Postdoctoral Researcher in Ancient Near Eastern Empires
University of Helsinki

The Centre of Excellence in “Ancient Near Eastern Empires” (ANEE) at the University of Helsinki runs from 2018-2025 and is directed by Dr. Saana Svärd. ANEE asks: How do changing imperial dynamics impact social group identities and lifeways over a millennium? ANEE covers the Neo-Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, Persian, Hellenistic, and early Roman / Parthian Empires. ANEE engages with methodologically varied yet integrated research on the long-term processes by which social group identities and lifeways were negotiated. Taken together, the innovations of ANEE are the integrated longue durée approach and the methodological innovativeness of each team (both separately and in collaboration). There will be several recruitment calls for fixed term positions during ANEE’s lifespan (doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and university researchers).

ANEE is now recruiting a member for Team 2. Each of the three teams has a methodologically specific approach yet collaborates on four work packages.

Applications are invited for


for a fixed term of 2 years, preferably starting on 1 January 2021 to work in the University of Helsinki. The successful candidate’s research projects will focus on the goals of team 2. The appointed postdoctoral researcher will have proven expertise in one of the areas of interest of ANEE. Their main duties will include full-time research in their respective fields. As ANEE is deeply multidisciplinary, competence in more than one field and/or proof of successful scientific collaboration will be considered an advantage. The post will require both independent and collaborative scientific publishing, as well contributions to the organization of an international workshop on migration in 2021 and a workshop on lifeways in 2022.

Team 2 “Social Scientific Theory & Applications” tests and refines theoretical models from the social sciences for ancient evidence, integrating anthropological approaches to archaeology with sociological readings of textual and archaeological evidence. Team 2 seeks social scientists (anthropologists, sociologists, economists, or political scientists) with expertise in migration, forced labor, and/or identity studies, and ancient historians of any of the relevant empires with similar profiles. Willingness to work with future PhD candidates and for multiple work packages is desirable. Team 2 is led by Dr. Jason Silverman ( For more information on team 2, see For more information on the three teams and the work packages, please see

An appointee to the position of postdoctoral researcher must hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field. The year of graduation and previous postdoctoral experience do not exclude the applicant from consideration. The appointee must have the ability to conduct independent scientific research, and possess the teaching skills required for the position. Teaching or teaching-related tasks will form 5-10 % of the position. The candidate should have a proven capability to publish in scientific journals, have excellent analytical and methodological skills, and be able to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary scientific community. The successful candidates are expected to have excellent skills in written and oral English. Skills in Finnish or Swedish are not required. Relocation costs can be negotiated, and ANEE will offer help and information for the practicalities, if needed.

ANEE is functioning in the Faculty of Arts (Teams 1 and 3) and in the Faculty of Theology (Team 2), located in the City Centre Campus. The city of Helsinki is the capital city of Finland, with a population of ca. 600 000. It has been consistently ranked amongst the top cities in the world for quality of living. Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 15 other locations.

The salary for the position will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The salary scale is EUR 3,145–4,000 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

Applications should consist of the following English-language documents:

(1) CV (max. 3 pages) and a list of publications
(2) Contact information for two referees
(3) A research statement (max. 2000 words) consisting of
i) a brief description of previous research experience
ii) a proposal for the research project that the applicant wants to conduct in ANEE which references Team 2 research goals (including suggested dates for the project)
iii) a brief description of the plans for scientific cooperation within ANEE, preferably specifying relevant cross-team potentials and work packages.

Further information on the position may be obtained from the team leader (see above) or the director Saana Svärd (

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to send their application via the SAP HR portal. Deadline for applications is 31st of July, 2020.

If you need assistance with the University’s electronic recruitment system or SAP HR portal, please contact

Due date

31.07.2020 23:59 EEST


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