Gepubliceerd op 27-06-2016

Job: Postdoc position in ancient medicine and philosophy: “The Unity of Galen’s Physiology”

Job description

Galen of Pergamum (129–c.213 CE) may count as the father of western medicine, whose influence dominated medical history until well into the 19th century. But he saw himself as a philosopher no less than a doctor, and in his voluminous writings we find medical and philosophical perspectives combined. The NWO-funded research project ‘Human Nature: Medical and Philosophical Perspectives in the Work of Galen of Pergamum’ explores Galen’s view of human nature from a variety of perspectives: philosophical, physiological, anatomical, psychological, moral and religious. Apart from studying Galen’s position and its intellectual background, the project is designed to contribute to present-day debates on well-being and illness, concepts of humanity in bio-ethics, the societal role of medicine and the doctor as well as multidisciplinarity and discipline-formation.

As a postdoc you will carry out the subproject “The Unity of Galen’s Physiology,” focusing on the question how far Platonic tripartite psychology, Hellenistic anatomical work concerned with the nervous system and pneumatology have been integrated by Galen into a coherent theory. You will work under the supervision of the project leader prof. dr. Teun Tieleman and complete a monograph within three years. In addition, you will play your part as member of the core research team, which apart from prof. Tieleman will consist of two post-doctoral researchers and a PhD student. As such, you will participate in and contribute to workshops and other activities related to the project.

You will be based at the Utrecht Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, section History of Philosophy, which provides a relevant, stimulating and internationally oriented research environment.


  • A PhD in Classics or (Ancient) Philosophy or History of (Ancient) Medicine; or a PhD dissertation in one of these fields already accepted by the PhD committee.
  • Excellent track record and research skills relative to experience.
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • A pro-active attitude and excellent communication and collaborative skills.
  • Interest in interdisciplinary work and societal challenges is considered an advantage.

You can apply for this job until September, 01 2016.
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