Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, Maison de la Recherche (presence required). The research may require scientific missions in France and/or abroad.
  • Contract Category: A
  • Contract duration: 1 year, with two possible renewals.

Main tasks

The postdoc will exploit the epithets attributed to the gods in Western Semitic texts (Hebrew, Aramaic, Phoenician and Punic), thus taking part in one of the two areas covered by the project: the Greek world (2 postdocs) and the Western Semitic world (2 postdocs, including the one recruited via this call), embracing a longue durée perspective from 1000 BCE to 400 CE.

Applicants are expected to list cult epithets from epigraphic, papyrological and literary sources, to enter them in a database, to investigate them with the support of network analysis and cartography, and to analyse them according to their context, as the most efficient indicator of the divine multiple powers and modes of action, as well as their connection to places

where humans interact with them. The comparative approach between the Greek world and the Western Semitic world will allow a reappraisal of concepts such as transfer, translation, and adaptation connected to epithets or their translation into images and stories.


  • scrutinise epigraphical and literary corpora in Hebrew, Aramaic and Phoenician (including Punic);
  • encode the data gathered in a database;
  • analyse the data combining traditional tools and innovative methods such as network analysis and its visualization;
  • present research results through original publications (articles and/or monography), in French and English mainly;
  • take active part to the scientific activities of the team: seminars, workshops, conferences, summer schools, etc., and to their organisation;
  • present these results at conferences or seminars outside Toulouse;
  • assure the maintenance of a website with the whole team;
  • take part into research dissemination activities;
  • if wished, the postdoctoral researchers will have the possibility to teach at the University Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, with an additional remuneration.

Each postdoc will take in turn the co-direction of the project for one year. Working time will be divided between the feeding of the database (approx. 50%) and qualitative studies on one or several specific geographic areas and/or thematic issues (approx. 50%). Work packages will be placed under the conjoined responsibility of two postdocs in order to stimulate comparatism.


  • in-depth training and research experience (PhD, post-doc) in the field of History of Religions in Antiquity; applicants should have received their PhD within the last five years;
  • excellent knowledge of one or several Western Semitic Languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Phoenician and/or Punic); the mastering of classical languages (Greek and/or Latin) would be appreciated;
  • familiarity with Semitic epigraphical or papyrological corpora;
  • skills in the field of multiculturalism or comparatism between Semitic and Greek worlds would be an additional asset;
  • good knowledge of databases;
  • Knowledge of tools deriving from network analysis and cartography would be an additional asset;
  • very good command of French and English and at least good comprehension of written German;
  • advanced teamwork skills.

Professional environment

The postdoc will work under the direction of the Principal Investigator of the MAP project, namely Corinne Bonnet. He/she will work with the whole team, which includes 3 other post-docs, the project-manager, a computer engineer, a PhD candidates and guest researchers.

Degree required

Applicants should hold a PhD in the field of Ancient History, Classics or equivalent.

For further details on the position, contact

Corinne BONNET: cbonnet@univ-tlse2.fr

Deadline for submission: 30/05/2019

Applicants are requested to submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae (Education, experience in research, Publications, Projects; 5-6 pages max.)
  • Motivation letter (1 p.)
  • PDF of the PhD dissertation and of the final report of the Commission.

To be sent to:

Direction d'Appui à la Recherche

Pôle Suivi des Embauches

5 allées Antonio Machado

31058 TOULOUSE cedex 9


or by mail at: recrutement.utm@univ-tlse2.fr


  • Université Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès - 5 allées Antonio Machado
    Toulouse, France (31000)


  • Thursday, May 30, 2019


  • religion, antique, monde sémitique


  • Corinne Bonnet
    courriel : cbonnet [at] univ-tlse2 [dot] fr

Information source

  • Sylvain Lebreton
    courriel : sylvain [dot] lebreton [at] univ-tlse2 [dot] fr

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« Postdoc position – ERC “Mapping Ancient Polytheisms” », Scholarship, prize and job offer, Calenda, Published on Friday, May 03, 2019, https://calenda.org/615033

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