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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Buddhist Studies

20. Jun. 2019

The Department of Buddhist Studies in the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) at Heidelberg University is looking to appoint a full-time postdoctoral researcher for three years.

The position is funded by a grant from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), for a project entitled "Intertextuality in the Chinese Buddhist Canon: Computational-Philological Assessment of Sources, Authorship/Translatorship, and Style." The Principal Investigator is Professor Michael Radich. The position will run from October 1 2019 to September 31 2022. The purpose of the project is to apply computational-philological methods developed by Radich, with Jamie Norrish, to a systematic audit of intertextual relations in canonical Buddhist Chinese translations for approximately the first three centuries of the tradition (148-ca 450 CE). A central focus of the project will be the critical reassessment of ascriptions and dates for canonical texts. The work will also entail philological assessment of the meaning and usage of lexical items and other phraseological traits. The successful candidate will work closely with Radich on these questions.

Candidates should have completed a PhD in Buddhist Studies or related fields. Candidates should have an excellent command of classical Buddhist Chinese, and additional expertise in Tibetan or Sanskrit. Ideal candidates will also be able to demonstrate as many as possible of the following qualifications: enthusiasm and capacity for collaborative work; computer skills applicable to the tasks attached to the position, including programming and database skills; experience and demonstrated interest in computational or digital humanities; experience and interest in working specifically with Chinese Buddhist translation literature; a focus in pre-Tang Chinese Buddhism; and dedication, consistency, quality and insight in independent research. Interested candidates should feel free to correspond with Radich ( if they require more information.  


The position will be for three years. The position should be filled at the commencement of the project on October 1 2019. The salary corresponds to level TVL-13 of the German public service salary scale.

Please submit a CV, publication list and/or writing sample (approx. 20 pages), copies of university degree transcripts, and a sketch of current and future research projects (2-3 pages), by email (all required documents combined into a single PDF, with no further attachments) to

The application deadline is 20 July 2019. Interviews will be conducted in late July or the first week of August.

Disabled applicants with equal qualifications and competence will be given preference.


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