Postdoctoral Research Associate, specialist in Cultural Anthropology or Religious Studies

Brno, Czech Republic
10 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
08 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department Department of Art History – Faculty of Arts

Deadline 8 Aug 2019

Start date 1 October 2019

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University announces an open competition for the position

Full-time (40 hours per week)

Job description:  

  • The Department of Art History invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate to work with the research project Becoming Radical? Visual Arts, Rituals, Performance and Conversion in the Early Christian Initiation (4th–6th centuries), funded by the Ministry of Education of Czech Republic, project ERC_CZ.
  • Based at Masaryk University, Brno, the research associate position is a full-time appointment, initially for 3 years but renewable up to September 2024. The successful applicant will take up the position in October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • The project will investigate the Role of Material, visual and ritual cultures into the Christianization of the Latin West. The project team is looking in particular for a researcher with a specialist in Cultural Anthropology or Religious studies.
  • For an informal discussion about the position and the project, including the specific theme, applicants are invited to contact the project leader, Ivan Foletti. Email:

Main Duties :

  • To undertake research necessary for the successful completion of the project Becoming Radical? Visual Arts, Rituals, Performance and Conversion in the Early Christian Initiation (4th–6th centuries),
  • To be responsible for a programme of research activities and publications linked to the theme of Late antique Conversion.
  • To collect and analyse research data through the collation of primary visual, textual and archival sources as well as secondary literature
  • To disseminate research findings through publication (e.g. articles, exhibitions, presentation of papers at research seminars, symposia etc)
  • To assist in the management and administration of the project, including management of the project website
  • To contribute to research-related activities and research-related administration in the Department of Art History

Person Specification and requirements:

  • A PhD in cultural anthropology or religious studies of late antique and medieval Mediterranean, with evidence of a published research.
  • Fluency in English, and high-level knowledge of at least one of Italian, French and German
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • A familiarity with relevant methods and current literature in the field relating to the project
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to the management and administration of the project

Applicants should submit:

  • CV
  • cover letter explaining your interest in the position 
  • degree documents
  • publication list

Application with all required documents should be sent by e-application available below. Electronic application deadline is: August 8, 2019.