History of South Asian Alchemy Post-doctoral Position at the Department of History and Classics

Dagmar Wujastyk
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We are currently seeking a post-doctoral researcher to join the AyurYog project (www.ayuryog.org) at the department for History and Classics at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The AyurYog project examines the connected histories of yoga, ayurveda and rasaśāstra (Indian alchemy and iatrochemistry) from the tenth century to the present. The successful applicant will be expected to

 -- conduct original research on the connected histories of alchemy, yoga and medicine in South Asia,

-- contribute at least three articles towards the project's planned source book of Indian alchemy, involving a comprehensive introduction and translation of primary Sanskrit alchemical sources,

-- aid in organizing a workshop, and

-- take part in the project's outreach activities.


The fellowship is for 18 months. The post is available immediately, but the successful applicant will be expected to take up the post-doctoral appointment no later than 30 October 2018. The annual stipend is C$52,000. In addition to the stipend, the award includes supplemental health benefits. An additional C$5,000 is available for research-related expenses and travel.


Eligibility criteria include:

-- PhD degree (completed within the last 5 years) in South Asian Studies/Indology or comparable

-- Proficiency in Sanskrit

-- Fluency in English and strong writing skills

-- Experience in translating Sanskrit alchemical, medical, yoga or tantric works an asset



To Apply:
Forward your covering letter, CV and contact information for three references to:

Dagmar Wujastyk, PhD (Principal Investigator, Ayuryog)

[email protected]   



Closing date:





We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.


The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

History of South Asian Alchemy Post-doctoral Position at the Department of History and Classics

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