Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia
4 Postdoc positions in the ERC funded project “The Dawn of Tibetan Buddhist Scholasticism”
The Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna invites applications for four Postdoc positions in the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant project “The Dawn of Tibetan Buddhist Scholasticism (11th-13th c.).”
The Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW), Austria’s leading non-university research and science institution, was founded in 1991. It is dedicated to long-term research on Asian cultures. The geographic and cultural area under consideration includes East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Central Asia. The Institute facilitates research in cultural history and the history of ideas in the disciplines Indology, Tibetology, Sinology, Japanology, Buddhist Studies, Religious Studies and Philosophy. Research at the Institute, concentrated on selected areas of focus, is grounded in primary sources in the relevant languages and avails itself of philological-historical methods enriched with accents derived from cultural studies.
Currently, the IKGA invites applications for four Postdoc positions
- Postdoc position (F*M) PD1 "Hermeneutics", 30 hours per week
- Postdoc position (F*M) PD2 "Argumentation", 30 hours per week
- Postdoc position (F*M) PD3 "Networks", 20 hours per week
- Postdoc position (F*M) PD4 "Digital Humanities", 16 hours per week
These positions are part of the ERC-funded consolidator project "The Dawn of Tibetan Buddhist Scholasticism (11th– 13thc.)" [ERC Cog 101001002]. This project integrates the contextual aim of reconstructing the early Tibetan scholastic landscape with the conceptual aim of exploring the Tibetan scholastic method. This involves: Mapping the networks of Tibetan scholastics in the 11th–13th c.; charting the early bKa’ gdams pa scholastic corpus; investigating seminal features of the early Tibetan scholastic toolkit; studying how this toolkit was applied in hermeneutics and argumentation. Further details on the project: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101001002
- PD1 will work in the sub-project “Hermeneutics in early Tibetan scholasticism.” This sub-project will investigate formal features of commentarial literature and theoretical discussions about commentarial literature based on early bKa’ gdams pa works. It will survey and study analytic models employed by early scholastics in defining viewpoints and in ascertaining the intention of Indian base texts.
- PD2 will work in the sub-project “Argumentation in early Tibetan scholasticism: theory and practice.” This sub-project will explore theories and applications of reasoned analysis in early Tibetan scholasticism. It will examine instances of argumentation in formal proofs, especially in the proof of emptiness. It will also survey discussions pertaining to the value of argumentation in general and explore the discourse surrounding arguments by consequence and autonomous arguments.
- PD3 will work in sub-projects “Persons, schools, and networks in early Tibetan scholasticism” and “Early Tibetan scholastic literature: the corpus, its constitution and diffusion,” charting bKa’ gdams pa scholastic works and exploring historical sources.
- PD4 will oversee the generation of automated transliteration of manuscripts in cursive script using a HTR model, set up an electronic bibliography for the project, act as interface between the IT-specialist and the team members, and support the team in collecting and organizing data from Tibetan texts.
PD1-3 will also cooperate with other team members in data mining, publish research results at the hightest scientific level and share research results at international conferences, and support the organisation of academic events and activities related to the project.
According to the collective agreement of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, we offer an annual gross salary of € 34.713,84 for the part-time positions of 30h per week, € 23.142,56 for the part-time position of 20h per week, and € 18.514,048 for the part-time position of 16 hours per week. Depending on experience and qualification, the salary can be negociated. The duration of the positions PD1, PD2 and PD3 is for a maximum of five years, that of PD4 is for two years. The contract will initially be for 1 year and will be extended subject to a positive performance review. For candidates with adequate qualifications, the positions P3 and P4 can be combined.
The candidates will hold a completed PhD in Buddhist Studies or Tibetan studies and have an excellent knowledge of classical Tibetan and proficiency in English. PD1 and PD2 should have a research background involving text criticism, translation, and historical and/or philosophical analysis, and familiarity with Tibetan commentarial literature and with Tibetan "Perfection of Wisdom" and "Treatises of Maitreya"-related literature (for PD1) and with Madhyamaka and epistemological literature (for PD2). PD3 will have experience with Tibetan historical and/or scholastic literature, and PD4 familiarity with the tools used in Digital Humanities.
Before applying, please consult the specific details (tasks and profile) for each position: https://www.oeaw.ac.at/ikga/announcement-of-four-postdoctoral-positions-in-erc-project-tibschol
Application deadline: 30 April 2021
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