Job Market Season 2014

We won’t be able to post every academic job in all Med Ren fields for this upcoming job season.  There are a few below, but also check out the following resources:

Archives and Manuscripts Coordinator (3 year), The University of Kansas Libraries

Due: 25 November, 2014

The University of Kansas Libraries seeks a knowledgeable, energetic and innovative individual to develop, document and implement workflows that will improve access to complex archives and collections of manuscripts in order to increase the value of these materials to research, teaching, and learning.  The Archives and Manuscripts Coordinator serves as the supervisor of the Manuscripts Processing Unit. This is a 3-year, limited term position. Salary range starts at $45,000, but will be commensurate with experience.

Please see the description:

RENAISSANCE/EARLY MODERN ART HISTORY, Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles

Due: 1 December 2014

UCLA invites applications for a historian of the visual and material culture of the Italian Renaissance, at any rank, to start July 1, 2015. We seek a scholar whose work emphasizes methodological innovation and trans-Mediterranean or trans-European connections within the early modern world, and who is interested in cross-field collaboration within the department and the university. Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment required. Salary commensurate with experience. Submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, sample publication, sample syllabi (1 undergraduate, 1 graduate), and names and contact information for three referees online at For more information, contact Dell Upton (, Chair, Search Committee. Application deadline: December 1, 2014.
We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Assistant Professor, post-Classical Mediterranean (4th to 10th century), College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Virginia

Open until filled, review begins 5 December 2014

The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Virginia invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor from scholars with a research focus on connective cultures in the post-Classical Mediterranean (4th to 10th century).

Possible areas of study might include: the interaction of knowledge, people and practices; the social, political and/or cultural history of one or more connective Mediterranean cultures or communities; minority, diasporic or vocationally distinct social groups (e.g., merchants, scholars of science and medicine); interstitial and nomadic polities and cultures; translation; reappropriation of earlier cultural forms, materials or technologies.

Candidates must demonstrate excellence in scholarly research and an ongoing program of publication. They must also be committed to outstanding teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. PhD must be in hand by August 15, 2015.

Possible home departments include, but are not limited to: Art, Classics, History or Religious Studies. The appointee will also hold an initial two-year Mellon Fellowship in ‘Comparative Cultures of the Pre-Modern World’ at the University’s interdisciplinary Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures.

Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2014. The position will remain open until filled. To apply, candidates must create a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVA ( and submit the following electronically: a cover letter addressing research agenda and teaching interests, a C.V., a writing sample not exceeding 60 pages, and names and contact information for three references. Search on posting number 0615096.

Questions regarding the application process for Jobs@UVa should be directed to: L. Kent Merritt, History Administrative Supervisor, Corcoran Department of History,

For additional information on this position contact: Paul J.E. Kershaw, Chair, Search Committee,

The University will perform background checks including receipt of official transcripts from the institution granting the highest degree for all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Research Collaborator (pre-doctoral, part-time), Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (KHI)
Deadline: 8 December 2014

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (KHI) invites applications for the post of research collaborator at the pre-doctoral level (Wissenschaftliche Assistentin / Wissenschaftlicher Assistent) for three years in the department of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf.

KHIThe position is intended for excellent young scholars interested in pursuing research for their dissertation at the institute as well as in collaborating in its ongoing or future projects. The KHI is a Max-Planck-Institute focused on investigating the history and theory of Italian and Mediterranean art, architecture and object culture in their global connections. Doctoral students from all disciplines engaging with these fields from Antiquity to the present are encouraged to apply. What is important is the quality and originality of the project proposal.

Part of the collaborator’s time will be committed to directed research in the projects and activities of Professor Wolf’s department (for a list, see: We seek an independent, creative-thinking scholar with an interest in collaborative research.

Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program and demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages. The research collaborator is expected to reside in Florence and fully participate in the activities and intellectual life of the KHI. The position is awarded without regard to nationality.

The application (in English, Italian, German) must include:

- a cover letter, which includes goals and motives for applying;
– the names and contact details of two referees;
– a dissertation proposal (max 100 words);
– a curriculum vitae;
– a summary of the master’s thesis (max 500 words)
– two letters of referees

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from disabled individuals.

Applicants are required to merge all the documents in a single PDF (max. 2 MB) and submit it via e-mail to by 8 December 2014.


Due:  1 January 2015

Project description
Re-evaluating female monasticism’s “ambiguous identity” in the ninth- to eleventh-century West This project focuses on the observance and organization of women religious in the central Middle Ages (9th-11th centuries) to investigate female monasticism as a deliberately “ambiguous” form of social and religious organization. Traditional scholarship subscribed to the notion that, because of a failure to adopt homogeneous standards for observance and organization, women religious never matched the spiritual efficiency, cultural proficiency, and reformist impetus of their male peers. While recent case studies have revealed significant achievements in all of these domains, this heterogeneity is still regarded as revealing women religious’ and patrons’ refusal to subordinate local vested interests to institutional, cultural, and spiritual progress. By means of an analysis of evidence from institutions in Lotharingia and Saxony relating to the self-perception of these women and the expectations of their patrons, the researchers will propose a new paradigm for evaluating female monasticism’s “ambiguity”. Two hypotheses will be tested. The first is that groups of women religious relied on ambiguous identities to construct credible narratives of self, respond effectively to changing societal contexts, and distinguish themselves from competing institutions. The second is that religious and secular elites supported these strategies, and regarded diversity in observance and organization as a means for women religious to respond adequately to society’s diverse needs. This research project is funded by the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO).
Professional environment
Medieval studies at Ghent University cover a wide range of subjects and methodological approaches. Intensive exchanges within the Department of History and the Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies, and with the international academic community, create a stimulating environment for innovative research. Research on the early and central Middle Ages at Ghent University currently focuses on the tenth to early twelfth centuries, with scholars involved in the study of a wide range of subjects including monastic reform, conflict management, commemorative practices, material aspects of communication, and ritual and performance. For more information, see the RESOMA website:

The candidate: – has a Master’s degree in History or a Master’s degree with demonstrable relevance to the study of Medieval History. Students who are currently preparing a master’s thesis and will graduate as a Master in History or a related discipline in 2015 are also welcome to apply; – has experience with reading and analyzing Latin primary sources of the Middle Ages; – has active knowledge of English and/or French (one of the latter two is sufficient) and is able to use for the research publications in French, German, and English. He/she is also willing to learn basic Dutch during his/her employment at Ghent University (introductory courses are available); – is an enthusiastic and inventive team player who is willing to actively contribute to the activities of prof. Steven Vanderputten’s research group. – is willing to travel abroad for conferences, meetings, etc.; – is willing to prepare, and finish, a doctoral dissertation as outlined in the project text within four years. The PhD will be supervized by prof. Steven Vanderputten. – is willing to write and publish at least two high-quality papers prior to submitting the dissertation.


A 4-year contract as a full time scientific staff member of the Department of History at Ghent University (scholarship starting from around 1800 euro net./month);
Extensive opportunties for engaging with national and international research groups;
A friendly, dynamic environment for research;
Opportunity to follow an individualized PhD programme at the UGent Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities and Law or the Doctoral School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, including language courses; Start of the project: negotiable (earliest starting date: 1 February 2015; last 31 December 2015).
How to apply
If you are interested in joining us, please send a copy of your diploma, your CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the project before 1 January 2015 to Prof. Dr. Steven Vanderputten ( More information on the research group and Ghent University: