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The Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities has a job opening for the long-term project


Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic-Sahidic Old Testament

This is a part-time position (50%) on the public service scale TV-L E 13, starting at the earliest possible date on or after July 1, 2017. The position is fixed-term. The project (planned completion date: December 31, 2036) is based in Göttingen.

The appointee will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Collection and catalogisation of Coptic manuscripts of the Old Testament in an online database (including, if required, the collation and examination of manuscript holdings in museums and collections)
  • Transcription and analysis of the manuscript texts to create a digital edition
  • Comparison and analysis of the textual tradition for the production of a critical edition of the individual books of the Coptic Old Testament
  • Translation of the Coptic text of the edition into English or German

Requirements are specifically:

  • Ph.D. or M.A. (or equivalent) in the areas of Coptic Studies, Theology/Religious Studies, Christian Oriental Studies or Byzantine Studies, Egyptology and related fields. Opportunities for training and the pursuit of further academic qualifications (e.g. a Ph.D.) are available.
  • A solid knowledge of the Coptic language (Sahidic dialect) and the literature/manuscript culture of Christian Egypt. Additional expertise and experience – especially in the areas of Philology/Editions, Manuscript Studies/Codicology and Digital Humanities – are particularly welcome.

Candidates are expected to have:

  • Willingness and ability to quickly familiarise themselves with the textual culture and history of the Coptic Old Testament
  • Familiarity with modern databases and online research and the willingness and ability to be trained in the use of a variety of Digital Humanities tools, methods and platforms
  • Language skills: the other dialects of Coptic, Ancient Greek and modern foreign languages (relevant for the project are a reading knowledge of German and French). Other language skills, in particular in Hebrew, Latin, Arabic, Syriac or Ethiopic (Ge'ez), are helpful.
  • Excellent time management and proven teamwork skills

The Göttingen Academy of Sciences is an equal opportunity employer. In case of identical qualifications applicants with disabilities will be considered on a preferential basis.

Closing date: May 31, 2017

Please send your application (cover letter, CV, copies of relevant diplomas, publication list, if applicable) – in electronic form – to:

Professor Heike Behlmer (hbehlme@uni-goettingen.de) or:
Dr Frank Feder (ffeder@gwdg.de)

Both are available to answer any enquiries about the project. General project information can also be found here: http://coptot.manuscriptroom.com

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