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PhD Studentship or Postdoc Position in History in an ERC-funded Digital Research Project on Medieval Heresy and Inquisition

Masaryk University - Centre for the Digital Research of Religion, Department for the Study of Religions, Faculty of Arts

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Brno - Czechia
Funding for: International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd September 2021
Closes: 30th September 2021

PhD studentship or postdoc position in history in an ERC-funded digital research project on medieval heresy and inquisition

Employer: Masaryk University, Centre for the Digital Research of Religion, Department for the Study of Religions, Faculty of Arts,

Position: researcher

Work time: 50% (PhD candidate) or 100% (postdoc)

Expected start: 1 November 2021 (negotiable)

Duration: 31 October 2022 (first contract), 31 October 2024 (full duration)

Deadline for applications: 30 September 2021 23:59 (CET – Prague) 

The Dissident Networks Project (DISSINET, – an ERC Consolidator Grant-funded research initiative based at Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic) – offers a PhD studentship or postdoc research fellowship. The focus of research for the successful candidate will be the computational study of medieval religious dissent and inquisition and will be founded on medieval inquisition records (c. 1230-1520)

We are looking for candidates with background in history, medieval studies, study or religions, medieval Latin language and literature or a similar field. They can be either:

(a) M.A. graduates interested in enrolling in doctoral studies in the Study of Religion at Masaryk University; or

(b) Ph.D. candidates approaching the completion of studies; or

(c) holders of a doctoral degree.

Entering Ph.D. candidate will receive full-time doctoral stipend and will be offered a contract for their participation in the DISSINET project (50% of a full-time employee). They would be assigned a Ph.D. supervisor within the team. PhD candidates completing their studies may choose their workload (minimum 50%) and PhD graduates are expected to work full-time.  

The successful candidate will develop their own research direction in consultation with the Principal Investigator, Dr. David Zbíral. They will receive hands-on training, building on their core skills as medievalists through the use of computational techniques including social network analysis, geographic information systems and computational text analysis. The position thus represents a unique opportunity for building a truly cutting-edge research profile.

The position is residential (although with reasonable flexibility for pandemic-related travel restrictions). Brno is a very pleasant university city ca. 2 hours by direct train connection from Vienna and Prague and offers all the opportunities of a modern metropolis. 


  • M.A. or Ph.D. degree in history, medieval studies, medieval Latin language and literature or a similar field.
  • Latin language.
  • Competence in historical research.
  • Computer-friendly mindset.
  • Competence in academic writing.
  • English language (C1 or higher). 

Other qualifications of interest to the project:

  • Further languages relevant for reading the historiography of medieval heresy and inquisition.
  • Experience with structured data (spreadsheets, databases).
  • Interest in social scientific approaches to history.
  • Experience in heresy & inquisition studies, notarial records, medieval religion, or late medieval history. 

We offer:

  • Freedom to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines in an exciting frontier-research project.
  • Growth in interdisciplinary research.
  • Competitive salary commensurate with an ERC-funded project.
  • Individual research budget for participating in conferences and workshops, choosing books and software to be purchased, etc. (ca. 4,000 € each year).
  • Participation in writing high-profile publications in history, social network analysis, and the digital humanities.
  • Friendly and informal working environment. 

The candidate’s degree does not need to be recent for this position. We are open to those seeking to return to academia or to change their focus within it. Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged. 

Full information and link to e-application: here.

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