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Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg (Germany), the Centre for Medieval Studies, invites applications for one Postdoc position to begin March 1, 2012. Contract is for an initial 18 months, renewable for two additional years upon successful review. The Centre is seeking candidates with a strong foundation in both Philosophy (AOS: Classical Arabic Philosophy) and Islamic Studies to conduct mentored research as fellows of the Research Group ‘Grammar – Logic – Rhetoric’.

The Research Group is conceived as an interdisciplinary contribution to the history of ideas centered around the disciplines of grammar, logic, and rhetoric in Arabic-Islamic culture from 800-1100 CE. While the core of this enterprise is dedicated to a historico-philosophical investigation of these disciplines, they will be contextualized by parallel inquiries into the historical, cultural, theological, and juridical spheres, as well as consideration of their social significance (for details click here).

The successful candidate for the Postdoc position (E13) will hold a PhD in Philosophy, have a strong background in the history of philosophy (particularly Ancient and Classical Arabic), demonstrated competence in classical Arabic, and a strong research record. Her/his area of research will be the relation of language and law; accordingly, familiarity with early Islamic jurisprudence will be an asset. Applications must include a CV, letter of application, project proposal (please cf. project description), writing sample, 3 letters of recommendation, and official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Albert Ludwigs University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. Please send dossier to JProf. Dr. Nadja Germann (Search in Arabic Philosophy), Philosophisches Seminar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Platz der Universität 3, 79085 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Deadline for initial consideration of applications is December 15, 2011; interviews will be conducted in Freiburg, January 9-13, 2012. The positions remain open until filled.

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