Postdoc Position in Art and/or Archaeology of the Roman World

Our Institute of Classical Archaeology is seeking post-doctoral researcher to join our team for two years (2025-2026) with his/her own project focused on art and/or archaeology of the Roman World. The researcher will be also encouraged to get involved in other activities of the Institute and to teach several courses in his/her field of specialisation.

Specialisations currently represented in our Institute cover the Bronze Ages and the Early Iron Age in the Aegean and the Balkans, the Hellenistic world in Central Asia, Roman Thrace, Iron Age Italy and Central Europe, with field and research projects in Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Northern Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, and France. We thus seek an early career researcher who will both match the varied profile and interests of the Institute and explicitly complement it with his/her erudition in Roman archaeology.

The proposed project should geographically fall broadly within the frame of the Roman Italy and Roman provinces. It should show innovative approaches within one (or more) of the following specialisations:

  • Art and iconography
  • Material culture
  • Architecture and urban studies
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Digital humanities
  • Archaeological sciences
  • Process of ‘Romanisation’

In addition to conducting research on the candidate’s proposed project, the successful applicant will teach one course per semester on an M.A. level based on his/her research (1 course = 12 weeks x 90 minutes of instruction per week). The courses might combine lecture (frontal teaching) and seminar (a course involving active interaction with the students); all courses are to be delivered in English. The applicant is also welcome to be involved in MA and PHD students‘ seminars (once in two weeks during the semester). The applicant is expected to publish results of the conducted research in at least three papers submitted in SCOPUS-ranked peer-reviewed journals.

The successful applicant is expected to move to the Czech Republic and actively participate in the everyday activities of the Institute in Prague, which provides a collegial and highly collaborative environment. We strongly believe in synergies between our projects. Should the collaboration be mutually satisfying, we will encourage the postdoctoral fellow to apply for additional project funding, thus securing continued involvement with our institute.

What do we offer?

  • The post includes a two-year contract in Prague (i.e. 2025 and 2026) under competitive financial conditions.
  • Suitable conditions for your own research.
  • Inclusion to the ongoing projects and activities of the Institute of Classical Archaeology.
  • Teaching opportunities and students‘ supervision.

Profile of an ideal candidate:

  • Excellent knowledge of English (FCE equivalent or better).
  • Background in Classical archaeology or Mediterranean archaeology.
  • High motivation and ability to conduct collaborative research.
  • Previous participation in international projects is welcomed.
  • Previous experience in teaching at an undergraduate and/or graduate level is welcomed.
  • Due to tax specification, the candidate cannot be employed in any other country than Czech Republic in course of the postdoctoral period.

The applicants should submit:

  • All documents required by the Charles University’s Junior Fund
  • Cover letter introducing yourselves (max. 600 words).
  • Description of the proposed project (max. 1200 words).
  • Sample syllabi of two of the proposed lectures/seminars.

Salary: Equivalent to 2000 EUR/month
Workplace: Institute of Classical Archaeology, Charles University (Celetná 20, Prague 1)
Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Jan Kysela, Ph.D.
E-mail: jan.kysela@ff.cuni.cz
Phone: +420 605954828
Position available from: January 1, 2025
Duration: 2 years

Deadline for applications: July 3; all the applicants will be notified by July 15 and selected ones will be invited for online interview on July 23.
Applicants must submit required documents to: jan.kysela@ff.cuni.cz

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