Jobs for Medievalists

Postdoctoral researchers in medieval history, ERC Starting Grant
New Europe College, Bucharest

Two postdoctoral positions as part of the European Research Council Starting Grant Record-keeping, fiscal reform, and the rise of institutional accountability in late-medieval Savoy: a source-oriented approach. The positions will be held at New Europe College – Institute for Advanced Study, Bucharest, for two years starting on 1 October 2017.

Candidates must have a doctorate in medieval history awarded in the last five years and a solid knowledge of medieval Latin and palaeography. Familiarity with the history of medieval Savoy and the capacity for interdisciplinary research in historical anthropology / sociology are a plus.

Each postdoctoral researcher will select a sample of two fourteenth-century Savoyard castellanies and conduct the systematic analysis of their fiscal records (‘computi’). Developments in record-keeping and administration should be analysed in conjunction with local socio-economic trends. The postdoctoral researchers’ work is meant to complement the Principal Investigator’s study of five castellanies in the heartland of medieval Savoy, c. 1270-1375. Among the possible areas for the postdoctoral researchers’ sample of material are Bresse, Bugey, Chablais, Novalaise, Val d’Aosta, and Vaud.

Each postdoctoral researcher will contribute a chapter to a collective volume to be published as part of the project and an article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Candidates should familiarise themselves with the description of the ERC Starting Grant project, available at

New Europe College ( is an independent research institute in Bucharest, member of the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study; it fosters an interdisciplinary research atmosphere by bringing together international scholars from all fields of the humanities and social sciences.

The researchers will divide their work time between New Europe College and field research in the relevant archives in France, Italy, and Switzerland.

The net monthly salary is approximately 1,700 euro; there is an annual travel allowance of 4,000 euro.

For inquiries, contact the Principal Investigator, Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici, at

To apply, send (1) cover letter describing research experience and interest in the project, (2) academic CV, (3) research proposal detailing the selection of source material, the proposed methodology, and the envisaged contribution to the overall project (not more than 2,500 words, not counting references), (4) a sample of academic writing (such as a peer-reviewed article or chapter), and (5) a scan of the PhD diploma to, by 1 February 2017. All application materials should be in English, with the exception of the writing sample, which can be in any major language.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed via Skype at the beginning of March 2017.

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