Full-time postdoctoral position or a PhD scholarship (KU Leuven) – Epistemic Authority in the Neoplatonic Commentaries on Plato

The De Wulf-Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy at KU Leuven (Belgium) invites applications for either a full-time postdoctoral position or a PhD scholarship as part of a research project on :

Epistemic Authority in the Neoplatonic Commentaries on Plato

which is funded by a KU Leuven C1 grant (PI: Jan Opsomer, co-supervisor: Pieter d’Hoine).

The successful candidate will be affiliated with the De Wulf-Mansion Centre and will work on the use of syllogistic reconstructions of Plato’s arguments in the later ancient Greek commentary tradition. The Centre offers excellent working conditions, a pleasant and stimulating environment, and ample opportunities for further professional development. More information on the project will be sent upon request.

DURATION: Fixed-term contract extendable up to 36 months (conditional upon an assessment after the first year)
 for the post-doc position (postdoctoral researchers with an ‘incoming mobility stipend’ – Belgian postdocs or researchers who obtained their PhD in Belgium do not qualify for this scholarship and can only be employed for up to 24 months) or 48 months (conditional upon an assessment after the second year) for the PhD scholarship

PLACE: Leuven

APPLY NO LATER THAN: 18 November 2016, 5 pm

Starting date: ASAP

Net amount of scholarship: roughly 2200 €/month 
(postdoc) or 1950 €/month (PhD)

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Candidates must hold a PhD in either philosophy or classics (for the postdoc position) or an MA in either of these subjects (for the PhD position) by the day of appointment. Candidates for the post-doc position must have demonstrable expertise in the Greek Neoplatonic commentary tradition or/and the history of ancient logic. Candidates for the PhD position should be prepared to acquire such expertise. Both types of candidates are expected to conduct innovative research at the highest international level. For the postdoctoral candidates, strong evidence of excellence in research is required. A thorough knowledge of ancient Greek is required for both positions. Depending on the qualifications of the applicants, the project will hire either a post-doc or a PhD candidate.

Application Materials

Candidates are requested to submit the following application materials, in the form of pdf’s, in a joint mail to 
jan.opsomer@kuleuven.be and pi eter.dhoine@kuleuven.be:

  • a cover letter
  • a CV, containing a research dossier
  • a recent sample of academic writing
  • two letters of recommendation (sent directly to the above email addresses by the referees, by November 18, 2016)

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