Source of the announcement: https://shorturl.at/EA1gK

”We are recruiting a team of researchers (four postdoctoral researchers and a PhD researcher) to collaborate in Dr. Jason Silverman’s ERC Advanced Grant Project “Work without End: Informal Taxation and Forced Labor within Persian Southern Levantine Temple Economy and Society (WORK- IT)” at the University of Helsinki. WORK-IT will run from Sept 2024 to Aug 2029. Each researcher is expected to be able to research and publish independently as well as collaboratively within the team.

Using temples in the southern Levant under the first Persian Empire as the focus, WORK-IT explores imperial-local socio-economic interaction. The project integrates analysis of informal taxation and forced labor via Bourdieusian field theory in the analysis of Persian-era sources. The analysis of informal taxation and forced labor will be useful to both economists and sociologists via the most up to date ANE data and analyses, bridging the lingering divide between ancient historians and modern social scientists. The ultimate goal is to provide some refined perspectives for the modern theory of preindustrial socio-economic interactions.

Towards these ends, we invite applications for:

a Postdoctoral Researcher in Economic history for an employment contract up to five-years starting in September 2024 or as agreed. We are seeking an economic historian with a background in developmental economics to adapt the theory of informal taxation for use in pre-industrial polities, and thus useful in the context of the Ancient Near East. An existing interest in ancient history or the Ancient Near East is an advantage: link

a Postdoctoral Researcher in Ancient history for an employment contract up to five-years starting in September 2024 or as agreed. We are seeking an ancient historian with a background in Imperial Aramaic to analyze the Idumean ostraca in relation to the Persian Empire: link

a Postdoctoral Researcher in Ancient history for an employment contract up to five-years starting in September 2024 or as agreed. We are seeking an ancient historian with a background in Achaemenid Elamite to analyze appearance of labor and religion in the Persepolis Fortification and Treasury Archives: link

a Postdoctoral Researcher in Ancient history for a two-year employment contract starting in September 2024 or as agreed. We are seeking an archaeologist with a background in the Persian-era Southern Levant analyze temple remains from the Persian southern Levant for material capacities and labor requirements: link

a Doctoral Researcher in the history of religions for a four-year employment contract starting in September 2024 or as agreed. We are looking for a promising masters student with a background in the history of religion related to the Hebrew Bible and cognate literatures, to undertake a PhD exploring the labor forces associated with temples in the Levant and at Elephantine: link

For more details, please see the linked position-specific ads. #ERCAdG”

In addition to these, the project is hiring a postdoctoral researcher who is an ancient historian with a background in Imperial Aramaic to analyze the Idumean ostraca in relation to the Persian Empire: link.

Deadline for applications is 12 June 2024.