Gepubliceerd op 11-10-2021

PhD position: Economic History of Sub-Saharan Africa

A PhD candidate in history or economics focussing on economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa in the long 20th century. You will have the liberty to develop your own research project on one of the following topics:
  • Intra-Africa trade and trade networks
  • Labour markets, education and human capital formation
  • Government borrowing and foreign direct investment

You will be part of a larger research team working on the NWO VICI-project ‘South-South Divergence. Comparative Histories of Regional Integration in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa since 1850’, and will be supervised by prof. Ewout Frankema and other scholars of the Rural and Environmental History Group. You will follow the PhD-education programmes of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS) and the N.W. Posthumus Institute. Also co-lecture one or two courses in economic, global and/or environmental history to social science students will be a part of this position.

You are an ambitious, enthusiastic scholar and a team player, devoted to research and education in an international and interdisciplinary academic environment.
You also have:

  • a completed MA in African history, Economic history or a related history field; Economists with an MSc in Development Economics and a proven interest in questions of long-term development in Sub-Saharan Africa are also invited to apply;
  • demonstrable research skills; Experience with archival research and statistical analysis is a major advantage;
  • excellent command of English in oral and written form; proficiency in other languages would be considered an advantage, depending on the chosen research focus;
  • good organizational skills and the proven capacity to work with deadlines;
  • enthusiasm for teaching and working with (international) students;
  • strong motivation to develop your own research project;
  • ability to work both independently and in small teams.

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team.
The gross salary for the first year is € 2.434,- per month rising to € 3.111,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.

Coming from abroad
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You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval. To apply, please upload – next to your letter of motivation and your cv – the following documents:

  • Full transcript of grades obtained during (Res)MA/MSc studies
  • Two recent letters of reference, one of which preferably written by your thesis supervisor
  • Your MA/MSc thesis
  • A 1.000 word outline of your research ideas related to the PhD project*
  • An important element of the application file includes a 1.000 word (maximum) outline of your research ideas. In this outline, you may discuss the geographic area and time frame you would focus on, the research question(s) you would be interested in and how you intend to tackle that question/those questions. Provide a justification for your research question(s) as well as the chosen region(s) and time period on the basis of the relevant academic literature. In addition, discuss the research methods you intend to use, why you have chosen these methods, and which possible sources you intend to study. Applications without a research outline will not be taken into consideration.

We prefer a candidate who can start as soon as possible, but the starting date is negotiable.

Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Ewout Frankema via ewout.frankema@wur.nl.

For more information about the procedure, please contact Sandra Willemsen, Corporate recruiter or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment support via recruitment.ssg@wur.nl.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 21 November 2021. We will schedule the first job interviews soon after closing date.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

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