The Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires is recruiting members for three teams which investigate identity-building processes. Each team has a methodologically specific approach yet collaborates on four work packages. Applications are invited for 2-5 Postdoctoral Researchers for a fixed term of 2-3 years, preferably starting on 1 January 2018 to work in the University of Helsinki.

The Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (ANEE) at the University of Helsinki will run from 2018-2025 and is directed by Dr. Saana Svärd. ANEE asks: How do changing imperial dynamics impact social group identities and lifeways over a millennium? ANEE covers the Neo-Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, Persian, Hellenistic, and 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 durée approach; and the methodological innovativeness of each team (both separately and in collaboration). There will be several recruitment calls for fixed term positions during ANEE’s lifespan (doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and university researchers).

The successful candidates’ research projects will focus on the goals of a team or teams. The applicant should indicate to which team she/he is applying. The appointed postdoctoral researchers will have proven expertise in one of the areas of interest of ANEE. Their main duties will include full-time research in their respective fields. As ANEE is deeply multidisciplinary, competence in more than one field and/or proof of successful scientific collaboration will be considered an advantage. The post will require both independent and collaborative scientific publishing.

Deadline for applications is 15th of October, 2017.