Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University announces an open competition for the position

Postdoctoral researcher



The DISSINET project (“Dissident Religious Cultures in Medieval Europe from the Perspective of Social Network Analysis and Geographic Information Systems”), based at Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts, Department for the Study of Religions and funded by a “Projects of Excellence” grant from the Czech Science Foundation for the period between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2023, is searching for a postdoc researcher to join its recently established team (David Zbíral, medievalist, PI; Tomáš Hampejs, network analyst and programmer; Adam Mertel, GIS specialist; Jan Král, graduate student in the Study of Religions). The position is full-time, fixed-term, for 24 months with a very likely extension (based on the quality of collaboration) to the end of the project (31 December 2023). The expected start date is 1 April 2019 (negotiable).



  • Ph.D. or equivalent in history, medieval studies, the study of religions, or another field related to the project’s focus
  • Specialization in either (a) religious dissent and/or inquisitorial or other trial records in medieval or early modern Europe, or (b) historical research informed by computational, network-analytical, or quantitative methods
  • Secure command of Latin and English
  • Computer-friendly mindset (tables, digital tools)
  • Academic writing skills in English
  • Team spirit, moral integrity, reliability


We offer:

  • Full-time research position in a committed interdisciplinary team working on an exciting frontier-research project
  • Competitive salary above the average for similar positions in the Czech Republic (good ratio between salary and local living costs)
  • Individual research budget for participating in conferences and workshops, buying books, etc. (ca. 3,000 € each year)
  • Training and growth in interdisciplinary digital research (social network analysis, geographic information systems, databases)
  • Participation in writing high-profile publications in history, social network analysis, and the digital humanities
  • Friendly and informal working environment


Expected work tasks:

  • Conducting research on medieval dissident Christianity, identifying case studies of interest, working in collaboration with the project’s PI, Dr. David Zbíral
  • Compiling structured datasets on the basis of medieval inquisitorial records concerning persons involved in dissident activities and the relationships among them
  • Participating in the team’s discussions, meetings, tutorials, and other project activities
  • Participating in writing academic texts (publications, website, etc.)
  • Presenting papers at conferences
  • Reading and excerpting literature (history, social network analysis)
  • Minor administrative tasks related to the project

Continue reading at the source site: https://www.muni.cz/en/about-us/careers/vacancies/44430

Source: https://www.muni.cz/en/about-us/careers/vacancies/44430