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The Faculty of Theology invites applications for

2–3 Postdoctoral Researchers in the project The Septuagint and Its Ancient Versions

The Faculty of Theology in the University of Helsinki is searching for 2–3 Postdoctoral Researchers for a period of 2–3 years for the Academy of Finland funded research project The Septuagint and Its Ancient Versions (PI: Dr. Tuukka Kauhanen) to carry out research connected to:
• Textual criticism of the Septuagint version of 2 Samuel (2 Kingdoms)
• The ancient translations of the Septuagint
The research will be related to Kauhanen’s project on the critical edition of 2 Samuel (2 Kingdoms) for the series Septuaginta: Vetus Testamentum Graecum of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences. (See The project aims at establishing the closest-to-original text of the ancient Greek translation of that book. The research group includes computer experts and has a wide range of international collaboration partners. Researchers in The Septuagint and Its Ancient Versions will work in close collaboration with the PI and his associates. Their duties include:

• Collation and text-critical analysis of an ancient translation of the Greek 2 Samuel,
• OR text-critical analysis of portions of the Greek 2 Samuel utilizing at least one ancient translation.
• Sharing and processing the textual data on an electronic platform.
• Publishing their analytical findings on the text(s) they study in first-rate journals.
• Teaching and related duties in the Faculty of Theology (5–10%).

Doing research in The Septuagint and Its Ancient Versions will offer a chance for inspiring, creative team-work in a modern, research-oriented institution in the heart of Helsinki. The researchers will develop their expertise in the field of textual studies of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament. In addition, they will acquire (basic) skills needed in the ever-growing field of Digital Humanities.

Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. degree in biblical studies or a related field in ancient/classical philology. The following skills are necessary:
• Excellent skills in Greek (koine or Classical) and in Biblical Hebrew
• Good command of at least one other ancient language related to the research project: Latin, Coptic, Ethiopic, Syriac/Aramaic, Armenian, Georgian
• Experience in the study of the Septuagint or in textual criticism / textual history of the Hebrew Bible
• Good English language written and oral communication skills.
Skills or experience in any of the following is considered an advantage: knowledge of the textual history of the Septuagint, especially of the Historical Books; experience in text-critical work on any ancient document; and experience in Computer Science or Digital Humanities.
The positions will be filled for 2–3 years, starting November 2019 at the earliest, and September 2020 at the latest. The salary will be based on the Finnish university salary system (YPJ), 3300–3800 €/month (40,000–46,000 €/year) depending on the merits and experience of the appointee. The appointment starts with a probationary period of six months.

Application (in a single pdf-file) must contain:
• motivation letter, describing the previous research experience (1 page max.)
• CV incl. list of publications (2 p. max.)
• certificate of Ph.D. degree
• names and contact details for two references
• proposal for a research topic in the project (1 p. max.), naming the ancient translation(s) and/or 2 Samuel passage(s) to be investigated and the most important primary sources and research literature
The closing date for applications is 1 September. Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the Apply for the position link below. Applicants employed by the University of Helsinki must submit their application through the SAP HR portal (
For more information, please contact Dr. Tuukka Kauhanen tuukka.kauhanen(at)
Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi(at)

Due date

01.09.2019 23:59 EEST