PhD Position in Ancient Greek or Byzantine Studies
Uppsala University Department of Linguistics and Philology

PhD-student in Ancient Greek or Byzantine Studies

Published: 2021-03-11

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Linguistics and Philology is involved in research and education in a number of languages and language-related subjects and provides an international work environment. The department’s activities cover many of the classical and modern languages and cultures in large areas of Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as computational and general linguistics. Education is offered at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels.

Doctoral studies extend over a 4-year period during which the PhD-student will receive a salary as an employee of the department. Doctoral students are expected to engage in full-time study and research, and contribute to and participate in the department’s activities. Teaching and/or administrative tasks may be involved up to a maximum of 20%, which is carried out against an appropriate prolongation of the contract.

Project description: Doctoral students in Greek at Uppsala university work in a lively research environment devoted to the study of the Greek language and Greek culture from antiquity to the Byzantine period. For this position we are looking primarily for a candidate who is interested in working in the research group “Ancient Values and Emotions”. This includes projects on the following themes:

  • Conceptual history. Historical research involving analysis of specific evaluative and emotional terms, concepts and categories in ancient Greek texts.
  • The Language of evaluation. Analysis of appraisal/evaluation/stance or expression of emotion on all levels of linguistic description in ancient Greek.
  • Rhetoric, poetics and narratology. How and why values and emotions are represented, expressed or evoked in ancient Greek texts.
  • History of value- and emotion theorization. Reconstruction, exegesis, evaluation and contextualization of ancient Greek theories about value or emotion (or specific values or emotions).

Applications for projects that fall outside the scope of this research group are also welcome, but should fall broadly within the areas of expertise available at the department. The proposed doctoral project must be described in a research plan attached to the application. Particular consideration will be given to the project’s quality and feasibility within the stipulated time frame, as well as to the candidate’s fitness and qualifications for the task.

Requirements: To qualify for a doctoral position a candidate should hold a master’s degree in Greek or Byzantine Studies or equivalent.

Additional qualifications: Solid and broad language skills are a merit, as is experience from international study environments.

The application should contain:

  • A letter of intent describing your research interests and motivation for PhD studies and joining the group Ancient Values and Emotions (maximum one page)
  • A CV containing (i) a description of your education in Ancient Greek/Byzantine Studies and other relevant areas including a transcript of finished courses and their grades/dates, (ii) a list of any academic publications, (iii) professional experience relevant to academic research (maximum four pages)
  • A copy of your MA thesis (or equivalent)
  • A tentative research proposal which (i) states a research question which falls within the field described above, (ii) describes the methodology and work plan, and (iii) contextualises the expected results in relation to the state of the art
  • Other documents which the applicant would like to adduce
  • The application may be written in English or Swedish

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines and at

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 2021-08-01 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %.

For further information about the position please contact: Associate Professor Eric Cullhed (, director of graduate studies Professor Christer Henriksén (, phone + 46 (0)18 471 6845, senior faculty administrator Lars Hagborg (, phone +46 (0)18 471 1907.

Please submit your application by 9th April 2021, UFV-PA 2021/988.

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Placement: Department of Linguistics and Philology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/988

Last application date: 2021-04-09

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