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Post-doctoral position on the ERC BICROSS project (bilingual manuscripts)

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(ref. BAP-2022-680)

The KU Leuven, Belgium, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a 100% post-doctoral position examining bilingual evidence in New Testament manuscripts. The successful candidate will form part of the research team of the European Research Council (ERC) funded Consolidator Grant project “BICROSS – The Significance of Bilingual Manuscripts for Detecting Cross-Language Interaction in the New Testament Tradition”. The project is situated within the Research Unit of Biblical Studies of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. Project BICROSS is an interdisciplinary project linking Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Gothic, Armenian and Arabic philology, New Testament textual criticism, manuscript studies, ancient history and digital humanities. The project investigates bilingual New Testament manuscripts from the 4th century to the 15th century. It aims at establishing the significance of bilingual manuscripts for the formation and transmission of New Testament texts by uncovering mutual exchange and cross-language interaction through a multilingual approach. The project team will assess bilingual manuscripts as artefacts (codicology) and analyse their texts by means of digital tools in order to classify their readings and relationships. Working as part of a team of researchers, the successful candidate will contribute to the project’s objectives by codicologically and textually analysing bilingual New Testament manuscripts.

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The successful candidate will

  • collect and process codicological data of New Testament bilingual manuscripts, including conducting searches in library catalogues and online databases.
  • investigate and compare bilingual manuscripts textually, including detailed grammatical analyses (morphology, syntax, semantics).
  • establish, compare and investigate significant variant readings and their development across languages.
  • digitally transcribe, study and analyse bilingual bilingual manuscripts and their text using digital images, databases and electronic transcription tools.
  • work both independently and closely with other members of the research team to deliver the project's goals.
  • present research results at international and national conferences and colloquia and publish research results at the highest scientific level.
  • participate in the organisation of events, activities and other tasks related to the project and its research (colloquia, team events, visits from external experts etc.).


The successful candidate 

  • has completed a PhD in Theology (New Testament Studies or Patristics), Classics, Oriental Studies, Linguistics or a related field.
  • has an excellent command of Greek and at least one other major language of the project, ideally more, to compare bilingual texts on equal footing.
  • has significant experience with working in the field of manuscript studies and textual criticism, including codicology, and is familiar with the tedious scrutiny of variant readings. Experience with manuscript databases, digital platforms and tools is desirable.
  • is enthusiastic about manuscripts, languages and grammatical analyses. Familiarity with grammar theories, including dependency and valency grammar, is advantageous.
  • has an excellent command of English (project language) and sufficient competence in other languages to access relevant secondary literature.
  • is hard-working, organised, independent and cooperative.
  • is willing to work in Leuven and to travel on project business (incl. conferences), experience with working in research teams would be advantageous.


We are offering a full-time position in an intellectually challenging and inspiring environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. It is highly inter- and multidisciplinary focused and strives for international excellence. 

The successful candidate will be part of an innovative research team in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam. KU Leuven provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, etc. Further information can be obtained on: https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/en/academic-staff/academic-staff-research-education-information#working-conditions

The project begins on 1st October 2022 and the postdoctoral researcher is scheduled to start as soon as possible. The contract will initially be for 2 years (with 6 months as probation period) and may be extended subject to a positive performance review and the project’s budget. The project team is led by Prof. Christina M. Kreinecker. 


Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):

• letter of motivation (max. 1 page);

• curriculum vitae including details of linguistic skills;

• contact details for two people from different institutions who are willing to provide a reference;

• outline of previous experience in the field of manuscript studies and particular interests in relation to bilingual manuscripts and the profile of this vacancy (max. 2 pages).

Further enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Christina M. Kreinecker, email: christina.kreinecker@kuleuven.be 

You can apply for this job no later than October 27, 2022 via the online application tool

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

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Post-doctoral position on the ERC BICROSS project (bilingual manuscripts)
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