“Early Concepts of Man and Nature: Universal, Local, Borrowed”

The interdisciplinary Research Training Group (GRK) 1876 “Early Concepts of Man and Nature: Universal, Local, Borrowed”
established by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at Johannes Gutenberg University
Mainz invites applications for a four-year postdoc position (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, 13 TV-L 100%) starting on April 1, 2018.
The GRK is directed by scholars from the fields of Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Pre- and Protohistorical Archaeology (Pleistocene Archaeology), Near Eastern Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Classics (Greek and Latin),
Byzantine Studies and Medieval German Studies.
In the GRK’s research program, the object is to record examples of concepts of man and nature in the Near Eastern, Northeast African and European area in the period dating from ca. 100.000 years B.C.E. until the Middle Ages – based on textual, pictorial and material sources – and to study them from a culturally immanent as well as transcultural perspective.
Four main focal subject areas have been defined:
(1) Primordial conditions and elements, the origin and the end of the world;
(2) Natural phenomena, the forces of nature, and natural catastrophes;
(3) Flora, fauna, and natural environment;
(4) The conceptualization of the human body, of disease, healing and death.

For detailed information regarding our program for research and training and the academic staff involved, please refer to our
homepage (http://www.blogs.uni-mainz.de/fb07-grk-man-nature/).

We kindly ask you to submit your application electronically including the following documents:
A) as pdf:
1.) one page of motivational letter
2.) CV focusing on your previous academic career, list of publications, transcripts of records incl. high school diploma
3.) 6 pages outlining your intended research-project (problem, current state of research, aim, methods, work schedule)
B) two letters of recommendation:
directly from your supervisors, electronically to: grk1876@uni-mainz.de; subject heading: GRK1876_Your name.
C) additional pdf-files:
two of your most important publications and your dissertation

Please submit your complete application in electronic form (pdf) only no later than February 14th, 2018 to the GRK
spokesperson Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening (grk1876@uni-mainz.de). Interviews will be held in Mainz on February 27, 2018.