Offre d’emploi – PostDoc Researcher (f/m; 75%) – ERC Grant project ‘Connected Clerics

Application Deadline : 31/12/2017 00:00 – Europe/Brussels

Funded post-doctoral position for the ERC-Starting Grant project ‘Connected Clerics. Building a Universal Church in the Late Antique West (380-604 CE)’ (CONNEC)

Background and rationale:

The Institute of Medieval History, Austrian Academy of Science (Vienna), is recruiting a post-doctoral researcher for a position within the ERC-Starting Grant project ‘Connected Clerics. Building a Universal Church in the Late Antique West (380-604 CE)’ (CONNEC). This project analyses the construction of the late antique Western Church using social network analysis and new institutional theory. CONNEC’s multidisciplinary team comprises two post-doctoral researchers, two PhD Students, one software developer, and the Principal Investigator, David Natal (


The successful candidate will conduct the following tasks:

  • Collaborating with a Software Developer to build a database adapted to our data requirements
  • Extracting information of clerics’ connections and inputting it into the database.
  • This research will primarily focus on lists of council attendees, western clerical letter collections, chronicles and ecclesiastical histories.
  • Analysing clerical connections using CONNEC’s adapted network software.
  • Collaborating in CONNEC’s research activities, such as meetings and publications.


The successful candidate will receive training targeting specialist skills in network analysis and new institutional theory, although some previous experience with databases and network software is highly desirable. The postdoctoral researcher will also be encouraged to participate in CONNEC’s scientific meetings and collective publications.


Host of many Austrian-, overseas-, and EU-funded projects, the Austrian Academy provides outstanding facilities for research on Late Antique Studies and Digital Humanities. There is a long-standing tradition of collaboration between the Austrian Academy and the University of Vienna, and the successful candidate will also benefit from the excellent infrastructure and accumulated research expertise at the latter. Both institutions host some of the best-resourced academic libraries in Europe and numerous scientific conferences and workshops, providing opportunities to discover new approaches and establish collaboration with world-leading scholars.

Source : Euraxess

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