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Researcher on material and economic networks of the Eastern Desert of Egypt M/F

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General information

Reference : UMR5189-BERRED-004
Workplace : LYON 07
Date of publication : Thursday, June 20, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 18 months
Expected date of employment : 14 October 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Gross salary between 2643 et 3766€ brut mensuel according to experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years


Graffiti and rock inscriptions, movement and the "inscribed landscape": Travelers have left graffiti, both textual and figural, across the Eastern Desert throughout its history. This informal writing and pictorial representation played an important but poorly understood role as a landmark and point of reference in the desert landscape by indicating the location of resources, sacred places and creating a dialogue between travelers, sometimes across millennia. Previous studies of these modest inscriptions have considered these texts independently of the landscape and as historically specific. As part of this contract, you will make an inventory of all graffiti and rock inscriptions dated from the New Kingdom to Roman times in the study area of the ERC Desert Networks project, as well as official inscriptions left by the administration in the region. In coordination with the research team, including the technical team that created the project GIS, you will develop tools to analyze the role of inscriptions and representations engraved in the landscape of the Eastern Desert from the New Kingdom until the Roman era. You will also study the social motivation behind these acts as well as the link between graffiti and rock inscriptions (their position, how they are composed and presented to travelers) and natural resources, including the particular topography of the desert, as well as other remains (wells, forts, cairns, but also material culture, such as ceramics) built or left behind by desert travelers.


This postdoctoral fellowship will be held under the joint supervision of Dr. Jennifer Gates-Foster (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA, responsible of the Workpackage 4 of the ERC project) and Dr. Bérangère Redon (CNRS, Laboratoire HiSoMA, PI of the ERC project). Besides working on the inventory, location and analyse of the graffiti and inscriptions of the Eastern desert he/she will also be expected to actively contribute to the scholarly activities of the research group (such as populating the Desert Networks-database, jointly organizing a conference, participating in joint publications, etc.). He/she will live in Lyon but regularly visit Chapel Hill (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and work closely together with the other team members, particularly with the supervisor of the work package dedicated to the economic networks, Dr. Jennifer Gates-Foster. Periodic work with the ERC team in Egypt at sites in the Eastern Desert is also expected.


Applicants are expected to hold a doctoral degree in Classics, Ancient History or Archaeology). In order to be eligible, applicants must have obtained their degree at the time of application or demonstrate that they will have that degree in hand by the fall of 2019. Applicants should be fluent in English and have good reading skills of the other languages relevant to the field (German, French, Italian). Facility in Ancient Greek is also required and Demotic Egyptian desirable. Research outcomes will be written in English. There are no restrictions on the candidate's nationality.

Work Context

The researches that are carried out within the HiSoMA research centre concern the ancient worlds, approached through archaeology, history, literary studies, philology, epigraphy, numismatics, iconographic studies, over a very long period extending from the Old Kingdom in Egypt to the late Antiquity, and in a coherent geographical space that corresponds mainly to the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean.

Constraints and risks

Possible stay abroad (Egypt)

Additional Information

The post-doc fellowship is done in the frame of the ERC funded 'Desert Networks – Into the Eastern Desert of Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Roman period' project (ERC-StG n. 759078):
Applications should include (i) a cover letter outlining your background and motivation, (ii) a detailed CV, (iii) a one-page research proposal (not including references), (iv) two letters of recommendation, and (v) a writing sample (10.000 words maximum).
Applicants are invited to submit the first two documents on the CNRS jobs website: ; documents iii, iv and v should be sent directly to Dr. Gates-Foster ( and Dr. Redon (
The deadline for submission is August 20, 2019. A selected number of applicants will be interviewed in early September.
The starting date is October 15, 2019, or soon after, with the possibility of some adjustment.

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