TWO 2-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS: An Intersectional Analysis of Ancient Jewish Travel Narratives

The School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for two 2-year postdoctoral positions. The positions are full-time. The position of Postdoc 1, WP4 “Jewish Travel in the Greco-Roman World”, is expected to begin on 1 August 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position of Postdoc 2, WP3 “The Travel Motif in Hellenistic Jewish Novels” is expected to begin on 1 January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The two postdocs will be based in Aarhus at the Department of Theology, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C.

The university is keen for its staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants, regardless of their personal background.
Members of the academic staff at the School of Culture and Society are expected to contribute to a vibrant, enjoyable and friendly work environment. We emphasise the importance of active participation in the daily life of the department.

Research context

The two postdocs will be part of the core research team in the project “An Intersectional Analysis of Ancient Jewish Travel Narratives” (ANINAN) headed by Associate Professor Elisa Uusimäki, who is the principal investigator, and funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s research and innovation programme (ERC-STG project 2021-2026, grant agreement No 948264).

The ANINAN project investigates literary and cultural representations of travel and mobility in ancient Israelite/Jewish texts. The purpose is to understand how human mobility – including its agents, motives and outcomes – was perceived and/or imagined in antiquity. The main objects are 1) to produce case studies that illustrate the portrayal of mobility and its social confines in ancient texts; and 2) to theorise the travel accounts in an intersectional frame. The latter involves paying special attention to questions of power and social stratification that pertain to voluntary and involuntary forms of mobility, including but not limited to the profiles of the travellers and the social realities that prompted, enabled or forced their movement.

For more information on the project see:

The postdoctoral positions

We are looking for intellectually creative and dedicated researchers with a background in biblical studies, classics or related disciplines.

The successful applicants will be responsible for the following work packages:
  • Postdoc 1 will work for WP4, “Jewish Travel in the Greco-Roman World”. This work package focuses on texts that portray contemporary trips of Jews in the Greco-Roman milieu (as opposed to rewritten biblical texts depicting journeys of ancestral figures of the past), and explores their value for our understanding of ancient social realities and experiences of travel. Knowledge of early Jewish texts written in Greek – especially in Flavius Josephus’ works – is desirable.  
  • Postdoc 2 will work for WP3, “The Travel Motif in Hellenistic Jewish Novels”. This work package focuses on reading early Jewish novels in the comparative contexts of Greco-Roman literary production and cultural values. In order to achieve this aim, the postdoc should have at least some training in classics. Furthermore, previous knowledge of gendered approaches is desirable, as the postdoc is expected to theorise the results of ANINAN in an intersectional frame together with the PI.
The successful applicants will be expected to:
  • develop their research within the framework provided by the grant awarded
  • present their research at international meetings and publish results in peer-reviewed, international scientific journals (minimum four journal articles) in a timely fashion
  • engage in collaboration with the other project members and take active part in the weekly team meetings
  • contribute to the organisation of research workshops hosted by the project


Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in biblical studies, classics or related disciplines. They must document an interest in questions of social stratification and cultural interaction, and previous engagement with these questions is desirable.

Applicants must be able to document an international and relevant research profile of high quality, including experience of international publication and research dissemination. They should demonstrate an ability to work both independently and collaboratively with supervisors and peers.

Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

The research activities will be evaluated in relation to the actual research time. We encourage applicants to specify any periods of leave they may have had without research activities (e.g. parental leave), so we can subtract these periods from the span of their academic career when evaluating their productivity.

Application documents

Applicants are asked to submit a two-page (excluding bibliography) research proposal in which they present abstracts for four journal articles which they plan to write during the postdoctoral fellowship. The abstracts should propose ways to expand and detail the given work package within the aims and methodology of the overall research project.

In addition to the research proposal, applicants must submit:
  • a concise statement of motivation for applying for the position (maximum one page)
  • a complete list of publications
  • a selection of publications (maximum five articles or book chapters)
Applicants are asked to specify in their statement of motivation for which postdoctoral position they are applying. If an applicant wishes to apply for both postdoctoral positions, two separate two-page research proposals must be submitted, one for each position. It has to be stated clearly in the application which position(s) the application addresses.

All the application documents must be written in English.

Only submitted publications will be considered. Applications without submitted publications will not be considered.

References or recommendations should not be included in the application. Applicants who are selected for an interview may be asked to provide professional references.

For further information about the positions and the ERC project, please contact the principal investigator, Elisa Uusimäki, email

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, email

The School of Culture and Society

At the School of Culture and Society, the object of research and teaching is the interplay between culture and society in time and space:
  • From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
  • From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
  • From Danish cultural forms to other very different worlds
  • From local questions to global challenges.
The school’s ambition is to produce compelling research with an international resonance and to offer teaching and talent development of the highest quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society as a whole, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.

For further information about the school, please see

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order). Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here:

If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: shortlisting

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society and the Danish School of Education. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.

The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.


The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at
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Deadline: 01 February 2022
Academic contact person:
Elisa Uusimäki Lektor
Vacant positions: 2
Hours per week: 37
Number of months: 24
Expected date of accession: 01 August 2022

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