Fully-funded, four year Ph.D. Position for Project on Tomb-Robbing and Reuse of Grave Materials in Late Antiquity (University of Bern/Swiss National Science Foundation)

The Institute of Ancient Studies at the University of Bern invites applications for a four year fully funded PhD position. The position is scheduled to start on November 1, 2018. The PhD candidate will be a member of the project "Plundering, Reusing and Transforming the Past: Grave Robbing and Reuse of Funerary Material in Late Antiquity” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
In close exchange with the methods of the project (i.e. digital visualizations, spatial turn theories and field surveys in Italy and Turkey) the successful candidate is expected to write his or her thesis focusing on the transformation and urban embedding of water features and related buildings (especially nymphaea and fountains) in the late imperial world.
Applicants for this position must hold a Master’s or equivalent degree within ancient studies (preferably Classical Archaeology, Late Antique or Byzantine Studies or Ancient History). The candidate should have good knowledge of Italian and English and preferably also German and French. Latin or Greek or equivalent level in one of the languages is required.
We offer:
- a four year fully funded (100%) PhD position according to SNF salary requirements
- the University of Bern/Swiss National Science Foundation sponsors travel expenses
- strong national and international networking
- survey participation in Italy and Turkey
- co-organisation of an international conference and workshop
- furthermore, a 3 months stay at the University of Oxford and an 8 month stay in Rome is intended
Please send your application written in English or German as a single PDF file to the following email address: cristina.murer@hist.unibe.ch by June 26, 2018.
The application should include a CV, transcript of records and language certificates (copies), one reference letter, a writing example (max. 20 pages preferably from the MA thesis or a significant seminar paper).