Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Studies

University of Tartu School of Theology and Religious Studies

School of Theology and Religious Studies


Duties and responsibilities
  • Teaching at all levels of higher education in the fields of Biblical Studies, using modern teaching methods and educational technology.
  • Supervising students. Within five years, doctoral dissertations have to be defended under the supervision of the professor. 
  • Activities related to the administration and development of teaching. Development of new subjects related to Biblical Studies.
  • Professional development to enhance teaching and supervising skills. 
  • High-level RDC activities, incl. directing RDC activities in the specialisation and taking care that necessary resources (incl. research grants) are available for it. Directing a research theme or a part of it and within this work, supervising other academic staff. Internationally recognised research in five years at least in the volume equivalent to that of two doctoral theses. Participation in international research administrative activities, incl. participation in collaboration networks, work at editorial boards of research publications or as a reviewer, work as an expert in foreign institutions.
  • Participation in the work of academic and administrative decision-making bodies of the university. 
  • Popularisation of the speciality. 
  • Research and teaching topics should preferably relate to the field of translation and interpretation of Biblical texts, The literary history of the Old Testament and related literature, history and history of religion of Ancient Israel and Levant until 2nd cent. CE. 
Required qualifications
PhD or an equivalent qualification.
Required experience
  • Previous teaching experience at all levels of higher education, incl. effective supervising of master’s students and experience with supervising doctoral students. Ability to organise teaching and teach at all levels of higher education.   
  • Ability to organise RDC activities in the specialisation. Success in applying for research funding as well as managing and performing RDC-related contracts in the last five years.
  • Internationally recognised professional research, the volume of which so far is equivalent to at least three doctoral theses, incl. internationally recognised research in the last five years at least in the volume equivalent to that of 1.5 doctoral thesis. 
  • Participation in the work of the international community in the speciali­sation, incl. participation in the work of professional societies or their subunits or in international RDC projects, work on the editorial panel of research publications or as a reviewer, work as an expert in foreign institutions (e.g. evaluating academic staff or allocating research grants).
  • Experience in translating biblical texts, and published translations.
  • Participation in working groups and/or expert councils related to the promotion and implementation of the specialisation at the national or international level.
  • Experience in administrative work and management.
Required language skills
Estonian, English, German, Ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, Old Greek, Latin.

Starting at
Remuneration based on UT Salary Rules.
Additional info
Deputy Head of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, associated professor Olga Schihalejev (olga.schihalejev [ät]