Post doc en littérature hébraïque à l’Inalco

Postdoctoral Research Position

The INALCO offers a postdoctoral research position in medieval Hebraic language and literature – a 6-month work contract under an ANR financing scheme (INALCO – MSH Lorraine – CNRS ATILF).

The contract begins on September 1st 2014.

Description of the research project and main focus of the postdoctoral researcher

  • Aims of the research project

Aliento (Linguistic and intercultural analysis of short sapiential statements and of their transmission East/West, West/East) is a research project whose aim is the creation of a research tool that will contrast the sources, transmission, circulation and posterity of the sapiential statements of the Iberian Peninsula (from the ninth to the sixteenth century) between the Three Cultures. Aliento has been budgeted for three years by the National Agency for Research.

Aliento aims to update the study of medieval texts and their circulation by means of state-of-the-art computer-based contrastive methodologies.

After having accurately annotated the sapiential statements found in the textual corpus (in Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and Latin) by using an XML/TEI tagging system, we will develop, in close collaboration with the computational researchers (ATILF), a robust encoding system protocol for this type of items which can be transferable to other corpora. At this stage we will create a piece of software capable of matching the brief sapiential statements found in a text in a given language to others. Then we will produce a trilingual interface that will allow the production of scientific results in the field of humanities.

The international team constitutes a network of researchers who work on a voluntary basis and whose partnership is based on mutual respect, trust and understanding.

The current research project ANR ALIENTO is the result of four consecutive years of research.

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Focus of the postdoctoral researcher:

The postdoctoral researcher must have an extensive background in medieval Hebraic language and literature (especially sapiential, moral and/or philosophical texts from Spain or Provence) as well as solid technical know-how in computing. As a specialist in Hebraic texts s/he will have to tag with precision the brief sapiential statements on the sense, the form, the structure and the moral of each brief sapiential statement to be found in the sapiential books in Hebrew: Musrei ha-pilosofim translated by al-Harizi, 13thcentury and Miv’har ha-pninim, the translation of Mukhtar al-Jawâhir by Yehudah ibn Tibbon and attributed to Shelomo ibn Gabirol, 12th century or others. S/he will work in Paris (INALCO) in close collaboration with the research group ALIENTO (Nancy – Paris) and the specialists in Hebrew at the INALCO.

S/he will contribute to the project by giving his/her personal point of view in the research meetings, workshops and seminars as well as with her/his expertise in medieval Hebraic texts and language.

Contribution of the project to the post-doctoral researcher

This project offers young researchers the opportunity to work in an innovatory perspective, i.e. e-humanities, inside a collaborative international team made up of specialists in sapiential medieval texts in different languages.


– Doctorate in medieval Hebraic language, literature and culture.

– Extensive knowledge of the circulation of Hebrew texts in the Mediterranean area.

– Excellent knowledge of at least one of the following languages: French, English, Spanish.

– Knowledge of Arabic will be taken into consideration.

·       Terms of contract

Length: 6 months

The postdoctoral researcher can be of any nationality. English may be used as the working language for researchers not speaking French.

The contract begins on September 1st 2014.

Applications must be submitted by June 1st 2014.

The gross salary will be about 2,400 euros per month. The net salary will be about 2,000 euros per month, to which it should be added the Paris public transport card.

Please send a curriculum vitae, a summary of your dissertation and a letter of application to Marie-Christine Bornes Varol at Send them as well to the following email addresses: and