Tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible

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University of California, Berkeley 

The Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a tenure-track position in Hebrew Bible at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021.

Prospective candidates should have strong philological skills in biblical Hebrew and Aramaic as well as a methodological philological competence in dealing with the Bible’s composite texts. A grounding in another relevant language of the ancient Near East is desirable. Engagement with scholarship in one or more other fields in the humanities and social sciences is also expected. These fields include (but are not exclusive to) literary criticism, anthropology, historiography, folklore, history of religion, history of sexuality. The holder of this position should be willing to enter into dialogue with scholars in other disciplines and with the faculty of Jewish Studies who work in later periods. The person appointed should have a demonstrable record, through course evaluations and other documentation, as an effective teacher.

We encourage applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity in higher education. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Berkeley and the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.

Basic Qualifications (at the time of application):

Applicants for this position must hold a PhD (or equivalent international degree) or be enrolled in a PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications:

Mastery of the relevant stages of Hebrew and Aramaic.
Philological methods as foundation of research.
Some familiarity with at least one other ancient language.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

Applications must be received by October 31, 2020. Please direct inquiries to: nes@berkeley.edu.

Where to apply: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02693

The University is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty and has a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit: http://ofew.berkeley.edu/new-faculty.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Job Location

Berkeley, CA


  • Document requirements
    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., including the list of publications
    • Cover Letter - A cover letter that includes current and future research plans as well as teaching philosophy
    • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).
    • Writing Sample - No more than thirty pages
  • Reference requirements
    • 3 letters of reference required