Post-doctoral position on the ERC BICROSS project (bilingual manuscripts)
Last modification : Monday, September 19, 2022
The KU Leuven, Belgium, invites applications from suitably qualified
candidates for a 100% post-doctoral position examining bilingual evidence in
New Testament manuscripts. The successful candidate will form part of the
research team of the European Research Council (ERC) funded Consolidator
Grant project “BICROSS – The Significance of Bilingual Manuscripts for
Detecting Cross-Language Interaction in the New Testament Tradition”. The
project is situated within the Research Unit of Biblical Studies of the
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. Project BICROSS is an
interdisciplinary project linking Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Gothic,
Armenian and Arabic philology, New Testament textual criticism, manuscript
studies, ancient history and digital humanities. The project investigates
bilingual New Testament manuscripts from the 4th century to the 15th century.
It aims at establishing the significance of bilingual manuscripts for the
formation and transmission of New Testament texts by uncovering mutual
exchange and cross-language interaction through a multilingual approach. The
project team will assess bilingual manuscripts as artefacts (codicology) and
analyse their texts by means of digital tools in order to classify their
readings and relationships. Working as part of a team of researchers, the
successful candidate will contribute to the project's objectives by
codicologically and textually analysing bilingual New Testament manuscripts.
The successful candidate will
collect and process codicological data of New Testament bilingual
manuscripts, including conducting searches in library catalogues and
investigate and compare bilingual manuscripts textually, including
detailed grammatical analyses (morphology, syntax, semantics).
establish, compare and investigate significant variant readings and their
development across languages.
digitally transcribe, study and analyse bilingual bilingual manuscripts
and their text using digital images, databases and electronic
work both independently and closely with other members of the research
team to deliver the project's goals.
present research results at international and national conferences and
colloquia and publish research results at the highest scientific level.
participate in the organisation of events, activities and other tasks
related to the project and its research (colloquia, team events, visits
from external experts etc.).
The successful candidate
has completed a PhD in Theology (New Testament Studies or Patristics),
Classics, Oriental Studies, Linguistics or a related field.
has an excellent command of Greek and at least one other major language of
the project, ideally more, to compare bilingual texts on equal footing.
has significant experience with working in the field of manuscript studies
and textual criticism, including codicology, and is familiar with the
tedious scrutiny of variant readings. Experience with manuscript
databases, digital platforms and tools is desirable.
is enthusiastic about manuscripts, languages and grammatical analyses.
Familiarity with grammar theories, including dependency and valency
grammar, is advantageous.
has an excellent command of English (project language) and sufficient
competence in other languages to access relevant secondary literature.
is hard-working, organised, independent and cooperative.
is willing to work in Leuven and to travel on project business (incl.
conferences), experience with working in research teams would be
We are offering a full-time position in an intellectually challenging and
inspiring environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally
oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. It
is highly inter- and multidisciplinary focused and strives for international
The successful candidate will be part of an innovative research team in
Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium,
within 20 minutes from Brussels, and less than two hours from Paris, London
and Amsterdam. KU Leuven provides practical support with regard to immigration
& administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, etc. Further information
can be obtained on: https: // www. kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/en/academic-
The project begins on 1st October 2022 and the postdoctoral researcher is
scheduled to start as soon as possible. The contract will initially be for 2
years (with 6 months as probation period) and may be extended subject to a
positive performance review and the project's budget. The project team is led
by Prof. Christina M. Kreinecker.
Your application should include (and be limited to) the following
• letter of motivation (max. 1 page);
• curriculum vitae including details of linguistic skills;
• contact details for two people from different institutions who are willing
to provide a reference;
• outline of previous experience in the field of manuscript studies and
particular interests in relation to bilingual manuscripts and the profile of
this vacancy (max. 2 pages).
Further enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Christina M. Kreinecker, email:
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