PhD position in Buddhist Studies
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Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies is looking for a:
PhD candidate in Buddhist Studies (1,0 fte)
Vacancy number: 18-200
The successful candidate will carry out research on Buddhist scriptures. This is part of the ERC-funded project, “The Composition of Buddhist Scriptures: Open Philology” headed by Prof. dr. Jonathan A. Silk. Details of the project may be found at https://leidenuniv.academia.edu/JASilk
Candidates are asked to familiarize themselves with the proposal before submitting an application.
The project is working to develop architectures for editing Buddhist scriptures which by their nature lack an Ur-text, and therefore cannot be edited in a traditional stemmatic fashion.
The PhD student will, in addition to core work on a thesis, contribute to a database which will provide the materials for alignment of the Tibetan and Chinese translations of the Mahāratnakūṭa collection of sūtras, and will work on this alignment itself. The thesis will normally include an edition and critical study of one or more of the sūtras in this collection.
The postholder will have high level knowledge of the relevant Buddhist languages, optimally Chinese, Tibetan and Sanskrit.
- Write a thesis on a sūtra in the Mahāratnakūṭa collection
- Participate in the research team building the editing environment
- Aid in the alignment of the Tibetan and Chinese versions of the Mahāratnakūṭa collection
- Disseminate his/her own research and the project to non-academic parties and on social media
- An MA degree in Buddhist Studies or a relevant degree ;
- Sufficient command of the relevant languages to engage in the research;
- Ability to communicate in written and oral academic English;
- Commitment to high-quality research, publication, and dissemination;
- Ability to plan and execute tasks independently and punctually;
- Ability to work as part of a larger team.
The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 995, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 7,000 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in modern buildings in The Hague. For more information: http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl
The PhD candidate will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/). LIAS is comprised of a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies, with international staff and student populations. The institute is committed to a present-day vision of area studies, integrating disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives on a solid foundation of excellent language skills.
Current staff in LIAS has expertise in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art Studies, Buddhist Studies, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Language Pedagogy, Law, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Material Culture Studies, Performance Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Political Economy, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Visual Culture Studies.
Terms and conditions
We offer a fulltime, for 38 hours per week, fixed-term post from, at latest, January 2019, through December 2022. Applicants might begin before January 2019, but a later start is not possible in view of the end of funding for the project on 31 December 2022.
Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from € 2,222.- to € 2,840.- (pay scale PhD candidate in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment.
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.
Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.
Queries can be directed to Jonathan Silk, email email@example.com
Please note: we would like to clarify that we do not have any internal candidate: all applicants will be equally considered.
Applications should be sent as soon as possible. Applications should be in English, and be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that you include in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order:
- A CV including education history and publications;
- A letter of motivation;
- One sample publication or other piece of academic written work;
- Names, positions and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters).
|Primary Category:||Religious Studies and Theology
|Secondary Categories:||Asian History / Studies