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Brandeis University invites applications for a two-year, non-renewable Florence Levy Kay Fellowship in Hebrew Bible and Mediterranean Cross-Cultural Textual Traditions. We seek a Fellow who takes intercultural approaches to the people, cultures, material remains, and languages of the ancient Eastern Mediterranean. The area and period of specialization is open, but we are especially interested in candidates whose research and teaching interests explore the cross-cultural influences that shaped the development of the Hebrew Bible across multiple sociocultural and linguistic groups in the region. We welcome applications from PhDs in Classical Studies, Near Eastern, Judaic Studies, Biblical Studies or other related fields.

Kay Fellowships are interdisciplinary appointments. The Kay Fellow in Mediterranean Cross-Cultural Textual Traditions will hold a joint appointment as a faculty member at the rank of lecturer in the Departments of Classical Studies and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. The Kay Fellow will teach one course per semester and actively pursue their own research interests. The Fellow will receive a 2020-2021 salary of $60,000, plus benefits, with moving expenses (around $1,500), and a research fund of up to $4,000 per year. PhD should be in hand by the commencement of the fellowship. Applications, which should be submitted through AcademicJobsOnline at should include a CV, a writing sample of under 30 pages, a cover letter with a brief statement of research and teaching interests (no longer than two pages), and three references. Letters of recommendation will be solicited for a short list of candidates. First consideration will be given to applications received by January 30, 2020. Questions about the position may be directed to Joel Christensen at or Eugene Sheppard at
At Brandeis, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components of academic excellence. Brandeis University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions. Because diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of Brandeis’ history and mission, we value and are seeking candidates who represent a variety of social identities, including those that have been underrepresented in higher education, who possess skills that spark innovation, and who, through their scholarly pursuits, teaching, and/or service experiences, bring expertise in building, engaging and sustaining a pluralistic, interconnected, and just campus community.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing sample (under 30 pages)
  • Cover letter to include brief statement of research and teaching interests (no longer than two pages)
  • Three References (no actual letters, just names and email addresses )
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:

Joel Christensen <>; Eugene Sheppard <>
Search Committee Chairs
Kay Fellow - CLAS/NEJS
Brandeis University - MS 092
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453