University of Cologne, Thomas-Institut: 3 Editors / Research Associates, History of Philosophy

University of Cologne, Thomas-Institut

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Application Deadline: February 15, 2016


The Thomas-Institute at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne invites applications for three positions as

Editors / Research Associates (m/f) in Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin Philosophy

in fulltime (39.83 hours/week) starting May 1, 2016. Part-time employment is generally possible, unless official concerns conflict. The contracts are limited for three years and can be extended after 3 years depending on the planning of the next project phase. The salary is based on the German E13 TV-L scale if terms and conditions under collective bargaining law are fulfilled.

The Thomas-Institute at the University of Cologne (Germany) conducts a long-term project of critical editions of the writings on Natural Philosophy by the Arabic philosopher Averroes (Ibn Rušd, 1126–1198) and his immediate predecessor Avempace (Ibn Bāǧǧa, ca. 1070–1139): “Averroes (Ibn Rushd) and the Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin Reception of Aristotle’s Philosophy of Nature.” The project will produce a total of 18 critical editions of the preserved Arabic original texts and their medieval Hebrew and Latin translations, which will be published both in print and as digital editions. Starting in 2016, the project is scheduled to run for 25 years, and has received funding for the entire period of its duration from the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. Directors: Prof. Dr. Andreas Speer, Jun.-Prof. Dr. David Wirmer.

Because of the close interrelation between the three branches of the project, applicants should be competent in more than one area. Depending on applications, the positions may not adhere to the division above.

Appointment requirements are: a university degree and PhD in a field related to the subject-matter of the edition project (e.g. History of Philosophy, Classical Philology, Oriental Studies, Jewish Studies, etc.). Eligible candidates should demonstrate an excellent knowledge of either Arabic, Hebrew, or Latin, working knowledge of at least one of the other languages, and close familiarity with Medieval philosophy. The appointed editors are expected to work independently but in close collaboration with their colleagues.

The University of Cologne is an equal opportunities employer. Applications of women are thus especially encouraged; applications of disabled persons will be given preferential treatment to those of other candidates with equal qualifications.

Candidates should submit a cover letter that describes their research, two letters of recommendation, and a current curriculum vitae. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 15, 2016.

Posted: January 12, 2016