PostDoc (2+3ys) on Yoga, Ayurveda Alchemy

I am posting the following announcement on behalf of Dagmar Wujastyk, who recently won an ERC project (that is, an amazingly competitive project funded by the EU, for which the chances of success are really low, lower than 10%, but which grants you up to six years of work with a team on the project you designed) and is looking for a member of her team:

We are offering a full-time position (2yrs+3yrs) as postdoctoral research assistant to contribute to the ERC Starting Grant project “Medicine, Immortality, Moksha: Entangled Histories of Yoga, Ayurveda and Alchemy in South Asia.” The project is located at the department for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies of the University of Vienna. The position is to be filled from 1st July 2015 or at the earliest possible time until 30th June 2017, with the possibility of a further three years extension. The gross salary for the full time position will be in the range € 49.644,00 — € 55.003,20 per annum.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree in Indology, South Asian studies or related fields. Eligibility criteria include excellent knowledge of Sanskrit and/or classical Tamil and interest in medieval yoga literature. Experience in working with manuscripts, expertise in haṭhayoga literature, Tamil (Siddha) medical literature, ayurvedic literature and rasaśāstra literature would be advantageous.

The successful candidate will work as part of a team of three postdoctoral researchers in an ERC-funded project that will examine the histories of yoga, ayurveda and rasaśāstra from the tenth century to the present, focussing on the disciplines’ health, rejuvenation and longevity practices. The goals of the project are to reveal the entanglements of these historical traditions, and to trace the trajectories of their evolution as components of today’s global healthcare and personal development industries. Please refer to the project’s website for further details on the project.

The successful candidate´s research will focus on the influence of ayurveda and rasaśāstra on haṭhayoga traditions and/or Siddha medicine between the twelfth and the eighteenth centuries, translating and analysing haṭhayoga/Siddha texts from that period.

Applications should include copies of degree certificates, curriculum vitae, a one page motivation statement, and list of publications (if applicable). Please email applications in the form of a single PDF to Dr. Dagmar Wujastyk (d.wujastyk(at), quoting “AYURYOG application” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is the 1st of May 2015. For further information on the project, please refer to the project website at

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  1. I’m on the way to submit my PhD thesis very shortly in SASTRA University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. My PhD title is on the scientific, toxicity and therapeutic evaluation of Naga bhasma- a lead based Ayurvedic herbo-metallic preparation. I’m very much interested in unraveling the therapeutic possibilities of many Ayurvedic drugs and their mechanism of action. My interests are also in understanding Tamil literatures pertaining to Siddha. Kindly, let me know if there is any research positions available according to my interests. Thank You