Postdoctoral researcher in Greek Palaeography (23066)

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Deadline: 13 Jul 2022

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Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programs grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.

Ghent is an attractive medieval town, with a strong economic base and lively cultural scene. Just 30 minutes by train from Brussels, two hours from Paris and Amsterdam, and two and a half hours from London, it is ideally situated at the heart of European intellectual life.

The Department of Linguistics at Ghent University (Belgium) is seeking well-qualified applicants for a fully-funded and full-time post-doctoral research fellowship attached to the European Research Council Consolidator Grant project MELA. The meaning of language. A digital grammar of the Greek taught at schools in Late Constantinople ( ). Prof. Dr. Andrea Cuomo, with his interest in the history of Medieval Greek and the reception of classical literature in Byzantium, is the principal investigator.


At least 70% of your assignment will be spent on academic research.

Area of research of MELA         

MELA primarily aims to create the first digital grammar of the Greek taught at schools in late Byzantium on the basis of textbooks for the teaching of Greek and their manuscript copies composed by (or within the networks of pupils, scribes, etc. of) scholars ranging from Planoudes (†1305) to Gregoras (†c. 1360). Overall, textbooks considered by MELA may be divided into the following categories: (1) works defined by author and genre (e.g. Planoudes’ Dialogue on Grammar); (2) lemmata on grammar that flowed into dictionaries (e.g. Moschopoulos’ Collection of Attic Words), provided with stylistic examples from model authors; 2a Comments on model authors; (3) scholars’ notes on grammatical topics; 3a anonymous treatises, sketches, reworked excerpts of larger works.

Area of research of your research

You will focus on the miscellaneous manuscripts of the Palaeologan era transmitting grammatical texts.

MELA is an open-access searchable textual corpus database, created on the basis of textbooks for the teaching of Greek.

The text we put into the database depends on the currently available critical editions. This implies many problems because the editions are often based on ‘bad’ manuscripts, which, in turn, sometimes transmit abridged versions of our sources. Many of the critical editions (some of them dating back to the 16th century) tend to neglect the fact that in the Palaeologan period, many of the grammatical canons contained in textbooks were not automatically accepted, but were subjected to a vivid debate in the margins of manuscripts.

As a paleographer, you will primarily describe the manuscripts, and analyze their scribes, owners, and places linked to them. The traditional methods employed in your work are expected to produce new and innovative results in two areas, namely the nature of the sources, which are understudied and still conceal too much, and the new set of questions addressed to them by the digital humanities and historical linguistics.

The outcomes of your research will be presented in a monograph or a series of studies. This will be a sort of census, in the form of a catalog, of the miscellaneous manuscripts of the Palaeologan era preserving textbooks for the teaching of Greek relevant to MELA. In your work, you will also look at copyists and users of the manuscripts who left their traces in occasional annotations, precious sources for the history of the manuscripts, and the reception of the texts.


The successful candidate will have

1. a thesis-based doctorate in Greek Palaeography (obtained max. 6 years ago. This term of 6 years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned required diploma);

2. outstanding knowledge of Ancient and/or Medieval Greek;

3. a demonstrable interest in Byzantine studies;

4. a strong knowledge of the literary and cultural history of post-classical Greek as evidenced by their study trajectory (optional courses, subject of papers and dissertations, letters of recommendation, etc.);

5. excellent command of English and of at least one  of the following languages: Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, or Russian.


  • We offer you a contract of indefinite duration with a maximum term of 4 years.
  • Your contract will start on 1/01/2023 at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale PD1. Click here for more information about our salary scales .
  • a substantial allowance for travel and other research purposes in addition to the salary;
  • office space at Ghent University, an enviable research infrastructure, and a solid and engaging academic working environment with a strong international profile (website of the research group: ). The ERC project resonates with the interests of a number of other scholars at Ghent University, and the successful candidates will be able to interact with scholars and students affiliated with various departments and research institutes, such as, besides the Department of Linguistics ,

the Department of Literary Studies ( )

  • professional support for those applying to the many funding schemes at local, national, and European levels.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, a bicycle allowance, and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff benefits  (in Dutch)


Apply online through the e-recruitment systembefore the application deadline (July 10, 2022). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.

Your application must include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘CV’: your CV and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file)
  • In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format, in which you give an account of your scholarly background and interests.
  • In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

2 letters of recommendation (one of which written either by the supervisor in the PhD programme or by a researcher/head of institution, where the applicant is currently working) must be sentdirectly to Prof. Andrea Cuomo by July 13, 2022 .

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


Shortlisted candidates will be notified by July 20, 2022.

Interviews will take place in August 2022.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Andrea Cuomo at: .

Universiteit Gent

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

Department of Linguistics

Blandijnberg 2 9000 Gent

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