Call for applications, Post-doctoral researcher in Buddhist studies—philology or history of art, MANTRA Project, Aubervilliers (France) – Application Deadline: Sunday 14 May 2023.

General information

Application deadline: Sunday 14 May 2023.
Research unit: Groupe de Recherche en Études Indiennes (EA2120) – Place of work (administrative affiliation): Campus Condorcet, Paris
Type of contract: fixed-term research contract, post-doctoral contract
Contract duration: 24 months
Expected date of employment: from June or September 2023 Working hours: Full time
Remuneration: 2,791 euros gross (ca. 2,252 euros net) Desired level of education: PhD

General overview of the position

The post-doctoral fellow will contribute to the realization of a research project entitled MANTRA (Maritime Asian Networks of Buddhist Tantra; ANR-22-CE27-0015) at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE, Université PSL) / GREI (EA2120), financed by the JCJC programme of the French Agency for Scientific Research (ANR).

General objective

Based on primary sources in Sanskrit/Tibetan/Chinese/Old Javanese, and/or objects and icons (statues, reliefs, paintings) from South and/or Southeast Asia, the recruited fellow will study the mobility of Buddhist monks and ritual agents across Maritime Asia, with a particular focus on sources, objects, and agents of Mahāyāna Buddhist Tantra in the medieval period (ca. 700–1400 CE). Periods of research in Asia (with funding from the project) will be considered if necessary.

Description of the tasks

The postdoctoral fellow will participate in the tasks of the project, in particular research on textual or visual sources in the geographical and cultural areas concerned by the project; analysis of a relevant documentary corpus from archives; creation and feeding of a website (; publications and presentations in conferences in collaboration with the rest of the team; organisation of conferences, panels, and symposia.

Expected competences

• The candidate must hold a PhD, and demonstrate research competence through at least one publication.
• Proficiency in at least one Asian language relevant to the project (viz. Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Old Javanese, Indonesian, etc.) is required for the ‘philology’ profile, but also recommended for the ‘art history’ profile.
• Fluency in English is mandatory.

Working environment

The recruited researcher will be integrated into the team of the MANTRA project, and supervised by Andrea Acri, Assistant Professor/Senior Lecturer in Tantric Studies at the EPHE. The position is attached to the GREI research unit (EA2120) in Paris (Campus Condorcet). However, the nature of the work will offer a certain flexibilitý to the recruited researcher, who will be able to reside as close as possible to the archives

Constraints and risks

No particular constraints or risks.


They will include a CV; a short written presentation (2–4 pages) on a research topic within the scientific framework of the MANTRA project, including a two-year research plan and a description of any activities and stays abroad; a copy of the thesis and/or a publication (scientific article) in digital format. The successful candidate will be informed of the decision regarding his/her application by 20 May 2023 at the latest.

Email contact (information and application): andrea.acri [at]

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