Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Helsinki

A new postdoctoral associate position in humanities is available at University of Helsinki. This position is available for 3 years in the first instance. Applicants should apply before January 07, 2019.

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Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 15 other locations. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for utilisation in social decision-making and the business sector. The Centre of Excellence in "Ancient Near Eastern Empires" (ANEE) at the University of Helsinki is now recruiting a member for team 1 "Digital Humanities Approaches". The team brings together Assyriologists and computer scientists to examine multiple social group identities present in the empires.

for a fixed term of up to 3 years, starting preferably on February 1, 2019 to work in the University of Helsinki. The successful candidate's research will focus on the goals of team 1 as specified below.

The appointee's main duties will consist of conducting joint research within team 1 and with other ANEE members and carrying out an own research project related to ANEE's research topics. Teaching or teaching-related tasks will make up 5 % of the position.

An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field. The candidate should have excellent analytical and methodological skills, and be able to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary scientific community. The successful candidate is expected to have excellent skills in written and oral English. Skills in Finnish or Swedish are not required.

As ANEE is deeply multidisciplinary, interest in scientific collaboration across team and crossing disciplinary boundaries will be considered an advantage.

The salary is EUR 3300,00 - 3700,00 per month, depending on the appointee's qualifications and experience. Relocation costs can be negotiated and ANEE will offer help and information for the practicalities, if needed. The salary for the position will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities with a component based on personal performance.

(1) CV (max. 3 pages) (2) Contact information for two referees (3) A research statement (max. 2000 words) consisting of i) a brief description of previous relevant experience ii) a proposal for the research project that the applicant wants to conduct in ANEE (including suggested dates for the project) iii) a brief description of the plans for scientific cooperation within ANEE, preferably specifying relevant team and work packages (for more information on work packages, please see Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to send their application via the SAP HR portal Deadline for applications is January 7, 2019.

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The Centre of Excellence in "Ancient Near Eastern Empires" (ANEE) at the University of Helsinki runs from 2018-2025 and is directed by Dr. Saana Svrd. ANEE asks: How do changing imperial dynamics impact social group identities and lifeways over a millennium from the Neo-Assyrian to the early Roman / Parthian Empires? ANEE engages with methodologically varied yet integrated research on the long-term processes by which social group identities and lifeways were negotiated. Taken together, the innovations of ANEE are the integrated longue dure approach and the methodological innovativeness of each team (both separately and in collaboration).

Team 1 "Digital Humanities Approaches" develops digital humanities approaches (especially social network analysis and language technology), using these to supplement the more traditional Assyriological approaches. The team is led by Saana Svrd and Krister Lindn, and it consists of Assyriologists and computer scientists working in close collaboration. The current research projects of the team focus on topics such as language technological analysis of and dialect identification in the Akkadian language, migration in the Ancient Near East, peripheries of ancient empires, elite and marginal identities, and literary history of imperial narratives.

For more information on team 1, its members, and ANEE as a whole, please see

The following list of research topics is intended for informing prospective candidates on the focal points of team 1's future research and helping them to design their own research projects.

– Elite identity in the Assyrian / Babylonian / Persian Empire – Local elites and identities in marginalising regions – Social network analysis of elite and local communities – Concepts and perceptions of "us" and "them" in Akkadian texts – Language technological analysis of Akkadian texts For further information on the position, please contact Krister Lindn (


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