Postdoctoral Researcher in the history of Zoroastrianism / Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) — LIMITE : 28/06/2020
The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), is looking for a
Postdoctoral Researcher in the history of Zoroastrianism
We are seeking applications for a two-year postdoctoral research position in the context of the NWO-funded research programme “Keepers of the Flame: the Reconfiguration of the Zoroastrian Priesthood in Sasanian and Early Islamic Times”, which is located in the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion.
The project, led by Albert de Jong, seeks to rethink the history of the Zoroastrian priesthood in key moments of transition: the Sasanian empire and the early Islamic period. The post-doctoral researcher will complement the work done by the two PhD students on these two key periods with original research on the early history of the Parsis, the Zoroastrians of India, and the Parsi priesthood. The post-doc will join the team leader and the two PhD students, and will benefit from the vibrant and very diverse setting of the Institute of Area Studies and its Centre for the Study of Religion. Team visits to India and Iran are part of the programme. We are looking for an experienced researcher with a strong background in a relevant field (study of religion, Middle Eastern History, pre-modern South Asia). Since the evidence is limited and diverse (archaeology, manuscript colophons, inscriptions, DNA-evidence), possession of a strong background in theory and interdisciplinary research is required.